Algerian Writer Samira Negrouche on Her 3 Mother Tongues, Translating Poetry, and Collaborative Writing

I could mention two of her books I frequently go back to, The Arab Apocalypse   and Le Cycle des Tilleuls. I admire her work as a poet and her integrity. During that time, all my attention went to what was happening in Tunis, Tripoli, Cairo, Damascus, Sanaa. I try to give it all the

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When Progress Ebbs: Career Women at the Turn of the 20th Century

In these thrill-filled serials, women had ambitions that took them out and about in the world, like the aspiring journalist in The Perils of Pauline (1914), the working journalists in Dollie of the Dailies (1914) and Perils of Our Girl Reporters (1916), the railroad telegraph operator in Hazards of Helen (1914–1917), or the businesswoman in

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Will You Join Me in Taking Up the Body?: On Sara Uribe’s “Antígona González”

No one is spoken for, as the “I” functions as a kind of limbo, wherein people can speak, read, and extend themselves to one another. : No quería ser una Antígona per me tocó. Cuando no hay faz, ni rastro, ni huellas, ni señales. Antígona González is both fictional and real. In the past decade,

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“Meld with Me?”: On Alissa Nutting’s “Made for Love”

The truth is tech mogul Bryon’s desire to download runaway wife Hazel’s every intimate detail may not be so different from the reader’s, a similarity that Nutting plays to the hilt: “Hazel went into the diner’s bathroom and decided to practice the speech she’d give Byron […] ‘I’m sorry I didn’t fall in love with

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Histories of Violence: Violence to Thought

In going public in this way, the response of colleagues invariably, though the institution only sometimes, has been terrifically supportive. Putting it completely aside is not necessarily easy, as it will niggle at the mind, prompting one to look out for other instances around the corner, over one’s shoulder. But make-believe also involves compulsion, forcing

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The Bigger Picture

That said, Sebag has distinctive quirks and habits, per the conventions of a crime novel hero. That should have been an opportunity for them to get re-acquainted […] [t]o imagine and prepare for a future for two people and no longer for four.” But Claire, who is a teacher, has decided to spend her school

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“Carl Broke Something”: On Carl Andre, Ana Mendieta, and the Cult of the Male Genius

Andre is the perfect artist for institutions that are not courts of law. If you really want a target for righteous anger, you might consider her art school professor who would technically now be considered a rapist by assertion of his position of authority. Donald Judd’s Foundation stresses to visitors touring his baronial Marfa holdings

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An Excerpt from Najwa Bin Shatwan’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction-shortlisted ‘Slave Pens’

Editor’s note:   Those interested in translation rights should contact the Raya Agency. What if she isn’t curious about what happened? Her two children tagged along. The uneven heights were interrupted by a few small shops, most owned by the surrounding residents, and where this road turned into the next, there was a small pharmacy

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Cottage Industry: On “Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and Twenty-First-Century Culture”

Ten years ago, the mortgage crisis laid bare the dead pledges underpinning the orgiastic speculation of global finance. In her analysis of Super Sad, McClanahan moves past Deidre Lynch’s argument that the 19th-century novel’s exploration of individual interiority taught us how to read the credibility of persons in the growing marketplace. ¤ Philosopher György Lukács

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One Mystery Will Solve Another: Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich’s “The Fact of a Body”

Particularly conspicuous by its absence is Capote’s complex relationship with Perry Smith, a character who is alternately presented as sympathetic and simply pathetic. The public performance of private introspection is a paradoxical project, which accounts for the awkward self-consciousness of even many of the best memoirs, as a writer tries to arrange the facts of

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Who Does He Favor?

¤ ¤ Rachel Masilamani is a Pittsburgh-based cartoonist whose work has appeared in such venues as Indiana Review, Graphic Classics,   and   Aster(ix). JULY 9, 2017 THIS IS ONE of a series of 20 “literary addresses” commissioned by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Association for Asian American Studies, as part of

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Sunday Submissions: Anomaly, Queen Mob’s Queer Translation Issue, Miles Morland Writing Scholarship

We seek work that engages in intersectionality. Check out their guidelines and submission policies on their Submittable page. The final opportunity is for Anglophone writers who live in Africa or have two African parents. They continue: We are looking for work that fails to signify monolithically, whether in form or content or even, or hopefully,

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One Fait Accompli After Another: Mikhail Gorbachev on the New Russia

Тhe economic “Shock Therapy” imposed on Russia by American economic theorists and their post-Soviet counterparts proved disastrous. Matters slipped out of Gorbachev’s hands, leading to “the worst strategic mistake” — the dissolution of the entire country when then president of Russia, Boris Yeltsin, and the heads of Belarus and Ukraine formed the now-defunct entity called

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Red Dawn: On China Miéville’s Urgent Retelling of the Russian Revolution

(Hitler’s cameo is a particularly brilliant moment.) In October, Miéville, whose PhD dissertation offered a Marxist theory of international law, joins a hallowed group of science fiction and fantasy authors who have applied their talents to history. ¤ Alci Rengifo is a writer based in Los Angeles who has written on numerous topics including film,

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Russia 1917: You Are There

Within these limits, however, the author’s reading appears to have been about as wide as could be expected of anyone other than an academic specialist. We should also strive for an existential grasp of how they understood themselves, of the three-dimensional psychological terms in which the battles of the past have been fought. In the

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Shortlist Announced for Arab British Center Award for Culture

    Advertisements Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintLinkedInRedditGoogleTumblrPinterestPocketLike this:Like Loading…‹ Friday Finds: Zakariya Tamer’s “The Accused,” Translated and Illustrated by Molly CrabappleCategories: Arab British Centre The winners will be announced on July 13, at The Arab British Centre’s fortieth anniversary celebration. This year’s judging panel include:s Sir Derek Plumbly KCMG, Chairman of The Arab British Centre; Venetia Porter, British

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