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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.

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The prodigal half-rooster
Linda Kinstler

When they were first released, Maggie Nelson’s On Freedom and Lea Ypi’s Free spoke past one another from half a world away. But both ask whether the many freedoms we enjoy mean anything if they are not practiced in public, and if they are not passed on—and whether the word « freedom » means anything at all.

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The void that fills the void
Irina Dumitrescu

Relics, and the places devoted to their worship, dotted the map of Europe and the Middle East. Saints, like today’s celebrities, were both omnipresent and faraway, once-vulnerable people who became something more than human.

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A rather disproportionate intervention
Ijoma Mangold

An excerpt from Ijoma Mangold’s memoir, Das Deutsche Krokodil (The German Crocodile), available in English translation from the DAS Editions imprint of Digitalback Books

Eine ziemlich nachhaltige Einmischung
Ijoma Mangold

An excerpt from Ijoma Mangold’s memoir, Das Deutsche Krokodil (The German Crocodile), available in English translation from the DAS Editions imprint of Digitalback Books

Story
Stupid illnesses called « childhood »
Marina Jarre

An excerpt from I padri lontani / Distant Fathers (1987), the rediscovered memoir of Marina Jarre, available in English translation from New Vessel Press.

Story
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