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What is your full name? Teodor Reljic. If you had to lie about your age, how old would you be? I’m in my prime. Ask me a couple of years from now. Satan or Cthulhu? Against my (better? worse?) literary inclinations, I have to go for Satan. The reason is simple as it is universal:…

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This Maltese Woman Knows: Kulħadd Ħalla Isem Warajh (2014)

You know those Romantics; always bitching at each others’ throats. For instance Keats, who didn’t like Coleridge much because he believed that he valued knowledge over beauty. Keats, for one, didn’t, and he married both splendidly in what at the time passed for #coleridgesucks: a letter. On the 21st of December 1817, he wrote to his…

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Guilty as Charged: Volens (2013)

“Il-misħun imdemmi baqa’ javvanza bla waqfien. Bla hedu. Sakemm kif laħaq ix-xfar u ntebaħ li ma kellux iżjed appoġġ iżżerżaq mal-ġenb tal-banju jfittex ta’ xejn minn fejn ħa jiżgiċċa. Il-liġi tal-gravita’ iżda fis tatu palata. It-tapit kafellatte Nouveau, kontra qalbu, kanġa surtu fil-ħamrani. Foga u sħana. U titpin. U demm kemm trid.” —–O—– Way back…

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A Tale of the Other Mother: Magna Mater (2011)

L-orizzont quddiemhom kien linja fina u definita qisha maqtugħa fil-ħġieġ. It’s gratifying to think of the self as a unique entity that exists somewhere deep down inside one’s soul or mind (take your pick), and that in spite of all the strife, noise, compromises, disappointments, frustrations, missed opportunities and bad luck, this self remains there,…

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