Book Reviews

Karel Schoeman’s “This Life”

The landscape to be explored is one shaped by nation and culture almost as much as it is by personal experience. This landscape, in Schoeman's novel, is one that crosses back and forth between the borders of the great semi-desert region known as the Karoo, which began to be settled and developed in the late-nineteenth century.

Max Blecher’s “Adventures in Immediate Irreality”

It would appear that to write about Blecher is, in some sense, to write about a broad swath of European modernists in a game of contextual one-upmanship.

Han Kang’s “The Vegetarian”

In her remarkable novel The Vegetarian, South Korean writer Han Kang explores the irreconcilable conflict between our two selves: one greedy, primitive; the other accountable to family and society.

May 2015

The Shape of Time: New Palestinian Writing

To comprehend Palestinian literature, we must have an idea of what it is to be Palestinian today.

A Map of Jerusalem

Memory—they tell me—has no translation.

Writing the Lives of Gaza: Video Interview with Atef Abu Saif

Palestinian writer Atef Abu Saif reads from his work.

Long Distance

“You’re not going to fool around with your friend’s girlfriend.”

Solitary Confinement on the Seventh Floor

One day / I’ll tear off my lips / and eat them / like candy.

Both Freedom and Constraint: An Interview with Randa Abdel-Fattah

The older I get, the more I realize how hybridized my cultural identity is.

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