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  • Novel: Adrift on the Nile by Naguib Mahfouz
    journalist looking to study and befriend the group Her interest is seriousness to this effect Samara claims that the major theme of the drama is the Serious versus the Absurd Mahfouz also uses the introduction of this outsider to spark an engaging narrative that progresses from the philosophy that dominates much of the novel In some places there is a distinct lack of characterisation that can alienate a reader but the development of Samara and Anis combats this Mahfouz s Nobel prize has made him accessible to a much wider audience but rarely do people read beyond his famed Cairo trilogy This slim existential novel has all the hallmarks of a the great European writers of the post War period yet with the addition of Egyptian exoticism and its particular political context Mahfouz deserves to be as widely read as his more famed contemporaries Adrift on the Nile is published by Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Read Waguih Ghali s Beer in the Snooker Club if you enjoy this About Jordan Phillips Mail More Posts 6 Comments comments Prev E Pluribus eBooks Next The Bookshop Q A Quinto Francis Edwards http www rhuardean com Rhuar Dean Naguib Mahfouz is among a number of fantastic authors writing in Arabic to have been translated into English Hanan Al Shaykh and Ahdaf Soueif also spring to mind I recently had a short story called House Boat published as a podcast on the 4 33 website as story 70 http www fourthirtythree com Set in Cairo it tips its hat to Naguib Mahfouz as well as to my own time in the city that they call Umm al Dunya Mother of the World Related Posts Five Books for the Tube The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis Book Review And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going Home means to us Is it a familiar physical space A refuge A feeling A state of mind Or is home actually to be found in another human being maybe your partner your parents How do you know when you have found it Continue reading Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2011/01/book-review-adrift-on-the-nile-by-naguib-mahfouz/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Jordan Phillips, Author at Litro Magazine
    Anthology Death and Nightingales by Eugene McCabe by Jordan Phillips Eugene McCabe author of Death and Nightingales When the Guardian recently ran a series of podcasts celebrating the short story Chekov Ballard Hemingway Carver all predictably featured It was Eugene McCabe s perfectly formed Music at Annuhullan that resonated most strongly that evoked something universal and powerful in its slight story of an Irish farm Colm Toibin read in a natural brogue and bestowed on McCabe almost mythical status as Ireland s finest living writer of prose Read more Literature Novel Shark by Wes Brown by Jordan Phillips Shark by Wes Brown Published by Horn Dog This debut novel from Wes Brown is very much of its time and place Pervaded by Yorkshire grit Northern realism and cinematic allusions it is a visceral exploration of a young discharged soldier attempting to relocate in contemporary Britain The violence of Basra Afghanistan Iraq has been exchanged for pool halls the dole bedsits Read more Literature Novel Adrift on the Nile by Naguib Mahfouz by Jordan Phillips They gather on the houseboat The water pipe makes its way around the circle of people the drug a withdrawal from the business of life Yet Mahfouz is explicit in voicing his warning not to simply view Adrift on the Nile as the fiction of escape It is a novel of ideas exploring the tension of an absurd world that demands seriousness Read more Jordan Phillips The author has 6 posts published in Litro Magazine Website Twitter Facebook Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/author/jordan-phillips/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Novel: Shark by Wes Brown
    hopeful time representative of an escape that was not fulfilled and can now only be used to hustle money for drink or rent In its working class roots the novel is at its most powerful where tabloid headlines infect common speech and the steady decline of Leeds United seems to parallel something more important The Snooker Club of Brown s Shark becomes a microcosm for a fractured England inhabited by a population struggling to belong but all grafting for their patch of existence The gangs of young Pakistani men the far right nationalist groups the entrepreneurs and young professionals all are fighting for their England their patch Brown s writing is an alloy of hard Yorkshire vernacular and genuine creativity that propels the narrative forward exposing the state of the nation Often bleak and forceful Shark successfully remains grounded in its characters affirming our shared humanity in our base similarities An exciting contemporary novel important in both its exploration of now and of the human condition Shark is published by Dog Horn Publishing Find them online at www doghornpublishing com About Jordan Phillips Mail More Posts 6 Comments comments Prev The Bookshop Q A Woolfson Tay Next How Do You Shelve Your Books Related Posts Putting Words in a Goat s Mouth Novel Adrift on the Nile by Naguib Mahfouz In Their Footsteps Thomas Hardy s Wessex Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going Home means to us Is it a familiar physical space A refuge A feeling A state of mind Or is home actually to be found in another human being maybe your partner your parents How do you know when you have found it Continue reading Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2011/02/book-review-shark-by-wes-brown/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Book Review: Death and Nightingales, by Eugene McCabe
    of our sympathies as she contemplates escaping the only place she knows in search of some other life but the tensions that are tearing at Ireland threaten even this McCabe employs moments of stream of consciousness in an otherwise lucid and unsentimental narrative a technique that is effective in a novel essentially focussed on the competing hopes and fears of his small Ulster cast Throughout it is compelling and evocative in the vein of historical novels but it is in its exploration of what it means to be human with our dreams and flaws that it transcends a diminishing label such as this A bleak picture of humanity brought out by famine inequality and class struggle a testament to the depravity of man and how evil breeds evil with little chance of redemption This drama of nations and families is a perfectly structured and engaging story that comes full circle in its short span and where the past is a constant that cannot be left behind It is part of the contemporary Irish canon and seems set to take an important place in the history of Irish literature To hear Colm Toibin read Eugene McCabe s Music at Annuhullan visit http www guardian co uk books audio 2010 dec 07 colm toibin eugene mccabe Death and Nightingales is published by Vintage http www vintage books co uk If you enjoyed this novel you might like Joseph O Connor s Star of the Sea About Jordan Phillips Mail More Posts 6 Comments comments Prev Sotted Wordsmithery Does Liquor Make Good Literature Next World Book Night Are We Still Reading Related Posts Litro s Film Adaptation Issue Guest Edited by Anthony Fabian Novella Seize the Day by Saul Bellow The Return of Harris s List of Covent Garden Ladies and the Top Five Loose Women in Literature Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going Home means to us Is it a familiar physical space A refuge A feeling A state of mind Or is home actually to be found in another human being maybe your partner your parents How do you know when you have found it Continue reading Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2011/02/book-review-death-and-nightingales-by-eugene-mccabe/ (2016-02-15)
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  • America Archives - Litro Magazine
    of me show the kind of passion reserved for adults Ovidian Keatsian love Read more Remex and Rectrix By Andrew Colarusso That s what girls with powerful fathers do A slave for ever dilutes with dignity the fiction of love The truth of this is spectacular That even the mechanism of nature carries in its chaos an evanescent integrity As I have been rent from these senses none preserved the right to have at chaos We fester We when realized will ways to destroy And there think nothing of order s lamentations Someone unheard is waiting to name love again Read more A Backwards Story of a Backwards Man By Litro The night A W thought he won the megabucks he flicked on a small lamp in the corner of the room and rushed a Yuengling from the fridge After a clack fizz and slurp after a warm flood through the gut that settled the tremble in his arms somehow he turned on the TV numbered ping pong balls shot through a tubular cage like popcorn as though popcorn could be what was after all these years summoning his fate he chuckled Read more Litro 117 America By Litro Cover photograph by Litro Editor in Chief Eric Akoto Read more Litro 117 America Editors Letter By Alex Goodwin and Mohsen Shah Read more Trees By Anthony Doerr He stops at the supply room window a floor to ceiling sheet of glass double paned six feet wide The best window in the entire building Third storey forty feet up He has been in here maybe three thousand times and hasn t noticed this window once Maybe they ve stripped it of blinds or hauled some obscuring shelf away Read more Waterfalls By Jess Row So I was a counselor at a summer camp Not the kind of camp you see in the movies It was on an island stranger still an island smack in the middle of Boston Harbor In the nineteenth century it had been an orphanage There was a quadrangle of old brick buildings athletic fields patches of woods tidal swamp There was a ropes course and a nature trail and a campfire circle and even a dock with sailboats and canoes Though no swimming You can t have kids swimming in Boston The summer I worked there three corpses washed up on the beach one whole one decapitated one just a human torso headless armless an oblong chunk of flesh Read more The Night Ridge By Simone Felice I love you These simple words knock against the inside of his head the same way police knock Hard Loveless I love you He sits in a backward chair by the window and watches the wide cold river run trying like hell to remember what it means The winter sun s fallen low across the water over Jersey and soon the sad pastels will bloom behind her skyline Dusk on these cities colors of evening I love you misplaced colors

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/tag/america/ (2016-02-15)
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  • audio stories Archives - Litro Magazine
    By Greg Page and Emily Cleaver Sarah Waters author of Tipping the Velvet and more recently The Little Stranger a modern ghost story fuelled by war trauma grief and class tensions joins us for this episode of Litro Lab She tells us about her childhood obsession with the Pan Book of Horror Stories writing The Little Stranger haunted houses and the lasting appeal of ghosts She also recommends The Monkey s Paw by W W Jacobs and tells us why it s her favourite ghost story which is then read by actor Greg Page StoriesWritersLove Read more Fiction podcast Flash Fiction Special Feat Tania Hershman Vanessa Gebbie David Gaffney Calum Kerr and Kafka By Greg Page and Emily Cleaver In this Litro Lab episode I talk to flash fiction writers David Gaffney Sawn off Tales Salt 2006 Tania Hershman The White Road and Other Stories Salt 2008 My Mother Was an Upright Piano Tangent 2012 and Calum Kerr Founder of National Flash Fiction Day NFFD about what makes great micro fiction We also hear some of their work and those of Vanessa Gebbie and Franz Kafka Read more Fiction podcast Alison Moore on Her Favourite Short Story Sherwood Anderson s Adventure By Greg Page and Emily Cleaver Today we kick off a new series on Litro Lab where we invite a writer to choose a short story they love and talk to us about why they love it Our first guest author is Alison Moore whose debut novel The Lighthouse which I recently reviewed for Litro has been longlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize Alison s pick is Adventure by Sherwood Anderson from his 1919 story cycle Winesburg Ohio A Group of Tales of Ohio Small Town Life read by actor Greg Page Read more Fiction podcast Short Story They Went to the Sea By Raoul Colvile Photo by Varun Suresh Read more Fiction podcast Biography Extract from Casanova By Litro Read more Fiction podcast My Batter is Thick By Luke de Castro Luke de Castro reveals the sinister side of baking Read more Fiction podcast Ginger in the Sauce By Russell Helms A man observes the guests at an afternoon party Read more Fiction podcast Finger Food By Joe Amaral A disturbing tale of one man s obsession with an unusual snack Read more Fiction podcast In France Nation of Beauty By Todd McKie A couple bicker as they sit outside a café in France Read more Fiction podcast Jeanne D Arc By Louis Malloy A man sweeps up the ashes of Jeanne D Arc after she is martyred Read more Fiction podcast Tuesday Afternoon By Lynsey Miller A small time neighbourhood hoodlum shows some compassion for one of her victims Read more Fiction podcast The Crab by Ben Byrne By Litro Ben Bryne explores the life and habits of the most popular of the crustaceans the crab Read more Fiction podcast Home But Not by Jarred McGinnis By Litro Illustration by Hannah Bagshaw Jarred McGinnis Jarred McGinnis

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/tag/audio-stories/ (2016-02-15)
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  • author interviews Archives - Litro Magazine
    Fight Club 2 and his latest novel Beautiful You Author Q A with Chuck Palahniuk Read more Interviews On Writing We talk to Claire Fuller about her debut Novel Our Endless Numbered Days Claire Fuller Our Endless Numbered Days Read more Interviews On Writing Our Flash of Inspiration for November is Grass by Christina Sanders an accomplished piece of writing that grabbed my attention with the very first word A Flash of Inspiration Grass by Christina Sanders Read more Interviews Litro 139 No Such Luck In discussion with the award winning author of Young Skins Author Q A with Colin Barrett Read more Interviews On Writing In the first installment of our new Flash of Inspiration feature we talk to Tania Hershman about her story Think of Icebergs A Flash of Inspiration Think of Icebergs by Tania Hershman Read more Litro Book Club podcast Dan Coxon catches up with Barcelona Shadows author Marc Pastor at the Litro Book Club event in East London to discuss his novel his fascination with The Vampire of Barcelona and how his own CSI experiences have shaped his work In Conversation with Marc Pastor Litro Lab Podcasts Read more Interviews Litro 138 Horror Litro talks to the author of the disturbing and thrilling Southern Reach Trilogy Author Q A with Jeff VanderMeer Read more Interviews Litro 137 Future Fashions Biographer Ian Kelly talks to Litro about working alongside Vivienne Westwood Author Q A with Ian Kelly Read more Interviews Litro 136 Music Kele Okereke talks music with the acclaimed novelist and biographer Author Q A with Jonathan Coe Read more Interviews Litro Book Club Ben Fergusson author of Litro s current Book Club pick the thrilling debut The Spring of Kasper Meier tells us about his experiences living in Berlin the importance of travel for aspiring authors and the biggest lie he ever told Q A Ben Fergusson on The Spring of Kasper Meier Read more Interviews Litro 134 Augmented Reality Cyberpunk guru Bruce Sterling gives us the lowdown on Augmented Reality Author Q A with Bruce Sterling Read more Interviews Litro 133 Shakespeare To begin with the weight of his genius absolutely crippled me I had what I thought was this terrific idea that all the characters would speak as if they were in the play in iambic pentameter as far as possible using numerous references from the text Author Q A with Marina Fiorato Previous author interviews This tag is associated with 40 posts Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest

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  • author Q&A Archives - Litro Magazine
    but superficial but Stevie knows what is important friendship loyalty and justice Stephanie or Steph just wouldn t suit her She has a bit of metal in her soul Author Q A with Louise Welsh Read more Interviews Litro 131 Family I try and write with as much power as I can muster and somehow this always sends me back to family stories I suppose we all have family family defines us It is the first and most crucial thing we ever know Author Q A with Matt Haig Read more Interviews I had a very clear idea of the world in my mind and in a way that gave birth to the characters who in turn gave birth to the story At first I visualised this world as some kind of twisted cyberpunk echo of Belfast One Man s Dystopia an Interview with Wayne Simmons Read more Litro Arts Culture Martin Amis Ian McEwan and Salman Rushdie were figureheads of late twentieth century literary London the last great era of British fiction So what happened when the three of them got together in 2013 on the Upper East Side of Manhattan Luke Maxted went to find out The Three Horsemen Martin Amis Ian McEwan and Sir Salman Rushdie at 92Y New York Read more Interviews I once locked myself in the bathroom at a glossy corporate function so I could carry on writing I was supposed to be schmoozing people and making good contacts and instead I d just necked three glasses of champagne then scuttled off to the Ladies with my notebook I think this was probably a sign that I wasn t entirely suited to a career in blue chip marketing Cassandra Parkin Author of New World Fairy Tales Read more Interviews My latest A Treacherous Likeness has as one of its central characters the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley an anti hero if ever there was one He s a fascinating mix enormously intelligent but seemingly unaware of the consequences of his own behaviour glitteringly creative and yet emotionally immature The gulf between those two sides of his nature was at the heart of the many tragedies that overwhelmed him during his short life and set up a fascinating tension that I was able to explore in fiction Lynn Shepherd Author of A Treacherous Likeness Read more Interviews Michael Chabon s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is as humane and compassionate as all of Chabon s work its prose a continual delight and a source of some jealousy its scope a perfect balance between the large movements of history and the intimacies of human relationships So that s basically your perfect novel then Shelley Harris Author of Jubilee Read more Interviews I think I had a crush on J D Salinger s Seymour Glass and before that a non romantic but intense crush on Sherlock Holmes A mystery was going to bring him to Bombay and I d help out Afterwards he d hand over

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