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Back-to-School Stories

Students study in a classroom
Liceu de Bissau, Guiné-Bissau. Brazilian National Archives, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

With the arrival of September and the new school year, we highlight a selection of pieces on education from our archives.

From “The Belly of the Atlantic”
By Fatou Diome
He gave me everything: the secret of letters, of numbers, the key to the world.
Translated from French by C. Dickson
By Muhammed Zafar Iqbal
Whenever teachers said there was good news, it almost always turned out to be nothing of the sort.
Translated from Bengali by Arunava Sinha
By Amy Yamada
It didn’t take much time before word spread that I was Yamamoto’s favorite.
Translated from Japanese by Yuri Komuro