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  • A poet’s diaries

    Ciwanmerd Kulek learnt Spanish with a rifle in his hand, Turkish because he had no other choice and English because of his literary aspirations. He is, to date, the only writer to have translated something from Spanish into Kurdish, his mother...

  • Her life in poetry

    Her life in poetry

    A child raised in a particular way will always be under its influence, says poet Roja Chamankar. She reveals to Veronica Stivala about how the vestiges of its impact can be traced in each and every word of her poetry. Roja Chamankar grew up in a...

  • Fourth issue of the Journal of Baroque Studies

    The International Institute for Baroque Studies at the University of Malta has just published the fourth issue of The Journal of Baroque Studies. This peer-reviewed academic journal is edited by Frans Ciappara and contains nine original...

  • New book on Nazju Falzon

    The story of the man whose miraculous cure from cancer led to the beatification of Nazju Falzon by John Paul II in 2001 is now recounted in a new book in Maltese issued by the Vice-Postulation for the Cause of Nazju’s Canonisation. Anthony Gambin,...

  • All in one: writer, artist, bookbinder

    All in one: writer, artist, bookbinder

    Every new book receives a different welcome. Some readers riffle through the pages, taking in the smell of new print. Others refer to the back page blurbs, read the author’s biography or flutter the leaves, enjoying the prospect of a new story, a...

  • Songs from the soul of a nation

    Songs from the soul of a nation

    Manuel Casha:Maltese TraditionalMusic of Għana and PrejjemSelf-Published, 2016. For the vast majority of us, Maltese folk-singing (għana) is at best a closed book, a genre which we struggle to understand. A new book just published, Maltese...

  • A landmark publication

    Joseph Vella Bondin:The Great Maltese Composers: historical context, lives, and works.APS Bank Ltd/Midsea Books Ltd, 2016. 864 pp. This beautifully produced, authoritative book, in which we are introduced to no less than 80 different Maltese...

  • Memoirs in Malta

    University of Malta professor Toni Aquilina’s translation into Maltese of Daniel Rondeau’s Malta Ħanina has just been published, with the support of The Malta Book Council. The book, originally written in French, was first published by Éditions...

  • Watch: Panic in Spain as crowd confuses flashmob for terror attack

    Watch: Panic in Spain as crowd confuses flashmob for terror attack

    A flashmob meant as a bit of holiday fun on Spain's Costa Brava turned ugly yesterday after crowds mistook the stunt for a terrorist attack.  People screamed and fled the scene on Platja d'Oro's promenade in panic after a group of approximately...

  • German-Jewish writer Angelika Schrobscorff dies aged 88

    German-Jewish writer Angelika Schrobsdorff, whose best-selling works included a book about her mother growing up in Germany and then having to flee when the Nazis came to power, has died at the age of 88. German news agency dpa reported that...

  • History, bottom-up

    Mark Camilleri:A Materialist Revision of Maltese History: 870-1919,SKS 2016 We create history while narrating it. Of course, we do not create past facts or events, but we do create their way of presenting themselves to us according to one or more...

  • The mystery of the Borges manuscript

    Lillian Sciberras:Shadows in PenumbraHorizons, 2016 ISBN978-99957-63-20-6181 pp In this short and attractively written novel, her first so far, Lillian Sciberras has produced a cleverly constructed tale that combines vivid autobiographical...

  • A materialist revision of Maltese history

    A materialist revision of Maltese history

    A Materialist Revision of Maltese History: 870- 1919 by Mark Camilleri is a new critical reading of Maltese history which will be launched on August 10 at the Fortress Building, Valletta. Influenced by Hegelian philosophy and Marxist materialism,...

  • An introduction to 20th-century architecture

    An introduction to 20th-century architecture

    Mark G. Muscat: Maltese Architecture 1900-1970: Progress and Innovations.Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti, 2016. The architectural output of Malta in the 20th century was a varied and eclectic one. This subject matter has received the indepth...

  • Murder, he wrote

    Murder, he wrote

    Inspector Gallo’s back and things are getting bloodier. Ramona Depares interviews writer Mark Camilleri about his third, recently-launched crime novel, Nex. It’s been some years since we last met Inspector Gallo – what has he been up to in the...

  • Borg Olivier and the Innu Malti

    Joseph M. Pirotta:Nation, Pride and Dignity. Borg Olivier and the National Anthem.Malta, 2016. Compared to Joseph M. Pirotta’s great multi-volume history of Malta’s political road to independence, the long-awaited final volume of which should...

  • A comprehensive listing

    Michael Galea:Malta – Admirals of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta.Horizona, 2016. In my formative years as a young historian studying Maltese history, the author Michael Galea was always...

  • The slush pile

    It’s a glorious early summer Saturday morning in Gorizia, a small town of 35,000 inhabitants at the very edge of northeast Italy. So much at the edge that the Slovenian border quite literally cuts through the city – stroll casually through Piazza...

  • Love in time of war

    Chris Cleave: Everyone brave is forgivenSceptre, 2016. ISBN978-1-473-61869-5 438pp. This is a love novel based in London and to a smaller extent in Malta during the first years of World War II. Both places were submitted to all the force of German...

  • Stories of the Maltese in Australia

    Joe Axiaq: Il-bogħod li jifred. Novelli ta’ Joe AxiaqTrojan Press,Port Melbourne, Australia 2016, 235 p. The name of Gozo-born author Joe Axiaq has become synonymous with The Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Radio, which is the multi-lingual...

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