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    Vagabond Voices

    Founded in 2008 and based in Glasgow, Vagabond Voices is an independent publisher that is both Scottish and fervently European in its aims. Vagabond is committed to introducing new titles from Scottish authors and translating fiction from other languages. Our list reflects our aims to promote literary ambition and innovative writers who challenge readers.

    Vagabond Voices does specialise on particular literatures, with a strong Baltic emphasis with books from Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Germany. It has published several books translated from Italian. Our translated novels include a number of European classics, such as Corrado Alvaro’s Fear in the World (an anti-Soviet dystopia published ten years before Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four), Antanas Škėma’s White Shroud (Lithuania’s greatest modernist novel), and various works by A.H. Tammsaare, who is considered to be Estonia’s greatest writer ever (we are currently working our way through his monumental pentalogy, Truth and Justice, at the rate of one large volume a year). Of contemporary works, we draw attention to Lars Sund’s A Happy Little Island and Ričardas Gavelis’s Memoirs of a Life Cut Short.

    Vagabond Voices is a particularly proud of three masterpieces originally written in English: Stewart Ennis’s Blessed Assurance, Peter Arnott’s Moon Country and Chris Dolan’s Redlegs. Vagabond Voices also publishes poetry and political pamphlets, as well as the odd book of plays and collections of essays and other writings.

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    By discovering diaries, photos and other material, contemporaries are taken back to the period of 1917 and 1918 when Latvia stumbled towards its destiny as an independent republic. Profound, original and keen to reveal not only the complexities of an important historical event, but a later generation's relationship to it.

    A Barrel of Dried Leaves

    Allan Cameron's second volume of poetry is more varied in style and content, but continues with some narrative poetry in the mix and to dispense almost entirely with the "self-as-subject" as Seumas Heaney defined poetry since the Romantics.

    A Happy Little Island

    Lars Sund's prescient novel is the story of a remote community caught up in a human tragedy on a vast scale - asylum-seekers drowning at sea. Initially they react with humanity, but as more dead bodies wash up on their shores and disturb their safe lives, many in the community find it increasingly difficult to maintain their air of civility.

    Against Miserabilism

    Against Miserabilism is a love letter, out of the past, to a new generation of radicals. It's a collection of articles by David Widgery, who, in addition to working as a full-time medical doctor in London's East End, wrote prolifically on matters of political and cultural importance from the 1960s till the time of his death in 1992.

    Barking Up the Right Tree

    Paul Kavanagh, a top Scottish blogger, has a weekly column in The National, and this volume brings his articles together so the reader can enjoy the author's humorous take on the post-referendum debate. He seeks out the inconsistencies and short-sightedness of the British establishment. This is political satire at its best.

    Barking up the Right Tree 2019

    The third collection of Paul Kavanagh's articles from The National covers the increasingly demented Brexit years. He brings his usual wit and depth of analysis to Scottish politics and Scottish independence. Kavanagh continues to have a large following in Scotland and beyond.

    Be the First to Like This: New Scottish Poetry

    Anthology of poems by forty new Scottish poets. A generation of poets has emerged who have grown up in an age of change, political and technological, with the internet providing them not only with new ways of sharing writing - through their websites, podcasts, Twitter - but also in some cases with a subject too.

    Can the Gods Cry?

    This collection of radical, now humorous now dark and pessimistic short stories was conceived as a whole, and some characters populate more than one story. Stylistically bold and varied, the books challenges the conformism that dominates so much witing in this consumerist age.

    Cinico: Travels with a Good Professor at the Time of the Scottish Referendum

    A cynical and narcissistic Italian journalist travels around Scotland to report on the Scottish independence referendum. His encounters and adventures provide a complex yet humorous take on the question of nation in the present day.

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