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February 2019

International Graphic Novels: Volume XIII

Image: Hélène Aldeguer, From Après le printemps: une jeunesse tunisienne.

Welcome to our thirteenth annual graphic novel issue. Reflecting our current combative era, the pieces here depict conflicts both personal and political, addressing a striking range of existential challenges shaping lives across the globe.  Keum Suk Gendry-Kim shows a wrenching parental decision. Two years after the Arab Spring, Tunisia’s Hélène Aldeguer finds college students struggling with unemployment, instability, and disillusionment. The celebrated Czech duo of of Vojtěch Mašek and Džian Baban debut in English with a series of duels between an aspiring writer and a cynical publisher. Didier Kassaï chronicles the conflict raging in his native Central African Republic. And André Diniz is of two minds about a complicated longterm relationship. Elsewhere we present the first installment of a serialized novella by South Korea’s Sang Young Park, translated by Anton Hur. 

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Book Reviews

In “HELL,” Alasdair Gray Creates a Celtic, Wind-lashed Translation of Dante’s “Inferno”

Reviewed by Jamie Mackay

By fusing a dialect-laden verse with knowledge and respect for Dante’s original, the Scottish writer and illustrator has built a bridge across borders and nations.

One-third Women, “The Milk Bowl of Feathers” Adds Provocative New Voices to the Surrealist Canon

Reviewed by Susan Aberth

Edited by Mary Ann Caws, this anthology delivers new insights into this radical movement and rectifies past omissions to its canon with more intellectually daring and provocative non-French and female voices.

Recent Issues

Laughing Matters: International Humor

Another Country: Afro-Brazilian Writing

The Weight of History: Writing from Vietnam

Rewriting Caste: Dalit Literature in Hindi

The Past in the Present: Writing from Georgia

Crucible of Languages and Cultures: Writing from Macau

Turning the Kaleidoscope: Writing from Lebanon

The Queer Issue IX

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