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.
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.
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.
To comprehend Palestinian literature, we must have an idea of what it is to be Palestinian today.
Memory—they tell me—has no translation.
Palestinian writer Atef Abu Saif reads from his work.
“You’re not going to fool around with your friend’s girlfriend.”
One day / I’ll tear off my lips / and eat them / like candy.
The older I get, the more I realize how hybridized my cultural identity is.
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