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Books

  • The tough journey of life

    Emily Barbaro-Sant, Siltiet mill-Imgħoddi ta’ Ħajti, A&M Printing, 2011. 265 pp. It was way back in the mid-1990s that I heard for the first time of Blessed Maria Adeodata Pisani, the Benedictine nun of the Mdina Monastery whose cause for...

  • National Book Prize kids’ category winner

    National Book Prize kids’ category winner

    A book narrating the true life story of an Eritrean, who found refuge in Malta, earned Clare Azzopardi first prize in the 2013 National Book Prize – children’s category. The book, Kidane – Ġrajja ta’ Tama/A Story of Hope, was the result of a...

  • Malala wins UK book prize

    Malala wins UK book prize

    Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for speaking up for education and women’s rights, has now become an award-winning author. The 16-year-old and journalist Christina Lamb won the Magic FM Non-fiction Book of...

  • German state drops plan for a reprint of Hitler’s Mein Kampf

    The German state of Bavaria announced on Wednesday it had scrapped plans to publish a new academic reprint of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf with critical commentary when its legal power to ban the book expires in 2015. The southern German state owns...

  • Recording 50 years of management

    The Malta Institute of Management (MIM) has launched its 50th anniversary celebrations with the publication of a commemorative book with the theme Born to Lead. The MIM was the brainchild of a small group of young Maltese business executives at...

  • Interpreting human space

    In his book Species of Spaces (Espèces d’espaces), French writer George Perec explored the spaces he dealt with daily – be it the empty page of a book or the bedroom – and transformed the ordinary into something different. Dancers and...

  • A study on St Augustine

    Peter Paul Cachia: Kif Taqra l-‘Istqarrijiet’ ta’ Santu Wistin. Maltese Augustinian Province, 2013. 123 pp. More than two decades ago, in 1989, the Maltese Augustinian Province published a scholarly translation of St Augustine’s immortal...

  • Alfred Sant’s new collection of books

    Alfred Sant’s new collection of books

    The latest collection of tales by Alfred Sant, Ċpar, offers a follow-up to his bestselling collection from four years ago, Pupu fil-Baħar. As in the latter, the new tales create a climate of uncertainty about what the main characters are...

  • Artist’s biography of essays, drawings

    Focusing on a collection of still-life drawings, figure and portrait drawings, paintings from sculptures and nudes, Godwin Cutajar’s recently published The Unfinished Monograph is presented in an uncommon format that follows a scrapbook...

  • Literature in translation

    Taking readers on a journey through the literary world of Camus, Moravia, Lawrence, Fussenegger, Borges, Unamuno, Friggieri, Mejlak, Hardy and Maughan, among others, Literature in Translation/Il-Letteratura fit-Traduzzjoni was recently released by...

  • For lovers of Roman mythology

    Horatio Caesar Roger Vella: Properzju Eleġiji. Assisi, 2012. 107 pp. The name Horatio Caesar Roger Vella does not need any introduction, and it is certainly familiar with the reading public of the Maltese islands. His name was immortalised for...

  • First e-book platform for Maltese readers launched

    Ever wanted to read e-books in Maltese? The question applies to the increasing number of Maltese who prefer to read a Maltese book electronically and also to Maltese who are living abroad. The added advantage for the latter is that now they can...

  • The law of education

    An Introduction to the Law of Education, by former president, lawyer and politician Ugo Mifsud Bonnici, offers an ideal tool for the continuous development of this social process for generations to come. This work is made up of seven chapters...

  • What happens in Sliema...

    Lyricist and author Gerard James Borg, best known for penning Ira Losco’s Seventh Wonder, returns to the public eye with his debut novel, Sliema Wives. A fast-paced work of fiction, Sliema Wives takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride into the...

  • The Pauline myth in Malta

    Historian and writer Mark Camilleri’s latest publication, Il-Mit Pawlin u l-Abbuż tal-Istorja Maltija, takes the form of a critique which explains how Maltese history has been abused for religious and ideological purposes. Rather than revealing...

  • Translating the past...

    Translating the past...

    Joseph Scicluna is a novelist and translator with an undeniable passion for Malta’s heritage. It’s this fascination with Maltese history that led Scicluna to contribute several translations (into English) of original documents and memoirs by...

  • An example of courage to the world

    Frank Zammit: Ġwanni Pawlu II – It-Triq tal-Qdusija. Klabb Kotba Maltin, 2013. 114 pp. In view of the imminent canonisation of Pope John Paul II, on the same day as that of Pope John XXIII, it is to be expected that some publication or other will...

  • Harry Potter is children’s favourite

    Harry Potter has cast a spell over young readers after topping a poll to find the UK’s favourite children’s book. The boy wizard’s first adventure, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, received the most votes in the survey by reading charity...

  • Operas Maltese like or have liked

    Tony C. Cutajar: Popular Operas in the Maltese Islands. Faraxa, 2013. 184 pp. I am not sure to whom this book is addressed. Much of it consists of an act-by-act synopsis of the 20 operas forming its subject, when most opera lovers seeking...

  • A Czech folktale retold

    A modern poetic remake of a classic Czech folktale, told from generation to generation, is now available in Maltese and English as a Horizons publication, under the name Budulienko. The story revolves around a little, curious boy, Budulienko, and...

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