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On learning to write again
Adania Shibli

Ramallah, downtown, fifth floor. The phone rings and the caller’s number appears on the screen. It’s an unknown number. And yet a call that comes at this hour must be answered.

تعلُّم الكتابة من جديد
Adania Shibli

رام الله، وسط البلد، الطابق الخامس. يرن الهاتف ويظهر رقم المتّصل على الشاشة. إنه ليس لأحد معارفنا، فالرقم غير معروف. مع ذلك، يتطلّبُ اتصال هاتفي في ساعة مبكِّرةٍ كهذه الردَّ عليه.

« The hope of future Pan-African socialism »
Jackie Thomae

A group of « skinny Black lads » enroll at Leipzig's Karl Marx University in East Germany. An excerpt from Jackie Thomae's novel Brothers.

Ice queens, sex machines
Fiona Bell

Insofar as erotica can ever be about something, what is Russia-themed erotica about?

The coldest, cleanest water in Europe
Ben Carver

Solitary sailing, and the philosophy thereof: What sort of writing is possible when the mind is at sea and so entirely occupied and swaddled?

What an animal isn’t
Madeline Gressel

Two vastly different books — one a picaresque tale, the other a dystopian meditation — both recount a transition from human to animal or from animal to human.

Michael Erard

Language-learning and people-eating in Ayesha Manazir Siddiqi's The Centre.

Moscow on the Med
Kate Elizabeth Creasey

Two winters in Istanbul. If you are a holder of a Russian passport, there are few places in the Western hemisphere that you can go without a visa.

Noise’s grip
Clare Azzopardi, Leanne Ellul

On Malta, noise is the norm.

The big beige books
Stephan Petermann

The most important unreviewed books of our times, reviewed. On Xi Jinping’s The Governance of China, Volumes I to IV

George Blaustein

On Arnold, action cinema & Übermenschlichkeit. « Arnold Schwarzenegger was action cinema’s Adamic man, alternately entering and exiting normal human time. »

Photographer, refugee, king
Patrick Doan

A family’s travelogue from Phnom Penh to Paris and back

Photographe, réfugié, roi
Patrick Doan

Carnet de voyage d’une famille entre Phnom Penh et Paris et le retour

Defne Suman

A story about danger. « She wondered when he was going to ask her where she was going. »

Defne Suman

« Eylül adamın ‘ne tarafa gidiyorsun’ diye sormasını bekledi »

Europe disenchanted
Gabriel Rom

A broad cast of characters who almost all speak to a solitary woe. This is Europe? Ben Judah depicts a continent of islands, hollowed of associational life.

Pigeon Water
William Nelson

Online, pigeon water is what we swim in and slather on ourselves.

The original Dybbuk
Menachem Kaiser

A story about afterlife. « A saint! What do you mean he’s a saint! the scholar says. He’s a librarian! Are librarians saints? »

Visit the extractocene!
G. Geltner

The Eisenthür silver mine is real; the village below is entirely fictive.

Corrupted, yet intact
Mathieu Segers

On the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Europe of European integration. An excerpt from The Origins of European Integration: The Pre-history of Today’s European Union, 1937–1951.

On location
George Blaustein

Mission: Impossible and Eurocentric stunts, from Hollywood to Hong Kong. What does an action movie want to be?

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