The last in our lists of lovliness for our Christmas tradition of the present pile being ‘Something you want, Something you need, something to wear and something to read’.
Books really are the gift that keeps on giving.
L-Aħħar Sajf ta’ Berlin
By Federico Buffa and Paolo Frusca
Translated by Mark Vella
Berlin, 1936. Hitler’s Olympics are all set to commence, in a display of power and might. Just a few days before the Opening Ceremony, it is leaked to the media that the all-powerful master of the Olympics – Wolfgang Fürstner – is of Jewish origin. Hitler removes him from his post but, given his unequalled knowledge of all the complexities that go with such a massive event, he is forced to retain him albeit in a lower, humiliating capacity. Fürstner roams the streets of a Berlin all dressed up to the nines, a city – and a people – he no longer recognises.
One day, one story. The master of Maltese storytelling returns with his most massive oeuvre, 1,000-plus anthology of short stories, one for each day of the year. Stories that showcase Żahra’s unique range – from the comic to the heartbreaking, at times both at the same time. Reprinted twice already, this is the perfect gift for every voracious readres.