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The Twelve Days of Christmas: Day 2

Posted on December 02, 2015 by Yen-Yen Lu

To get us into the festival spirit here at Inpress we've been looking back at some of our favourite books from 2015. It's...

In February came two unique stories of mystery and betrayal: one told through a collection of poems and the other from one of Croatia’s best-known writers. 

Rebecca's Choice: Judas by Damian Walford Davies
 


A shattered Judas Iscariot – that byword for betrayal – tells his own story in this compelling and finely wrought poetry collection. We follow Judas over the course of five days as he moves through first-century Jerusalem trying to make sense of the bewildering events surrounding the life and execution of Jesus. But this is a man for whom the Arab-Israeli conflict is as urgent as the tension between the Romans and Jews. Emphasising our compulsion to create, and challenge, gospel truths, Judas gives voice to man caught up in the promise and violence of history. Buy it here.

 
 
 
 
Yen-Yen's Choice: Farewell, Cowboy by Olja Savičević
 
 
Farewell, Cowboy is a modern and hard-hitting novel by Olja Savičević, one of Croatia’s best-known writers. Dada returns to her home town on the Adriatic coast and tries to unravel the mystery behind the death of her brother Daniel. In search for clues, Dada meets an array of eccentric characters and passionately falls in love with the young gigolo Angelo, who is a part of a film crew shooting a Western on the nearby prairie. Slowly and painfully she learns the truth behind her brother’s death and finds that she has been betrayed by someone close. Buy it here.
  
 
 
 
 

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Dry Season by Gabriela Babnik

Posted on November 04, 2015 by Yen-Yen Lu

Available this month from Istros Books is Dry Season by Gabriela Babnik. In West Africa, the effects of harmata during dry season, a strong wind that blows across the subcontinent while temperatures fall and rise spectacularly during the day and humidity drops to dangerously low levels, cause serious damage to nature and health. This makes up the backdrop of Babnik’s novel, where the conditions play a central part in this story about an unusual love affair.  

Babnik alternates the narrative between the two main characters - Anna, a 62-year-old Slovenian designer, and Ismael, a 27-year-old from Burkino Faso, a victim of abuse brought up on the streets brought up on the streets – allowing the reader to see both sides of the relationship and gain a deeper insight into each character. Issues of race, culture, age, human loneliness, and societal expectations are explored throughout this novel as the characters come to realise some truths about their relationship and themselves. 

Dry Season will be released on the 16 November but is available to order now on our website. Istros will be celebrating the launch of the book at the Free Word Centre in London on Monday 9th November. You can find more information on the event here.

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