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By Liesl Schillinger (trans.) - By Takis Würger -
How do people rationalize maintaining relationships with others who hold abhorrent views? This question makes Stella especially relevant – because its author is German, ...Read Review
By Jean-Baptiste Del Amo -
It takes all of a few paragraphs into Animalia to begin to suspect that the book might be a masterpiece. By the end ...Read Review
By G. Willow Wilson -
The year is 1491, and Granada, the last foothold of Islamic rule in Iberia, is under siege. Food is running short, but the inhabitants ...Read Review
By Isabella Hammad -
Midhat Kamal, the main character in this story of Europe and Palestine in the early 1900s, leaves Nablus to study medicine in France, ...Read Review
By Sandra Newman -
In 2000, Ben meets Kate at an activist’s fancy party in Manhattan, and he is instantly smitten. Kate is ethereal, mysterious, and just ...Read Review
By Tim Murphy -
This is an absorbing and candid behind-the-scenes journey into the life of a foreign correspondent. Rita Khoury is an Irish-Lebanese-American woman who is ...Read Review
By John Lawton -
This is really two stories, both centring on Berlin. The first begins in 1941 when John Holderness, commonly known as Wilderness, finds himself living ...Read Review
By John Lawton -
Published 2010Published 2011
This is another of John Lawton’s Inspector Troy series of detective novels, but do not be deceived; this is no ordinary murder/...Read Review
By Carmen Boullosa - By tr. Geoff Hargreaves -
Three long sections narrated by Cleopatra are framed by briefer sections told by her scribe Diomedes. In the first narrative, Antony has just ...Read Review
By Alexandra Lapierre - By Liz Heron trans. -
This extraordinary novel is a must read for anyone remotely interested in Baroque Italy, art, or painter Artemisia Gentileschi. I have very ...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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