Book Review – Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar

Book Review – Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar

In Ayad Akhtar’s 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Disgraced, his principle character, Amir, a Pakistani-American lawyer, admits feeling a “blush of pride” at 9/11. Akhtar was exploring the crisis of identity felt by many Muslim-Americans in the wake of the terror...
My Cat Yugoslavia: Review

My Cat Yugoslavia: Review

Review by Lucy Popescu, Secretary of the Books Section   My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci Translated from the Finnish by David Hackston Pushkin Press   Pajtim Statovci’s remarkable debut novel is a poignant examination of the migrant-refugee experience spanning...
Self & I by Matthew De Abaitua

Self & I by Matthew De Abaitua

AT the age of 22 Matthew De Abaitua worked for six months as amanuensis to the writer Will Self. It was the mid-1990s and Abaitua was studying for an MA in creative writing at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. Self was the bad-boy author of a novella, Cock and...