Under The Tripoli Sky
Kamal Ben Hameda
A fascinating portrait of a pre-Gaddafi society on the verge of change.
Tripoli in the 1960s. A sweltering, segregated society. Hadachinou is a lonely boy. His mother shares secrets with her best friend Jamila while his father prays at the mosque. Sneaking through the sun drenched streets of Tripoli, the boy listens to the whispered stories of the women. He turns into an invisible witness to their repressed desires as he becomes aware of his own.
‘A poignant portrayal of a patriarchal society that has started to crumble.’ Hessische Allgemeine
‘Neo-realistic characters that could have stepped straight out of a Vittorio de Sica film.’ Cultures Sud
128pp, paperback with flaps, £12
Published September 2014
The Blue Room
A novel about a mother-daughter relationship that will send a chill down your spine.
Johanne is a young woman in her twenties who lives with her mother. When she falls in love with Ivar, she finally feels ready to leave home. The couple plan a trip to America. But the morning of her departure, Johanne wakes up to find the door locked. Can she overcome her fears? Will she shout for help? Will she climb out of her fourth floor window?
‘A book for all daughters… A book that will get under your skin.’ Elle
‘Hanne Ørstavik is one of the most important writers in Nordic contemporary literature." Morgenbladet
Translated from the Norwegian by Deborah Dawkin.
176pp, paperback with flaps, £12
Published June 2014
The Dead Lake
A haunting Russian tale about the environmental legacy of the Cold War.
Yerzhan grows up in a remote part of Kazakhstan where the Soviets tests atomic weapons. As a young boy he falls in love with the neighbour’s daughter and one evening, to impress her, he dives into a forbidden lake. The radio-active water changes Yerzhan. He will never grow into a man. While the girl he loves becomes a beautiful woman.
‘Ismailov belongs to the tradition of Russian satirical novelists, from Gogol to Bulgakov and Platonov. A lesser writer would have produced several volumes of stories. Instead, Ismailov weaves them into a rich, many-coloured tapestry where every strand shines.’ Independent
‘Hamid Ismailov has the capacity of Salman Rushdie at his best to show the grotesque realization of history on the ground.’ Literary Review
Translated from the Russian by Andrew Bromfield.
128pp, paperback with flabs, £12
Published February 2014