Deji Olukotun’s debut novel Nigerians in Space is forthcoming from Ricochet Books on 1 November 2013. Corresponding by email, we discussed his first-hand research into the illegal abalone trade, his recent trip to Haiti, and his work as Freedom to Write Fellow at PEN American Center.
For me, as a poet, as someone wanting to rid my language of violence, I thought I must return to contemplate what can be found in this strange, ghostly English I use, to find what represents Arabic vestige and what that poetics might be.
It’s a coming-out year for Burundian literature in the English-speaking world, highlighted by the launch of the inaugural Andika Prize for English-language short stories.
Sudeep Sen presents World Prose Portfolio #8, an excerpt from The War of the Rosens by Janice Eidus.
Mario Bellatin introduces his biography Shiki Nagaoka: A Nose for Fiction in this trailer for the accompanying short film.
CP Heiser talks to Alejandro Zambra about the Great Conspiracies of the family, who tells Chile’s story, and the rhythm of his novels.
At Chora, I purchased the inaugural issue of The Istanbul Review, edited by Hande Zapsu Watt, now available at many government-owned tourism sites in greater Istanbul. The 200+ page glossy includes brief interviews with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Gerhard Schröder, Elif Shafak, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Banana Yoshimoto, and an annoying Paolo Coelho. Highlights of the issue include […]
Elisa Rizo’s Caminos y Veredas: Narrativas de Guinea Ecuatorial (Textos de Difusión Cultural UNAM) provides a much-needed update to the selection of Equatorial Guinean fiction available outside the country. The book features one to three short stories each by Donato Ndongo, Justo Bolekia Boleka, José Fernando Siale Djangany, Juan Tomas Ávila Laurel, and Recaredo Silebo […]
This November sees the release in paperback of Robert Walser’s Selected Stories (FSG Classics, $15), with a peculiarly pleasing semi-plasticized cover-stock. It includes well over thirty of Walser’s often very short stories and essays, including pieces about aviators, pimps, and poets, the last of which recounts his knowledge of “a poet, the author of most captivating verses, […]
Translator Clare Sullivan recounts her experiences with indigenous women poets in Oaxaca, Mexico. “The women I met are custodians of culture and of memory. In their poetry, as in their stories, they combine nurturing and insight with fierceness and fire.”
Australian poet John Mateer contemplates recent literary events in Bali and Perth, Australia, celebrating a wide range of world writers and detailing his own offerings to the Gods of Attention.
Mexican writer Cristina Rascón Castro converses with The Word, rants at the fragmented reflection of her own face, and recounts a young woman’s murder of an attacker. Sudeep Sen presents three stories co-translated by the author with Amal Chaterjee.