This month we spotlight writing from the islands of Mauritius, Reunion, Madagascar, and Mayotte.  Francophone writing in the region dates back to the eighteenth century; the coexistence of French with the area's other languages (Creole, Malagasy, Arabic, and Hindi), and its relationship to French colonialism, inflect writers' thematic, stylistic, and syntactic choices.  See how J. William Cally, Ananda Devi, Nassuf Djailani, Michel Ducasse, Boris Gamaleya, Alain Gordon-Gentil, Carpanin Marimoutou and Françoise Vergès, Esther Nirina, Barlen Pyamootoo, Jean-Luc Raharimanana, and Umar Timol imaginatively engage with this complex heritage. We thank our guest editor, Françoise Lionnet, for assembling this fine collection. Elsewhere, Mauritian writer Nathacha Appanah joins Etgar Keret and Wojciech Jagielski in writing from cities not their own. And we deliver the third installment of Sakumi Tamaya's “Hole in the Garden.”

Fiction Serial

The Hole in the Garden, Part III

“You expect me to believe you dug a hole just for the fun of it?"

Writers in Other Cities


Leaving Peshawar to enter Afghanistan brought anxiety. Leaving Afghanistan brought joy and homesickness.

Book Reviews

Adania Shibli’s “We Are All Equally Far from Love”

"We Are All Equally Far From Love" is hypnotically visceral in its accrual of mundane details

Isle Say Blood

always the sea always / shameful the shameful ocean / bodies battered before touching the shore

The Crossing toward Hope

It’s raining bullets over Mutsamudu.

But Your Eyes

Smooth is the beach / Like the arch of my entrance / Refusing your doors.

The Sea Horses’ Ball

The plane crashes . . . on the island of troubling roosters.

Moorings: Indo-oceanic Creolizations

The horizon which traces a curved line—not a straight one as in the North—is the metaphor for our position.


Now chant. / Dêmos / Kratos


The gecko got it right