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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Last Black Cat (The)
by Eugene Trivizas
Age Range: 12+
This is the story of a black cat that lives a peaceful and happy life on an island. He
has only ever had to worry about stealing fish, hanging out with fellow cats and
the love of his life, Graziella. One night however, he witnesses the kidnapping of a
fellow cat. Suddenly, one by one all the black cats on the island begin mysteriously
disappearing until there is only one black cat left. Behind these abductions lies a
sinister society who have convinced the government that black cats bring bad luck
and are responsible for the nation’s problems.
Eugene Trivizas has created a story that deals with discrimination as well as the power of illogical superstition seen from the perspective of a cat as the main protagonist. This book is full of imagination and original ideas. Although it can be grim reading at times, the vivid dialogue and good sense of humour that runs throughout make this an unusual novel.
(Outside In: Children’s Books in Translation, Milet, 2005)