Local Author Leila Segal link to :’Parissi’Coffe shops and Library http://www.timeout.com/london/lovelondonawards#/vote/brixton/shops

Her book, ‘Breathe’ is available at ‘Parissi’ for sale locally as well as in major book shops. ‘Breathe’ is a collection of short stories, that explores the heart of Fidel Castro-era Cuba; an outsider’s look that is balanced by a weight of empathy to illuminate truths that lie couched between the island’s propaganda and the Western media’s portrayal. Characters from Europe and the USA in Swimming, Taxi and Sabbatical seem to want to hold on to the indulgences that their countries offer them, while praising Cubans for the more abstemious lives they lead and seeking to sample what the locals experience; in Siempre Luchando, I Never See Them Cry and The Party, romantic liaisons strengthen or buckle under the strain of the minute exploitations that result from the assumptions one makes about the other; the seedy sexual aggression of Luca’s Trip to Havana is undercut by the subtle yet intense lust of Breathe; while Leaving Cuba, with its closing image of Havana’s night sky, is as eloquently balanced a tale of the lives of everyday Cubans as you will read in a long while – whichever path one takes, something is lost.
s Aida Bahr, winner of Cuba’s Premio de la Critica Literaria says, “relying more on subtleties than on drama, [Segal] portrays the tensions and struggles, but also the joy and warmth, that fill Cubans’ lives.”

Parissi was nominated for time out Love London Awards

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also nominated in Brixton was Tate Library Brixton as a favourite place to go.


message for Liz Buchanan Library Manager

Dear All,

Great news, Brixton Library has been nominated for the Timeout Love London Award 2015. Help Brixton Library win by placing your vote on the Time Out website or click the link below.


Kind regards


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