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The Education of Gideon Chase

Paul Edwards, 5 June 1986

An Insular Possession 
by Timothy Mo.
Chatto, 593 pp., £9.95, May 1986, 0 7011 3078 4
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The Story of Zahra 
by Hanan al-Shaykh.
Quartet, 184 pp., £8.95, April 1986, 0 7043 2546 2
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The Lightning of August 
by Jorge Ibarguengoitia.
Chatto, 117 pp., £8.95, May 1986, 0 7011 3950 1
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... snack which tries the jaw for size and strength, sold in Britain as the doner-kebab. With Jorge Ibarguengoitia’s The Lightning of August, we move from history as tragedy to history as farce: a Mexican revolution of 1929. In common with Mo’s and al-Shaykh’s novels, it contains a short section apparently anchoring it to the real world. The ...

Muffled Barks, Muted Yelps

Adam Mars-Jones: ‘Hurricane Season’, 19 March 2020

Hurricane Season 
by Fernanda Melchor, translated by Sophie Hughes.
Fitzcarraldo, 232 pp., £12.99, February, 978 1 913097 09 7
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... a historical break that is both catastrophic and redemptive) and one from the Mexican novelist Jorge Ibargüengoitia’s The Dead Girls (1977), another crime narrative. Melchor’s epigraph is not taken from the novel itself but from the author’s disclaimer: ‘Some of the events described here are real. All of the characters are invented.’ She ...

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