Carlos Gamerro’s novel The Islands was published on 29 May and is attracting a lot of attention. As well as Gamerro’s UK tour, including readings at the Hay Festival and hosted by Oxford, Cambridge and London Universities, as well as the British Centre for Literary Translation, the novel has received unanimously great review and feature coverage in the media, incl. the following. More updates to follow on the book page for The Islands .
- ‘Gamerro picks history’s what-the-fuck moments, which when found in fiction are so strange as to knock the reader momentarily out of the imaginary world.’ Ben Bollig, The Guardian
- ‘A bravura piece of writing, with a cinematic sweep, sustained drama, and pitch-perfect dialogue.’ Martin Schifino, The Independent
- ‘A genre-bending book’ Anne McElvoy, BBC Radio 3, Night Waves
- ‘A generational, landmark novel’ Andrew Graham Yooll, BBC Radio 3, Feature: Malvinas Madness
- A danger-laden, mind-bending and ultimately redemptive quest. […] There are more ideas here than most writers would fit in 10 novels.’ Tom Bunstead, The Independent on Sunday
- ‘I urge you to find and read a copy of this important novel.’ Matthew Crockatt, Huffington Post UK
- ‘Gamerro’s balls-out novel is a delirious mash-up … [His] gross, bleakly funny, violence-saturated satire of a psychologically damaged society hung up on impossible myth relies on epic hyperbole, masterfully translated by Ian Barnett. There is enough invention here for four novels, but this multilayered nightmare vision is deftly rendered and devastating in its intensity.’ Siobhan Murphy, Metro [20 June 2012, not online]