Book Reviews

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.

Yoss’s “A Planet for Rent”

A Planet for Rent is Yoss’s thinly veiled, scathing critique of 1990s Cuba, using the genre of science fiction to elude censure... Satirizing our fear of subjugation and the other, Yoss’s implementation of aliens very literally confronts contemporary anxieties about immigration and diaspora.

Anne Garréta’s “Sphinx”

Centering her tale on the love and lust of a young couple in the Parisian underworld allows Garréta to train our eyes on the physical beauty of youth, the sensuality of anonymous bodies, and our preconceptions regarding both. The bodies of je and A***, left bare of gender markers, create the need for a new, more vigilant kind of reading that involves a constant undoing of assumptions.

August 2015

Myth and History: Writing from Indonesia

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

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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