Book Reviews

Sergio Pitol’s “The Journey”

In order to enjoy The Journey, the second volume of revered Mexican author Sergio Pitol’s idiosyncratic autobiographical trilogy, the reader must abandon expectations: of genre, of structure, of distinctions between the aesthetic “truth” of dreams and fiction, and truth in the sense of literal accuracy.

Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi’s “Mirages of the Mind”

Written in 1990, Yousufi’s Mirages of the Mind describes with acuity the changed ambience of India after the Partition, We, twenty-five years later, know that Yousufi’s understanding of the Indian situation was nothing but prescient.

Naja Marie Aidt’s “Rock, Paper, Scissors”

Most readers of Baboon will have appreciated the way Aidt composed a series of spiky, cutting scenes, full of damaged yet compelling characters, and in Rock, Paper, Scissors the writer expands these vignettes into an extended car crash of a novel.

August 2015

Myth and History: Writing from Indonesia

In October of this year, Indonesia will make its appearance as the guest of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair—the first country from Southeast Asia to be so honored.

The Wild Cherry Tree

When I was still in primary school, most of my time was spent up in that wild cherry tree.


Poetry is a pen that is dreaming

The Crow

But what caught most of his attention was the man’s wings.

writing you

. . . the letters are reluctant to sound out / voices i knew / voices i memorized

The Moon and the Magician in the Red Jacket

How could anyone survive on a primary teacher’s pension?

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