THE BARCELONA REVIEW
Welcome to issue 27. This time round we have fiction by Scottish writer Suhayl Saadi, whose story "Bandanna" follows a young boy who tries to turn his back on his Pakistani heritage but, as his Glaswegian accent sprinkled with Urdu would indicate, its not so easy. From the U.S., the delightful writer of outcasts and outlaws, James Carlos Blake, offers a short portrait of "la vida loca" on the Tex-Mex border; while Patricia Duncker from Wales (author of Hallucinating Foucault) focuses on the tribulations of a shaky marriage. And from Ireland Chris Reid glimpses an on-the-dole bloke whos trying to think positively, while American writer Karen Seashore from Idaho views the relationship of a young couple in the backwoods. Its a diverse collection of sharp and engaging fiction, which we hope youll enjoy.
Our "Picks from Back Issues" include Canadian author Dorothy Speak , whose short story "The View From Here" is one of our all-time favorites and has proved a hit with readers; and from Spain, we bring up a story by Javier Marías, one of the best-known names in his country.
Two articles this issue: a review of em three, an exciting third edition of a fiction mag from the U.K. that comes with new music as well (CD velcroed to the book); and a look at two new Japanese anime films recently shown at the Film Festival of Catalunya.
No winners on our Virginia Woolf Quiz last issue, but close calls from Jo Bennie and Ezra Mark. This issues quiz is on Joyce Carol Oates. Give it a try; a free book goes to the winner.
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