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  • Politicians in purgatory

    J.W. Psaila: Il-Purgatorju 360º. Self-published. 2014. J.W. Psaila is an author whose name is unfamiliar to me, though I see he has published four volumes before the present one. With this new book I suspect he is now making his mark in Maltese...

  • Hungary's Krasznahorkai wins Man Booker International Prize

    Hungarian writer Laszlo Krasznahorkai has won the Man Booker International Prize for what the judges said were "magnificent works of deep imagination and complex passions, in which the human comedy verges painfully onto...

  • Endings that don’t deliver

    Ramona Depares enjoys three blockbusters that topped charts, only to discover that the each story goes belly-up right at the end. Spoilers aplenty are present. Some books start out at the top of the literary rollercoaster, full of promise and...

  • Bringing books to life

    Bringing books to life

    Pupils at San Bastjan primary school enjoyed a hands-on experience putting a book together thanks to a project spearheaded by assistant head Mark Camilleri. For three days earlier this month, children attending San Bastjan Primary in Qormi, part...

  • Writing to be red

    Writing to be red

    Miriam Calleja can be described by the unusual title of poet-pharmacist. She speaks to Veronica Stivala about her first anthology and points out how the two activities are actually closely connected. Framed by a square-shaped opening at the top...

  • Rhythmical romantics

    Carmel Mallia: Poe, DOM Communications Ltd., 2014, 127pp. Carmel Mallia’s anthology of rhythmical verse reflect the poet’s command and exposure to a cultural potpourri of experiences spanning decades during which he studied philosophy, taught the...

  • EU literature prize winner’s work translated into English

    EU literature prize winner’s work translated into English

    Each of his literary outings has been a huge hit, both with critics but also – especially – with readers who even when not fans of Maltese literature flocked to his inimitable style of evocative, sensual and haunting writing. Pierre J. Mejlak is...

  • Book festival on campus

    Book festival on campus

    The National Book Council and the Għaqda tal-Malti – Università are holding the annual book festival at the University of Malta’s campus between Tuesday and Thursday between 9am and 3pm and 7 and 9.30pm. The festival offers Maltese publishers and...

  • The man behind the myth

    Sergio Grech (Ed.): Monsinjur Victor Grech: Bejn Storja u Miti. Horizons, 2015. 238 pp. They used to call them panygirics in Roman times. Now we tend to call them festschrift, a word borrowed from German, meaning a celebratory publication. Sergio...

  • Of matters archaeological

    Nicholas Vella (Ed), Malta Archaeological Review Issue 10. 2015, 80 pp. Slowly but surely, the efforts of the Archaeological Society of Malta to bring its journal up to date are bearing fruit. However, what is more remarkable is the fact that...

  • Real life inspiration

    Real life inspiration

    The book Her Way – Helen’s Inspiration to Life, written by Ingrid Zerafa for the Action for Breast Cancer Foundation is now available in bookshops. British-born Helen Muscat came to Malta after marrying psychiatrist Peter Muscat. With a very solid...

  • Writer’s memoir of her ill husband wins award

    Visual artist Marion Coutts’s memoir The Iceberg, about the time she spent nursing and caring for her writer husband Tom Lubbock as he slowly died of a brain tumour, was named the winner of the Wellcome Book Prize 2015. Coutts’s book was chosen...

  • An underlying sense of irony

    Victor Fenech: Malta - Poema Viżiva. Horizons, 2015. 72 pp. Victor Fenech, one of the protagonists of the 1960s’ Moviment Qawmien Letterarju, is well known for his efforts in experimental innovation in the Maltese poetical field, ranging from the...

  • Irvin Vella, virtual investigator

    John Bonello’s recent foray into children’s detective stories has generated an exciting buzz around books for young readers. He tells Ramona Depares about the process that led to this new direction. There’s a huge, haunted house that exists in...

  • Magnificent St Publius

    Magnificent St Publius

    Freddie Tonna, Stephen Tonna, Charles Zammit Moore (Eds): Il-Knisja Ta’ San Publju Fil-Furjana – Storja U Arti. Il-Floriana, 2015. 400 pp. All Maltese have traditionally looked at their parish church not only as a central place of religious cult,...

  • The slush pile

    A kind soul recently introduced me to The Good Wife, a courtroom drama television series. Meaning that I’m currently in the throes of yet another addiction as I binge-watch my way to pre-dawn most weekends. And, immersed as I am in subpoenas and...

  • New edition of arts magazine

    Arts and culture magazine, Patron, is launching its fifth issue in St Anne’s Square, Sliema, at 8pm on Friday. Dubbed ‘The Quality Issue’, this edition digs into the cultural progress of Malta’s creative industries and attempts to focus on any...

  • Crossing the channel, so to speak

    Giuseppe Brincat, Elena D’Avenia, L’Inchiesta marinara a Malta. Centro di studi filologici e linguistici siciliani, Palermo, 2014, 126pp + 50 plates. Every so often we read of Sicilian fishermen who are handed down crippling fines for plying their...

  • Improbably fun, unexpectedly relevant

    Michael Refalo: The Maltese Nineteenth-Century Notary and his Archives. BDL, 2014, 128 pp. I have no idea why, but I find that the vast majority of Gozitans I met during my life possess a subtle congeniality, a characteristic which I like a lot...

  • Second edition of Duende to be launched

    The second edition of Duende, Lizzie Eldridge’s debut novel that focuses on a fictionalised and romantic account of civil war in Spain, is being launched at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta on April 23. Set in Spain 1900-1936, Duende...

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