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  • 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    When my father Frans Sammut died in May 2011, he left a considerable amount of unpublished writings.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...

  • The Man Booker shortlist

    The winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize, considered one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards, will be announced today in London. Here are capsule reviews by Reuters correspondents of the six shortlisted contenders. The Lives of Others...

  • Crafting words with no borders

    Crafting words with no borders

    The EU Prize for Literature is one of the most prestigious awards available to writers and Pierre J. Mejlak is one of this year’s winners with Dak li l-Lejl Iħallik Tgħid. Ramona Depares discusses the author’s thoughts about the globalisation of...

  • Launch of Vittoriosa book

    Lino Bugeja will be presenting his latest book, Vittoriosa, An Ancient City of Culture, with a discussion . Speakers at the event include President Emeritus Ugo Mifsud Bonnici and former The Sunday Times of Malta editor Laurence Grech. Grech will...

  • The slush pile

    What should I read next? If I had to pick out the most oft-asked question I get from friends and acquaintances, once they’ve marked me as a book person, this would probably be it. And in a nutshell, this question is why physical bookshops...

  • A new dimension in horror

    A new dimension in horror

    Anton Grasso’s second edition of Mejt (Dizziness) was recently published by Horizons Communications. The first edition of this book was published in 1988. Grasso is one of Malta’s most prolific writers and considered the best horror writer in the...

  • Saints for an illustrious Order

    Cynthia De Giorgio: Mattia Preti: Saints And Heroes For The Knights Of Malta, Midsea Books, 2014. 144 pp. Mattia Preti’s 40-year-long stay in Malta is undoubtedly the most significant such residence by an artist. Not only was he to introduce the...

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