Book Reviews

Edgard Telles Ribeiro’s “His Own Man”

In "His Own Man," nations, like the individuals therein, adapt and change such that their contemporary states bear little resemblance to their earlier incarnations.

Ondjaki’s “Granma Nineteen and the Soviet’s Secret”

It is no surprise that this energetic and endearing novel is the work of a writer of such stunning accomplishment as Ondjaki.

Alessandro Baricco’s “Mr. Gwyn

In an attempt to combat an approaching aimlessness after his sudden retirement, Gwyn chooses the new vocation of a copyist.

September 2014

The Memory of Our Land: Writing in and from Exile

As these writers demonstrate, there is no typical exile, and no standard response to deracination.

The Witness

How does a person follow the path of a fairy tale?

The Stone Guest

“Salamalaykum, Uncle, your nephew sent me. Said you’d give me the cash.”

Exile is Born at This Moment

When blood is exiled, / nothing binds it to the race.

Exilium Ergo Sum

It is impossible to find one's own path in literature without a certain verbal violence.

The Poet Cannot Stand Aside: Arabic Literature and Exile

Exile has been one of the places where Arabic literature has been able to communicate most strongly across linguistic borders.

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