Reviews

Jolts – Fernando Sdrigotti

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There is a loneliness, that voice of the outsider, of the creative kid, of the misfit, of the writer, that haunts every joke, every line etched to make the reader laugh.

Cosmogramma – Courttia Newland

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These episodic jaunts focus on the difficult choices people make in desperate situations.

Stranger to the Moon – Evelio Rosero 

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Rosero goads the reader to consider what tenses we’re thinking, dreaming, imagining in, as we hurtle at the precipice, towards a future not by any means assured.

Search History – Eugene Lim

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Lim’s novel promises the disorientation of a house of mirrors.

Imagine a Death – Janice Lee

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Lee’s novel is a representative of a new wave of apocalyptic literature where ecological and societal collapse do not automatically displace personal trauma and toxic social hierarchies, but rather, complicates them, allowing us to fashion new worlds for ourselves in the cracks of our collective disenchantment.

Happy Hour – Marlowe Granados

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Suffering doesn’t actually have to be a prerequisite for having the right to be creating something, nor does anyone actually have a god-given directive to whittle their suffering into something to be offered up to a market.

Sho – Douglas Kearney

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Kearney’s poetic performance is breaking the very institutions that claim to define it — and bend us all, like a horse.

Kinderkrankenhaus – Jesi Bender

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Jesi Bender is an adroit magician of the reshuffled phoneme. The author deconstructs and reconstructs language through verbal play, and in the process reveals that new worlds can be coined, just as words can.

Sambac Beneath Unlikely Skies – Heba Hayek

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What Hayek accomplishes with her debut collection is to transcribe the crisis of categorization that defines the Palestinian experience.

Happy Hour – Marlowe Granados

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Suffering doesn’t actually have to be a prerequisite for having the right to be creating something, nor does anyone actually have a god-given directive to whittle their suffering into something to be offered up to a market.

Sambac Beneath Unlikely Skies – Heba Hayek

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What Hayek accomplishes with her debut collection is to transcribe the crisis of categorization that defines the Palestinian experience.

Stranger to the Moon – Evelio Rosero 

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Rosero goads the reader to consider what tenses we’re thinking, dreaming, imagining in, as we hurtle at the precipice, towards a future not by any means assured.

Rogomelec – Leonor Fini

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ROGOMELEC is a collection of surrealist vignettes, conjoined by non-sequiturs. The novel is opaque, and that’s how Fini likes it.