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26 November 2019

Why is Central Europe leaning towards illiberal democracy? Interview with Czech author Radka Denemarková

"My biggest hope was that we would adopt the Western democratic values. Yet what we took from the West after 1989 was a model of consumerism and not a democratic...

10 October 2019

Despite last year's ‘alternative’ win, Guadeloupe's Maryse Condé passed over for 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature

The odds appeared to be in Condé's favour, but the Swedish Academy instead named Austrian author Peter Handke winner of the 2019 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

17 September 2019

Rediscovering the riches of St Petersburg's Muslim heritage

"Muslims are not just guests in this city, but were once its masters and some of its earliest inhabitants."

8 September 2019

Reading Kashmir: Understanding the conflict through its fiction and memoirs

Want to really understand the Kashmir conflict from an insider's perspective? Global Voices presents a list of essential reading by Kashmiris and authors with first-hand knowledge of the region.

2 September 2019

Decolonising and demystifying Central Asian literature through translation

"Central Asian literature is still exotic; people appreciate its rareness more than its literary merits. I want readers to move away from thinking 'how unusual!' to thinking 'how beautiful!'"

14 August 2019

‘The external world doesn't know how rich Nepali literature is': An interview with author Dr. Sangita Swechcha

"Not only is [the number of] Nepali writers who write in English slowly growing but the translation of literary works from Nepali to other languages is gaining momentum too."

6 August 2019

Nigerian creatives bid farewell to Toni Morrison, who wrote race into American consciousness

"The function, the very serious function of racism, is distraction. It keeps you explaining over and over again, your reason for being." — Toni Morrison

2 July 2019

In São Paulo's outskirts, theatre groups flourish by turning social issues into stories

Formed by residents of São Paulo's outskirts, theater collectives have been gaining ground with plays in the streets that tackle questions like racism and inequality.

3 May 2019

Running counter: An interview with a French publisher of Turkish literature

"Kontr is a publishing house, and a home where one invites the ones he likes, it is not a factory aimed at producing goods, labels or at making money."

10 April 2019

Four real-life locations that could have featured in Game of Thrones

As viewers gear up for one last dose of dynastic squabbling, political intrigue and looming supernatural doom, four actual locations that wouldn't be out of place on Westeros and Essos.

26 March 2019

Colombian social networks rally behind a local street poet fined for ‘trafficking poems’

Jesús Espicasa's story made waves on Colombian social networks, sparking a nationwide debate about the role of poetry in public life.

‘Representation is not feeling different when I read or see something,’ says scriptwriter of comic with black lead character

"It is my existence not being tied only to slavery, as schools seem to say and TV shows repeat. It is feeling part of the world on an equal footing."

16 March 2019

Hundreds gather in Nigeria to mourn professor Pius Adesanmi: ‘A juggernaut of African thought’

"A thousand years from now, I am hoping that fragments of my writing survive: not all accepted to live as slaves of the most irresponsible rulers of their era."

12 March 2019

Nigerians grieve the death of Pius Adesanmi, postcolonial scholar and public intellectual

"A towering intellectual with a mind that cut through issues like a scalpel who still remained curious about the issues of a younger would-be thinker ..."

8 March 2019

A palace on stilts: Guyanese novelist Wilson Harris returns to life in Trinidad & Tobago's Carnival

The Bridge

"Everywhere in Harris’ book we are asked to look up. At the sky, at the sun, at houses built on stilts."

2 March 2019

For the love of language: The first book of stories printed in Mro language

Bangladeshi organization prints first book in Mro language to support the growth of indigenous languages.

28 February 2019

Dijaawa Wotunnöi: an animated short film helps revitalise the Yekuana language

Rising Voices

Several Yekuanas -- an indigenous people who live in Venezuela and Brazil -- participated in the project as translators and researchers, and also contributed their voice to the film's characters.

21 February 2019

A look at Syria's long history of feminist movements

"The 2011 revolution was a revolution against everything, and so the women had a role as revolutionary activists at the forefront of the revolution"

4 January 2019

How preserving folktales and legends help raise environment awareness in the Mekong

Rising Voices

"By means of stories, the communities search for ways to accommodate and/or resist changes that are taking place in the Mekong river basin."

28 December 2018

How the comics of Marcelo D'Salete helps us understand Brazil's past and present

"It could help change mentalities regarding the treatment of the diverse groups that we have in Brazil, countering a hegemonic vision, which frames these groups in different and unequal positions."