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Folio prize goes to

The Libya-born writer Hisham Matar is hitting the literary headlines. He was a Pulitzer Prize winner and now he has won the Folio Prize for his book… 21 more words


If I wake up at an early hour

What is your idea about the work of a writer? Not the product at the end of a long process, but his day to day work. 41 more words


‘In the Country of Men’ by Hisham Matar

Not surprisingly, nine year-old Suleiman (Slooma) does not fully grasp events going on around him – not helped by the fact his wealthy parents, in order to protect him, are choosing not to tell him very much. 407 more words


Book Review: The Return

“Nabokov and Conrad …They were artists who never returned. Each had tried, in his own way, to cure himself of his country. What you have left behind has dissolved…But Pasternak and Mahfouz were also right; never leave the homeland. 1,247 more words


SWF 2017 Friday

I heard a rumour that this will be the last Sydney Writers’ Festival to happen at Walsh Bay. That would be a great shame, because, especially when the weather stays bright as it has this year, it’s hard to imagine a more beautiful place in which to gather with hundreds of other reader-types. 1,030 more words


Italy, Libya, and Bulgaria: Not a Love Triangle

Some months ago, I wrote that it can seem to me that all roads lead to Bulgaria in a mysterious, six degrees of separation sort of way. 1,007 more words


2017 Pulitzer Prize winners announced!

The winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction has been announced, and it’s Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad. It’s a magical-realist take on one woman’s escape from chattel slavery in the American South. 98 more words

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