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Backstories: Afro-Italian Women Writers


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August 2nd, 2021
  • First Read

The Interrogation

by Hwang Sok-Yong 

In the 1990s, writer and Korean reunification activist Hwang Sok-yong spent five years in prison for visiting North Korea in violation of South Korea's National Security Act. In his…read more

July 29th, 2021
  • Interviews

“You Belong Nowhere”: Leïla Slimani on the Trauma of Colonialism and Her Forthcoming Novel

by Madeleine Feeny 

Leïla Slimani is an international literary star, a poster-woman of French multiculturalism and a leading voice on human rights. Born in 1981 to a surgeon mother and economist father in…read more

July 28th, 2021
  • Watchlist

The Watchlist: July 2021

by Tobias Carroll 

Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about. This month's selection includes books…read more

July 22nd, 2021
  • Interviews

Cabo Verdean President Jorge Carlos Fonseca: Poetry Is the Only Instrument of Radical Change

by David Shook 

One of the surprising pleasures of the early pandemic was the development of my friendship with the Cabo Verdean writer Jorge Carlos Fonseca. In addition to being one of Lusophone Africa’s…read more

July 20th, 2021
  • Interviews

“Language Is a Code”: Ali Feruz on Prison Literature, Exile, and the Power of Journalism

by José Vergara 

During the January 2021 pro-Navalny demonstrations that swept Russia, hundreds of protestors were rounded up, brutalized, and jailed. Some of them ended up in the Sakharovo Detention Center for…read more

July 20th, 2021
  • News
  • Jobs

We’re Hiring: Education Fellow

by Words Without Borders 

Education Fellowship Part-time Remote Words Without Borders seeks applicants for its education fellowship. The new education fellowship program is designed to provide in-depth experience to…read more

Book Reviews

Marina Jarre’s Stunning Memoir, “Distant Fathers,” Maps Its Author’s Peripatetic Search for Herself

Reviewed by Hannah Weber

“I’m Latvian, but I speak German and I don’t understand who Jesus Christ is,” wrote Jarre, who was born in Latvia to an Italian mother and a Latvian Jewish father, was sent as a child to live in a Francophone community in northern Italy, and later settled in Turin. Her memoir is a multilingual interior monologue which feels like the truest representation of memory (a flood of narratives, images, and dreams outside of time) and shows a woman fumbling for her identity while never feeling wholly at home anywhere.

Returning Home in Palestine: On Sahar Khalifeh’s “My First and Only Love”

Reviewed by Max Radwin

A new novel by the celebrated Palestinian writer travels back and forth in time, across decades, examining the way family, politics, and friendship in her homeland are shaped by violence and war.

A Pioneer of Decolonial Poetry, Jorgenrique Adoum Finally Gets His Book-length (Post)English Debut

Reviewed by Olivia Lott

Linguistic experimentation and political rebellion went hand in hand in the work of the Ecuadorian Adoum, a leading figure of the Latin American neo-avant-garde who wrote his verses in what he called "postspanish."

“The Scar We Know” Shows How Lida Yusupova Shaped Russian Feminist Poetry

Reviewed by Josephine von Zitzewitz

With an unflinching gaze at physical and sexual violence, abundant profanity and a disregard for meter and rhyme, the poems in this collection expose the gruesome routine of gender hierarchy in a society that has turned the shoring up of patriarchal structures into government policy.

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