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Stories about Literature

24 July 2016

Samia Yusuf Omar Earned Fame as a Runner, But Died as a Refugee. A New Comic Honors Her.

Reinhard Kleist's latest comic book brings Olympic dreams and the refugee crisis to life.

8 July 2016

There's Wisdom and Humour to Be Found Painted on the Back of Nepalese Trucks

"In America, young lead the country; Old get the pension. In Nepal, old rule the country; Young get the tension."

28 June 2016

Barbados-Born Author Austin Clarke Remembered as a ‘Pioneering Voice’

"He spoke his mind unafraid, he stirred the pot [...] He was a citizen of the world but always belonged to Barbados. He was a proud native son."

26 June 2016

A Children's Book Introduces German Kids to the True Story of Syrian Refugees

Germany has received more than 1 million refugees, many of them children from Syria.

16 June 2016

Following Complaints, Singapore Removes Same-Sex Kiss Scene in Les Misérables Production

"It is nothing more than a triumph of ignorance and hysteria over common sense and sober reflection."

3 June 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Unsung Heroes

This week, we head to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Japan, Myanmar, Brazil and Syria.

30 May 2016

Peru Has Not One, but Two Tours Dedicated to Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa

The tours, which take place in Miraflores and Arequipa, are dedicated to Vargas Llosa, whose works include the novels Conversation in the Cathedral and Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter.

29 May 2016

How a Hmong Song Tradition Is Kept Alive in the American Midwest

Kwv txhiaj has its origins in southern China and Southeast Asia, is several centuries old and is kept alive through its singers. One of them calls the US Midwest home.

21 May 2016

How a Self-Taught Translator Created a Literary Masterpiece One Word at a Time

Deborah Smith only started to learn Korean six years ago. Her translation of Han Kang's book "The Vegetarian" just won the Man Booker International Prize for fiction.

20 May 2016

Saint-Exupéry's ‘Little Prince’ Can Speak Aymara Now

For the first time, Aymara speakers will be able to enjoy in their native tongue Saint-Exupéry's book "The Little Prince", the story of a pilot and a mysterious boy.

19 May 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: The Disappeared

This week, we take you to Ecuador, Uganda, Bangladesh, Ukraine and Pakistan.

12 May 2016

Happy 50th Birthday to Rana, Masud Rana, Bangladesh's Very Own James Bond

"But for the 90s kids like me, Rana and Kazi Anwar Hussain are legends. I am indebted to them as they showed the world to me through those books."

4 May 2016

Two Years Without Gabriel García Márquez: A Tribute

The Bridge

On meeting Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, and highlights from a discussion about the novelist at the 2016 International Congress of the Spanish Language.

22 April 2016

In the Lead-Up to Trinidad and Tobago's Bocas Lit Fest, a Valediction for a Writer We Should Have Known Better

The Bridge

Trinidadian writer Irma Rambaran died In February, the scale and scope of her talent largely unknown. A pre-festival event at the Bocas Lit Fest begins the process of remedying that.

17 April 2016

If Kazakhstan Made Valentine's Day Cards…

The cards mark Kazakhstan's National Day of Lovers on April 15, created by the government as an alternative to the Western celebration.

16 March 2016

Two Writers Publicly Resign Amid the Chinese Communist Party's Tightening Grip on Culture

"Suzhou has been a place where literati gather since ancient times. It has a very good tradition of pursuing the ideal. But these traditions have almost vanished now."

15 March 2016

Should Brazilian Students Study Portuguese Literature?

While some argue that respected authors from Portugal are being axed from the curriculum, others say priority should be given to the literature of Portuguese Africa and Latin America.

8 March 2016

The Flourishing Relationship Between Women and the Book Industry of Jamaica

When it comes to Jamaica's publishing industry, women not only enjoy gender parity -- they are leading the way in all things book-related.

5 March 2016

Poet and Activist Hanitr’Ony Discusses the Malagasy Language and Culture in a Changing World

An informal chat with the poet Hanitr'Ony on the Malagasy language and culture.

25 February 2016

Prize-Winning Novelist's Facebook ‘Joke About White Guys’ Is Gone—and Back—in Less Than 24 Hours

The Bridge

Facebook's notorious "Community Standards" strike again. The victim in question: popular Jamaican novelist Marlon James.

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