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  • From Gorillaz to Tank Girl

    From Gorillaz to Tank Girl

    Comic book artist Rufus Dayglo’s work is a pop culture geek’s dream. Ramona Depares interviews him ahead of his participation at Malta Comic-Con. His body is a testament to his passion for comics. Strips from the Silver Surfer are tattooed on his...

  • What the French really did in Malta

    Charles Xuereb: France In The Maltese Collective Memory: Perceptions, Perspectives, Identities after Bonaparte in British Malta. Malta University Press, 2014. 418 pp. On page 126 of the book there is a direct reference to the place where those who...

  • Merchants of death

    Joe Mifsud; Terror’s Footprints. Kite Group, 2014. 440 pp It still remains to be explained why an island so small should have attracted terrorists on a scale so large. For all its geographic insignificance, Malta has had a hugely significant role...

  • Through the eyes of two generations

    Through the eyes of two generations

    In a story spanning 60 years, Angela Mastronuzzi and Patricia Salomone’s new books tell of life in Malta and Italy. Jo Caruana explores what makes these books so special. It’s always enchanting to read stories of private memories. Personal...

  • The very short story book

    The very short story book

    Spurred by the fact that most Maltese don’t read, Ġorġ Mallia has published a book of stories so short you can read them in a minute. And yes, it works. He shares a few words with Veronica Stivala. We don’t read any more. Well, we do, but very...

  • The Bible has had ‘greatest impact on modern society’

    The Bible has had ‘greatest impact on modern society’

    The Bible, Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species and Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time have been named as the books which have had the greatest impact on the modern world in a British poll. The survey, commissioned by the Folio Society,...

  • When east meets west through manga

    When east meets west through manga

    She is most well-known in Europe for her adaptation of Sophie Kinsella’s book Confessions of a Shopaholic to manga. But artist and story-writer Yishan Li’s versatile style is appreciated both across east and west and ranges from traditional...

  • An intriguing journey in Maltese organology

    Anna Borg Cardona: Musical Instruments of the Maltese Islands: History, Folkways and Traditions. Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti. 2014. 291 pp. The study of musical instruments encompasses a wide range of topics, such as construction, classification,...

  • A landmark biography

    Daniel Massa: PSI Kingmaker: Life, thought and adventures of Peter Serracino Inglott. Progress Press Ltd. 2013. pp 940. Peter Serracino Inglott’s (PSI) life as priest and ‘kingmaker’, or political advisor, to three prime-ministers parallels the...

  • New Frans Sammut publication on the history of education

    When my father Frans Sammut died in May 2011, he left a considerable amount of unpublished writings. The family has been going through them, finding at least three in book form so far, all of a historical nature. One of them, called Ġrajjet...

  • Not lost in translation

    Not lost in translation

    The translation of foreign language books into Maltese or English is gaining ground on a local level. Yet, some feel that devoting energy to non-original melitensia is wasting precious resources. Ramona Depares finds out more. The literature...

  • The other side of the coin

    The other side of the coin

    A number of foreign language books also get locally translatedto English. One such book is Federica Brunini’s The Blonde Formula. The English translation by Becky d’Ugo is being launched at this year’s book festival. The light-fiction book, which...

  • An expansive novel that attracts admiration

    An expansive novel that attracts admiration

    Alfred Sant: La Bidu, la Tmiem, 1599. Sensiela Kotba Soċjalisti, 2014. 892 pp. The publishing house Sensiela Kotba Soċjalisti (SKS) is bringing out a revised reprint of Alfred Sant’s novel La Bidu, La Tmiem, 1599 (Neither a Beginning, nor an...

  • A study in Maltese archaeology

    Essays on the Archaeology and Ancient History of the Maltese Islands. Bronze Age to Byzantine gathers in one beautifully-crafted volume a collection of archaeological and art historical studies by leading scholar and academic Mario Buhagiar. The...

  • Self-help through poetry for children

    Writer Christine Attard has just launched a book, titled Life Rhymes for Young Minds, to help children understand their emotions better. The book is presented as a collection of self-help poems which aim to address emotions and situations that...

  • Ruled by a woman’s rejection

    Ruled by a woman’s rejection

    Jutta Heim, the namesake of Immanuel Mifsud’s latest book, is a waitress working in Alexanderplatz, East Berlin, with whom Erik Xerri, a famous Maltese actor, has a one-night stand on March 28, 1980. Despite his being a globetrotting philanderer,...

  • A book to delight the senses

    Frances Bissell: The Floral Baker. Serif Books, 2014. 176 pp. You are unlikely to find this cookery book on contemporary cookbook shelves, where cele-brity chefs’ books outshine one another with their bright and glossy colours. But Francis...

  • A separate diocese and vernacular architecture

    Eds: Lino Briguglio, ET AL: The Gozo Observer. University Campus, 2014. 40 pp. This year was a special year for the islands which celebrated no fewer than three historic anniversaries. Gozo, on its part, also had its own significant celebration...

  • The creative partnership

    Cassar, Joseph Paul: The Life and Works of Lewis Wirth and Helen Cavarra: Their Creative Partnership. Publication by Mariz Cassar, 2014. 336pp. Husband and wife Lewis Wirth (1923-2010) and Helen née Cavarra (1926-1978) were two meticulous and...

  • ‘A novel that hits you hard in the stomach’

    ‘A novel that hits you hard in the stomach’

    Australian novelist Richard Flanagan said that before winning the prestigious Man Booker prize for literature he had considered becoming a miner because he found it so difficult to make a living at his craft. Flanagan, 53, won the prestigious...

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