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· December, 2007

Stories about Literature from December, 2007

New Bloggers Use Poetry to Describe Their Communities, Feelings, Friends

The new bloggers of Rising Voices outreach projects in Colombia, Bolivia, and Bangladesh are more than just up-and-coming citizen journalists. They have also discovered the power of prose to reveal...

Egypt: Arabic Books

Egyptian blogger Eman recommends reading the following Arabic books.

Ethiopia: Queen of Sheba, Now Available in French

Francophone music blog Roots and Culture interviews Samuel Malher, a religious scholar from Strasbourg who has written the first unabridged French translation of the Kebra Negast, a sacred Ethiopian text....

Ethiopia: French Translation of the Kebra Nagast

Roots and Culture interviews [FR] Samuel Mahler, who recently translated the Kebra Nagast, a sacred text of many Ethiopian Christians and Rastafarians, into French.

West Africa: The four Cameroonian historical myths

Today, we are taking a tour of the West African blogosphere. Bloggers from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, and Nigeria are discussing children's books, historical myths, the military and politics.

Romania: Dracula

Csíkszereda Musings re-reads Bram Stoker's ‘Dracula’ and writes about his surprising ethnic origins as well as Romania's flourishing Dracula-centered tourism industry.

The Baltics: “Borderlands (V)”

There's something to grieve and much to celebrate when the Baltic states join the Schengen, writes Marginalia.

Uzbekistan: New Book of the Former BBC Reporter

Steve LeVine reviews the new book's release — Alan Johnston, the former Tashkent correspondent for the BBC, has a new book out called “Kidnapped and Other Dispatches.” His release was...

Russia: Dostoyevsky's Mock Execution Anniversary

ExecutedToday.com writes about Fyodor Dostoyevsky's mock execution of 1849.

Armenia: Robinson Crusoe in Kurdish

Kurdistan and Hayastan — Hand in Hand posts a scan of the front page of the Kurdish translation of Daniel Dafoe's classic book, Robinson Crusoe. The book was translated and...

Russia: Lyudmila Ulitskaya

Russian Blog writes about Lyudmila Ulitskaya's latest – and, possibly, her last – novel, “Daniel Stein, translator”: “After being such a prolific writer for many years, and after the huge...

Russia: “Don Putin”

Sean Guillory of Sean's Russia Blog is reminded of Godfather as he reads about “Putin’s acceptance to be Prime Minister if his protege Dima becomes President.”

Bahrain: A tenfold increase in population?!

This time the roundup from Bahrain covers three weeks. We have frustration on every front, unfortunately: frustration with being surrounded by apathy and ignorance, with being a teenager, and with...

Togo: Kangi Alem announces residency for young francophone writers

Kangi Alem announces an artists’ residency [Fr] in Lome for young francophone African writers.

Sri Lanka: Taking blogs seriously

London, Lanka and Drums reflects on blogging in the context of a session discussing blogs at the Galle Literary Festival.

Barbados: BIM Magazine

Gallimaufry is “really excited to hear…about the relaunch of Bim magazine”, a publication that was instrumental in the development of West Indian literature.

Israel: Arab Literacy Project

From Israel, Maya Norton writes about the UAE-based Kalima project, which aims to translate books written in different languages into Arabic.

Trinidad & Tobago: Lion House

Thebookmann features a wall painting of Lion House in Trinidad, made famous by V.S. Naipaul's A House for Mr. Biswas.

Jamaica: Christmas Poem

“It's time; time to wash away the smoke of the year's turmoil, to put aside profits, gains, losses–the familiar ache that brings tears in the bathroom mirror–it’s time”: Geoffrey Philp...

Jamaica: Conversation with Mervyn Morris

Geoffrey Philp interviews Jamaican writer and professor Mervyn Morris.

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