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    Pierre J. Mejlak

Riħ Isfel

by : Pierre J. Mejlak


ISBN: 9789990912944
Category: , ,
Cover: paperback
Age: 13-18, adults
Publication Date : 2007
Page Count : 198
Rebbieħ tal-Premju Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb Ir-rumanz li fetaħ beraħ il-bieb għat-twelid tal-letteratura YA għall-adolexxenti bil-Malti F'raħal żgħir, fejn kważi qatt ma jiġri xejn, qed jibda sajf ieħor kollu riħ isfel u gdim tan-nemus. Imma did-darba qed jibda bil-kbir għax tifel ta' ħdax-il sena joħroġ mid-dar u ma jerġax jidħol. Ommu qed tibkih. Il-pulizija qed ifittxuh. Il-qassisin qed jitolbu għalih. U fil-każin qed jinġemgħu ħafna iżjed nies mis-soltu. Fil-frattemp, Jason qed jipprova jgħabbi l-isbaħ tifla tar-raħal.
Pierre J. Mejlak is most known for his collection of short stories Dak li l-Lejl Iħallik Tgħid (Having said goodnight) which was awarded the EU Prize for Literature in 2014 and which has since been translated into ten languages. His work has inspired a TV series, a short film and a number of theatre pieces. In his spare time, he loves playing table tennis and believes his top spins hold serious promise.
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“A breath of fresh air in a hot and humid summer. Mejlak is at his best, depicting the difficulties of being 15 or 16 in a village that is at least 500 years old, and has not changed much in the meantime. I do not, by any stretch, fall into the age bracket that this book is aimed at. Yet I am not ashamed to say that I enjoyed reading it more than I enjoyed reading works of fiction in Maltese meant for more adult readers. It may well be that I have not yet grown up, but I suppose it is also because finally young adult fiction has come of age. This is a book for young people who want to be treated like grown ups, for grown ups who want to feel young, and for anyone who likes a good story well told. Whatever age you are, buy this book and read it. If your parents are still responsible for what you read, do not tell them about it.”
– Marco Galea, The Times of Malta

“Mejlak writes in a simple, lucid style reminiscent of Mark Haddon. Like Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Riħ Isfel belongs to the cross-over genre appealing to teenagers and adults alike. I’d recommend Rih Isfel to anyone wanting to exorcise the mind-numbing Maltese study texts of past school days. Actually I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good read.”
– Claire Bonello, MaltaToday

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