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Saboteur Awards 2014: Fiction

-In which Richard T. Watson sums up the categories he presented at the 2014 Saboteur Awards- Best Magazine Magazines are of course not limited to fiction, and many of this year’s nominees for Best Magazine have long-standing reputations for their printed poetry. Not least of these was Rising, last year’s winner, still the champion of…

The Dead Lake Hamid Ismailov

The Dead Lake by Hamid Ismailov (trans. Andrew Bromfield)

-By Richard T. Watson- A generation or more grew up in the Cold War shadow of the Bomb, fearing the effects of the nuclear technology that was the focus of an arms race between the world’s two superpowers. But it’s unlikely that any of them were affected in quite the same way as Yerzhan, the…

The Flood - Superbard

Fiction Round-Up 2013

-Compiled by Richard T. Watson- We have a Christmas tradition of sorts at Sabotage: to post a festive round-up of the year’s highlights in December, and to start by (mis)quoting that carol about it being the season to be jolly. And what is Christmas without its twee traditions? So here goes, 365 days from the…

Best European Fiction 2014 Dalkey Archives

Best European Fiction 2014

-Reviewed by Richard T. Watson- Perhaps the first question raised by the Dalkey Archives Press‘ newest collection, Best European Fiction 2014, is: what is European fiction? What are the characteristics that define it against, say, American fiction? In such a varied continent, ranging from Portugal to Russia, Iceland to Greece, and a continent with so…

‘Sweet Home’ by Carys Bray

-Reviewed by Richard T. Watson- Few of us can remember our childhoods vividly and clearly, every memory of every day as clear as, say, last week. We’re not necessarily consciously selective in our memories, but we do tend to hold onto the highlights and lowlights to stitch together some sort of narrative of our early…

‘Lovers’ Lies’ (ed. Katy Darby and Cherry Potts)

-Reviewed by Richard T. Watson- With a colourful, cheerful front cover, somewhat at odds with its ominous, dark-sounding title, Lovers’ Lies is a varied and multi-faceted anthology from Arachne Press. The lies – or stories – have all been contributed by members of the Liars’ League monthly events held in London (with franchises in Leeds,…

Saboteur Awards 2013: Fiction

-In which Richard T. Watson sums up the Fiction side of the Saboteur 2013 Awards- The first of the Fiction stable’s awards was for the Best Short Story Collection by a single author. Four out of five nominees were traditionally-printed books, while one (Superbard’s The Flood) was designed specifically for the iPad and featured a…