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By David Brookshaw (trans.) - By Mia Couto -
The introduction to this tale of the end of independence for the country then called Gaza (now Mozambique) is emblematic of its gradual ...Read Review
By Anne Milano Appel (trans.) - By Paolo Maurensig -
On March 24, 1946, current world chess champion, Alexandre Alekhine, is supposed to be getting ready to defend his title against a Russian challenger. But, ...Read Review
By Alison Entrekin (trans.) - By Chico Buarque -
In 1960s Sao Paulo, Brazil, Ciccio is a troubled teenager: he and his friends steal cars, sleep with girls, and generally disturb the ...Read Review
By Nathaniel Rich -
New Orleans comes alive in 1918: the Great War is over; the musical sound of jazz is heard in many of the clubs and ...Read Review
By Alejo Carpentier - By Pablo Medina (trans.) -
Published 2017Published c1949
Originally published in Spanish in 1949 and translated soon after, this second English translation offers a new edition of the classic novel based on ...Read Review
By Alice McDermott -
In the early 1900s in immigrant-packed Brooklyn, a young Irish husband commits suicide, a grievous and unpardonable sin for Catholics. He leaves behind ...Read Review
By Antonio Muñoz Molina - By Camilo A. Ramirez (trans.) -
In April 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by James Earl Ray. Ray was not caught immediately, instead escaping to Lisbon, Portugal. Our ...Read Review
By Ralf Rothman - By Shaun Whiteside (trans.) -
Two things to know: this novel is excellent, and it’s no place to be looking for even involuntary laughs. Set in the ...Read Review
The Spring referred to in the title is the Spring of 1945. Germany has manifestly lost the war, but the regime continues to conscript ...Read Review
By Anna Kushner (trans.) - By Leonardo Padura -
In 1939, the S.S. Saint Louis arrived in Cuba with 900 Jewish refugees. They boarded hoping for a new life, only to be turned ...Read Review
Over the last 20 years The Historical Novels Review (the society's print magazine for our members) has published reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books.
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