MacLehose Press Publicity 16/8/11


Until Thy Wrath Be Past continues to spread through the crime reading community and the Nordic Bookblog seems to approve:

Until Thy Wrath be Past starts with a bang … This is a remarkable and interesting book, very well written, about repression, violence, devotion and ruthlessness. The epigraph from the Book of Job – Until Thy Wrath be Past – with reference to the pain of human existence, is very appropriate as a title … I really liked the book, it is perhaps the best Åsa Larsson has written so far! Until Thy Wrath be Past is a great crime fiction novel, and I am already looking forward to the next Rebecka Martinsson novel!”

As Though She Were Sleeping by Elias Khoury was reviewed in the Independent last week and with the increase in interest in the Arab Spring it would not surprise us to see more reviews of this book in the future. In this review Guy Mannes-Abbott declares Khoury’s fiction to be both vivid and powerful:

“Journeying towards Mount Ararat, the Russian poet Osip Mandelstram wrote of cultivating a sixth sense, ‘the sense of attraction to a mountain’. Writing about food, American novelist James Salter quoted Brillat – Savarin approvingly of his notion of a sixth sense, ‘physical desire’. The other five senses, he wrote, are optimized only in ‘sexual union’. The Lebanese writer, Elias Khoury belongs in such exalted company. His new novel also pivots on mountains in Lebanon –  and appreciations of sexual union. This novel proceeds in ways very like his last, Yalo, but centers on Meelya Shaheen’s singular relationship to her world … Khoury’s style resembles the ‘world of circles’ in which Meelya is said to live. Elements return in variations and narrative mass builds … This novel, translated by Humphrey Davies, is contextualised by the Great Arab Revolt and Palestinian dispossession.”

The Sickness by Alberto Barrera Tyzska has been reviewed in th e Sunday Business Post in Ireland, which calls it a ‘quietly gripping novel':

Tyszka writes in a detached, almost cold manner. He describes in deft detail the disintegration of his characters’ mental and physical states of being, and benefits from Margaret Jull Costa’s eloquent translation. The novel’s strength is amplified by its brevity, leaving the reader impressed by its depth and realism.”


And finally, Heart of Tango by Elia Barceló is definitely cracking a much wider market than its previously specialized genre. This week the paperback is reviewed in the Daily Mail:

Elia Barcelo’s mesmerizing novel captures all of the sensuality and danger associated with Argentina’s national dance. It also comes with a dose of magical realism and a twist of which the great Jorge Luis Borges might have approved.”



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