Image: Zhao Bo, Rainbow City, 2009 (detail) Oil on canvas in seven panels 78 3/4 x 35 1/2 inches each (200 x 90 cm each) Courtesy Eli Klein Fine Art, © Zhao Bo
This month we celebrate our tenth anniversary with compelling new work by some of our favorite writers from the last decade. In two tales of the afterlife, Sakumi Tayama’s fraudulent mediums channel unexpected spirits, and Marek Huberath’s grieving widower bids a prolonged farewell. Eduardo Halfon finds the ghost of his grandfather in a Guatemalan bully, while Iraq’s Najem Wali, in Lisbon, commemorates lost cities and loves. Mazen Kerbaj slips into a reverie; Évelyne Trouillot's bourgeoise is jolted from hers. Nahid Mofazzari talks dual existence with Goli Taraghi; Carmen Boullosa traces historical theft in Mexico; Can Xue portrays the decline and revitalization of a revered leader. We hope you’ll join us in saluting these writers and the many others we've presented throughout the years. Elsewhere, we present writing on the Rwandan genocide by Kelsy Lamko, Esther Mujawayo and Souâd Belhaddad, and Michaella Rugwizangoga, introduced by Elizabeth Applegate.
White Sand, Black Stone
Your passport, señor, expired last month.
Between Two Worlds: An Interview with Goli Taraghi
Dealing with censorship is a game of hide and seek.
From “Texas: The Great Theft”
The truth is that the gringos took advantage of several things
Spirit Summoning, Part I
It was Yoko who made me become a fake medium six months ago.
With practice I managed to fix stars.
Balm of a Long Farewell
"I thought it was a game, but they ripped my heart out."
The Old Cicada
He saw the leering youth approach.
The Sad Portuguese
At that exact moment, more than sixty jets flew overhead.
"Trouillot’s most striking childhood memories of the Duvalier dictatorship remain the image of Duvalier’s militiamen searching her family’s and neighbor’s houses for publications and other works of art deemed subversive.”—Edwidge Danticat
Reviewed by Carla Baricz
Together, these texts form an ecstatic and elegiac epic, in which the reader travels across the body of a butterfly (literally and figuratively), from the begining to the end of time.
Reviewed by David Varno
At his best, the Argentine Sergio Chejfec carries the torch of the great ambulatory writers, from De Quincy to Sebald.