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  • Catharsis and beyond

    Raymond C. Grech:’il barra mill-prIŻMI (beyond the prISMS)A collection of poems; self-published; 2018; 117 pp. A sequel to Qasab Iċaqċaq (Creaking Reeds), this is Raymond Grech’s second collection of poems in a projected trilogy that glorifies...

  • Translation of brilliant French short story writer’s tales

    Mademoiselle Perle u AktarTranslated by Toni Aquilina. Published by Horizons Guy de Maupassant’s work carries the imprint of his own image: prolific, brilliant, full of paradoxes. The man learnt his ropes at the hands of the best masters. He was...

  • Cravings of Karmenu Bonavia

    Karmenu Bonavia u KitbietuVol. 1, Ed. Mużew tas-Santwarju, Ħaz-Żabbar, Malta, 2019, pp. xxxvii + 375, illustrated. An unsuspecting Karmenu Bonavia made sure, in his utterly humble and non-ostentatious way, that his fleeting presence on earth would...

  • A kind of magic

    A kind of magic

    Louis Briffa: Bil-Boqxiex: PoeżijiThe author, 2018 ISBN 978-99957-1-206-8 272pp. Hbk. I think it was Samuel Johnson, in that highly coloured voice of his, who once declared to the open world that “No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money”.

  • A spring with various hues

    Alfred Massa: Rebbiegħa kollha lwien: a novel; Horizons publication, 243 pp.; 2019. Maltese novels have always been very popular with the average Maltese reader and, thankfully, their popularity is apparently very much on the increase. In a way,...

  • The boy from the Bastjun

    The boy from the Bastjun

    Dom Mintoff: Mintoff, Malta, Mediterra. My Youth The Association for Equality, Justice and Peace, in collaboration with the National Archives of Malta, 2018. Love him or hate him, and really there is hardly any middle way, Dom Mintoff was one of...

  • Revolutionary book updated

    Veronica Veen: The Goddess Of Malta; The Lady of The Waters And The EarthThe EANNA FoundationHaarlem, The NetherlandsINANNA publishers After 27 years, well-known art historian and cultural anthropologist Veronica Veen presents an updated and...

  • Meet the authors at Il-Ħaġar

    Meet the authors at Il-Ħaġar

    As part of the Gozo Alive weekend of cultural activities, Il-Ħaġar Heart of Gozo Museum, St George’s Square, Victoria, is hosting an event for Melitensia book lovers and collectors tomorrow from 10am to noon. Various authors, including Christian...

  • A truly spirited banquet

    Joseph W. Psaila: Pranzu Statali - Meta Valletta Eighteen Qajmet Il-MejtinBCD Printing Ltd, Victoria Joseph W. Psaila is no newcomer to the literary scene; this is in fact his sixth publication in verse, and those who have enjoyed his...

  • Christian warriors, mortal sinners

    Thomas Freller:The Sword and the Boudoir Midsea Books, Malta, 2018, pp. 384. In the space of a few weeks, two substantial books on the love-life of the knights of Malta have seen the light. The subject is so vast, the surviving documentation so...

  • What happens in Brussels, stays in Brussels

    Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge” (Isaac Asimov). French philosopher...

  • Victor Fenech: Poet adventurer

    Victor Fenech has been one of our leading authors since Malta’s Independence, and a very active member of Moviment Qawmien Letterarju, an association of young authors who in the late 1960s and in the ’70s did much to make a young Maltese...

  • One foot in prose, the other in poetry

    Fr Gioele Galea’s Tħabbat Xtaqtek is a piece of mystical literature, and a truly unique work in the history of Maltese literature. Written in the form of a diary, it is structured as a meditative act, situating itself something in between a prayer...

  • Meet the author

    Meet author Mariella Pisani Bencini at an evening organised by L-Għaqda Filantropika Talent Mosti at Ir-Razzett tal-Markiż, Triq Wied il-Għasel, Mosta tomorrow at 7pm. Pisani Bencini will be talking about her new publication We Belong, a tale of...

  • The hare, the tortoise and the Easter egg hunt

    “Breaking news! Breaking news! The tortoise beats the hare in a hair-raising race! Incredible but true! The tortoise takes the trophy!” Paskal, the Easter Bunny, wakes up to this shocking news. It’s even more shocking because the defeated hare...

  • Fra Mudest, the jolly friar

    Fra Mudest – a jolly friar who always ends up in a pickle – is a household name in children’s literature and many a generation has grown up laughing out loud at the antics of the friar. Penned by Charles Casha, they were first published as...

  • Celebrating trailblazer on heritage and justice

    Celebrating trailblazer on heritage and justice

    Maurice Caruana Curran: Guardian of Heritage and JusticeEdited by Ann Gingell Littlejohn, Anthony Bonanno and Joseph Galea Debono(Malta: BDL, 2018), pp. 352 Judge Maurice Caruana Curran (1918-2015) lived until his late 90s, enjoying a long and...

  • Kicked into the long grass

    It took 25 years for Frans Ciappara to revisit Giovanni Nicole Muscat’s riveting story of 300 years ago. This is most welcome. Ciappara’s first essay in 1993 had drawn out of the long grass the fascinating figure of Muscat (1735-1803). It was a...

  • Bargain bookfair

    The Salesians of Don Bosco are organising a bargain bookfair of thousands of rare, new, old and second-hand books, with an exclusive selection of Melitensia at St Patrick’s Salesian School, St John Bosco Street, Sliema between tomorrow and...

  • UK poet Rod Mengham at Campus Book Festival

    Rod Mengham: Grimspound (Carcanet, 2018; p. 57) British poet, literary critic and translator Rod Mengham will be this year’s international guest at the Campus Book Festival, organised by the National Book Council in collaboration with Għaqda...