Desert Island Books

  A brief aside for a moment of reflection. Last night, I went to Sliema, and although life was buzzing, it wasn’t quite the same as a usual summer night. Coronavirus is hitting the peak of a second wave here in Malta. Soon, these bars will be obstacle courses yet again, life will be sapped…

Ballads From The Lockdown

Written by Cassandra in her lockdown in Lisbon       Barbed-Wire Teeth   Last night I dreamt I had barbed wire in my teeth. In the morning I travelled to Sintra To watch the sunrise bleed Over the castle and forest That have never known barbed wire.   It was beautifully lonely, Like a…

Why I Love Japanese Literature

  Literature, just as porn, is a reflection of a nation’s identity. Whilst porn reflects a certain truthful stereotype – the harsh, blonde German woman, the sultry French girl, the busty, flashy American, big-assed Brazilian, etc – literature reflects a more profound way a nation sees the world. In France, the literature is philosophical, erotic…

8 Books that Make Travel Literature the Most Inspiring

  For a reader sifting through libraries both virtual and physical, navigating through the multitude of genres available can be as confusing as picking out the right kind of blue in a paint swatch. Young Adult, Women’s Upmarket, Inspirational, Steampunk Historical, LGBT (sorry if I forgot a letter somewhere) Romance, and on and on. I’ve…

A Review of The Unbearable Lightness of Being

This is a sexy book. There is no better adjective to describe it. The Unbearable Lightness of Being makes you want to do something kinky. In a sense, this is one of the most European novels you’re likely to read. Milan Kundera is a Czech novelist who’s been living in France for the last few…

How Writing is a Journey

      Writing is about writers and readers going on a journey together. The journey is beautiful in and of itself. And there might not be an end. But what’s important is the reason why we’re journeying together. We’re on a journey to unravel our own individual purpose in life. Literature has replaced religion….

Confessions of a Macho Reader

      Hi, I’m Justin Fenech, I’m a writer, a reader, and I don’t read female novelists. Not much, anyway. And not deliberately. As a literary thought experiment let me just chimney-sweep an impromptu list of my favourite authors: Ernest Hemingway, Joseph Conrad, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Saul Bellow, Milan Kundera, Philip Roth, Graham Greene,…

Episode 75: Be Just Like Him

Originally posted on No Extra Words:
No one knows life in the ring like “The Undercard.” By David Whippman, copyright 2000, used with permission. Read David’s bio. “First a Woman Then a Man” is a fictional story about the real-life Guevedoce of the Dominican Republic. By Justin Fenech, copyright 2016, used with permission.Visit Justin’s website…

Meet Episode 75 Contributor Justin Fenech

Originally posted on No Extra Words:
Justin Fenech is an author from the Mediterranean island of Malta. He is the author of the novel Too Many Sparrows In Zaragoza and several short stories published in local and international reviews. He is also a travel writer and tour guide whose literature is inspired by the lows…

Zorba The Perfect Novel

Originally posted on The Champagne Epicurean:
One of literary history’s most under-appreciated work of art, written by a Greek nomad who couldn’t get farther away from Greece if he had emigrated to Saturn. Nikos Kazantzakis was a Nietzschean, a Buddhist, an adventurer, writer of the beautifully profane The Last Temptation of Christ. In Zorba the…