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Fjords Review
Contemporary literature, fine art, translations and reviews.
Contemporary literature, fine art, translations and reviews.

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“I’m interested in producing art about being human and being alive. These works examine the tenuousness of life and aging.” — Moray Hillary

New art review from Heather Zises of Moray Hillary's Pre-New Reflective exhibition, which was on view throughout May at the Galerie Protégé in New York. Read the review here:

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The Gival Press Annual Oscar Wilde Award winner has been announced---Congratulations to #poet Kevin McLellan of Cambridge, Massachusetts!

Read the winning poem, Anonymity, in full here:

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"After her successful debut novel The Sandfish (2009) Maha Gargash once again returns to Dubai, but in the in the 1990’s traveling between Dubai and Cairo to explore the dangers of wealth’s seduction"

---New review of That Other Me, by Maha Gargash. Read the full review here:
HarperCollins Harper Perennial

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Fjords Volume 4, Issue 1 is out!

Check it out to see and read the work of Danez Smith, Steve Miller, Ernesto Caivano, Jamie B. De Monte, the first publishing of Tanya Grae, and we've even scored an interview with JUNOT DIAZ---Look for a copy in your local bookstore and check out the full content list here:

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Fiction Review
by Eduardo Lalo
Translated by David Frye
University of Chicago Press

"As a child, I spent summers getting to know San Juan. For ten years, I grew from an adolescent into a young man, and alongside me, the city of San Juan also began to age. I returned there just last year, to finds the birthplace of my mother unrecognizable. Gone was the romance of its cobbled streets and tiny late-night markets where you could fetch a drink and chopped chicken platters for cheap. Gone was most of the history of its music and folklore, now zoned into a central place in “Old San Juan” for tourists to dump their money. Reading Eduardo Lalo’s amazing love story Simone, which calls back to the beauty and mystery of the San Juan I knew, albeit through unconventional means, excited me with the prospect of rekindling lost memories, and filled me with dread: maybe that San Juan is gone"

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New Fiction Review
Swimming by Karl Luntt
SUNY Press, 2015

"Karl Luntta’s Swimming offers readers a global view of modern life. With settings in Africa, America and Europe, Luntta shows how finding real relationships among intracultural backgrounds is still possible. Although there are shared locations and plot points in many of Luntta’s stories; they are all distinct, connected only by the theme of human interaction. Through humor, kindness, or similarity, Luntta’s characters learn to find their place and purpose"

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"Two people talking about the weather has never been so insightful or enlightening. Kristina Marie Darling and John Gallaher’s astounding Ghost / Landscape’s show that talking about the weather doesn’t have to be awkward filler. The book moves like poetry while still functioning as prose, and integrates a narrative, suspense, and an unrequited love story into one wonderful whole"

---New review of Kristina Marie Darling's and John Gallaher's book of #prose #poetry, Ghost / Landscape.

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Enchantment Lake: A Northwoods Mystery
By Margi Preus
University of Minnesota Press, 2015

"Francie Frye’s not really a detective, but she played one on TV.
So when the body count rises on Enchantment Lake, an enigmatic phone call from her great-aunts—made even more cryptic by bad cell reception and a woman’s tendency towards the wacky—propels seventeen year-old Francesca (aka Francie or Frenchy) out of a Manhattan theatre audition and into the woods of northern Minnesota. Locals in the town of Walpurgis (population 2,020, and dropping) are succumbing to deaths of both the natural and accidental ilk at an alarming rate, and Francie’s aunts are sure they’ll be next. Since Francie once solved mysteries on a kids’ television show, aunts Astrid and Jeannette believe their niece is the person to deduce what’s happening to long-time residents on the island, where the ersatz sleuth spent many a childhood summer"

Continue reading Carol Dowd-Forte's review here:

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The Flaw in the Pattern
12 Thoughts on Wilderness, Overland Track, Tasmania – Day 5

1. The deep blue bowl of sky, the microbial cities in the folds of my skin.
2. Web, palimpsest, machine – nothing can capture it. All we can say is what it is not.
3. Warping the laws of physics, time drifts with the continents and distance is measured by each species’ step.
4. It is not untouched by us, yet finds us irrelevant.
5. Here the leech and the midge are equal to the devil and quoll.
6. To avoid sentences tangled with economic value and square acreage, the wild should be defined through non-human eyes, distilling its meaning to one simple word; essential.
7. Stillness and death can be virtues.
8. It keeps telling us the same thing yet never repeats itself.
9. Memories are sketched with shadow, history scratched deep in the mountain’s bones.
10. Solitude is a state of mind. You can never be alone.
11. The only commandment is that all shall be connected.
12. This is the home of a new genus of silence, a place where travel is tectonic grind, weather is never trivial and the present is the flaw in the pattern.

by Rachel Mead
Read the other segments of her Overland Track poetry serial here:

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Fiction Review
Bad Light
by Carlos Castan
Translated by Michael McDevitt

"Castán’s intense literary style reflects his advanced studies in philosophy; his prose is dense with serious reflection, poetry, weaving his words with those of writers and thinkers such as Primo Levi, Marguerite Duras, Emil Cioran, and Paul Celan. Bad Light is chock-full of lines to be underlined about love, literature, art, loneliness, friendship, death, and old age, and it takes the form, for most part, of interior monologue."

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