My second publiction, Patria, has been a really challenging book to write. Not for the lack of ideas or material, but because it tackles such a delicate topic – migration and racism.
Patria tells the story of four unlikely of friends who decide to take down racists in Malta. Each character with his own motive, the story takes a gruesome turn as we’re taken on this quest for vengeance and misguided justice.
Like Esklussiva Dotkom, this book was also published by Klabb Kotba Maltin, a well-respected publication house with a long list of award winning authors under it’s wing. It has been a privalege to work with them.
Patria was published in November 2017.
Reviews and general feedback
Patria tackles a controversial topic. So before I pushed the idea to my publisher, I knew this book would be very well received by a particular segment of society, but would not go down so well with the more nationalistic, far-right viewed readers. Getting feedback about Patria has been the most rewarding experience in my short literary career.
In the Press
Patria was the editor's choice for the special Christmas edition of First Magazine.
Author and book reviewer Mark Vella wrote:
“Essenzjalment, int li qed taqra bħalissa u xi darba esprimejt ir-razziżmu b’tali mod li pparteċipajt fin-normalizzazzjoni tiegħu, almenu f’realtà parallela letterarja, jaf issib kappell jiġik, illum qabel għada, u minn min anqas tistennieh.”
“Il-ħeffa tal-lingwaġġ u l-attitudni lejn ir-rakkont ta’ storja żżommok hija waħda neċessarja ħafna, anki għall-industrija tal-kotba: nimmaġina li kieku tmexxa aħjar u f’aktar wisa’, dan kien ktieb li kapaċi kien joħloq diskussjoni.”
Full review here.