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Farewell has colors: Adam Reta’s “Colors of Adios”

By | 2017-08-02T10:22:28+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Categories: Horn of Africa, Reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In his latest Amharic novel, the Ethiopian writer Adam Reta uses the metaphor of light prisms and colours to describe how couples, histories and nations part, mix and combine

Entangled Histories: Qurratulain Hyder’s Fireflies in the Mist

By | 2017-05-23T14:43:34+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Categories: North India, Reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When does a book become part of world literature? When it is translated into a major language, published by a metropolitan publisher and endorsed by renowned writers? So why has Qurratulain Hyder’s novel failed to register?

Qurratulain Hyder’s The Nautch Girl: A doubly multilingual text

By | 2017-08-09T12:40:19+00:00 January 29th, 2017|Categories: North India, Reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

What happens when a text from 17th century India passes through a double translation over the next two centuries? Qurratulain Hyder's translation of Hasan Shah's The Nautch Girl reveals some of the changes that occur when texts move across time and space.

Al-hubb Al-mustaheel / L’amour impossible: Love in a Time of Artificial Wombs

By | 2017-08-05T11:19:24+00:00 January 29th, 2017|Categories: Maghreb, Reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Most Mauritanian fiction seems almost obsessively ethnographic but Moussa Ould Ibno breaks away from this trend and uses Science Fiction to comment on ethical questions of reproductive technology and love.