· April, 2007

Stories about Literature from April, 2007

Cameroon: collective amnesia

  16 April 2007

Individual memory and collective amnesia in Cameroon: “The absence of memoirs, autobiographies and biographies in Cameroon is merely one facet of a much broader problem, i.e., the collective inability (or unwillingness) of Cameroonians to keep historical records for posterity or to even consider these records as important contributions to the...

Trinidad & Tobago, U.S.A.: R.I.P. Kurt Vonnegut

  13 April 2007

Both Caribbean Free Radio: “Like many of my ilk (US-educated Trinidadians of a certain age?), I had my Vonnegut phase” and The Latin Americanist: “One of his best science fiction novels was 1963’s Cat’s Cradle which was set in the fictional Caribbean island of San Lorenzo and whose ruling dictator...

Dominica: New Book about the Caribs

  13 April 2007

The CAC Review is happy about the publication of a new book about the indigenous Kalinagos (or Caribs) of Dominica, which “tells the story of a remarkable people”.

Bahrain: Neutral Language?

Bahrain-based blogger Bint Battuta writes her thoughts on the book Perfume – from a linguistic perspective. “Perfume is a novel written in German, but set in France. I read the English translation; I can't judge the translation fully, as I haven't looked at the German (I would be interested to...

Jamaica: Frances-Anne Solomon Speaks

  12 April 2007

Jamaican Geoffrey Philp features writer, producer and filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon in her own words: “Creation is a form of Terror, particularly when you come from a colonial context and background in which Empire (read: a sense of inferiority) was imposed through education, language, culture, as much if not more than...

China: On Wang Xiaobo ten years later

  10 April 2007

Blogger and Life Weekly editor looks back at another renowned cultural critic—Wang Xiaobo, on the tenth anniversary of Xiaobo's death, how he relates to works from someone a generation older than him, and how Xiaobo ended up on the cover of Life Weekly. [zh]

Belarus: Gospels in Romany

April 8 was International Roma Day; TOL's Romantic writes about Gospels translated into Romany language, and posts an interview on the Belarusian Roma community with Nicolas Kalinin, Belarusian delegate to European Roma Travelers Forum.

Jordanian Blogosphere: An Iris Also Blooms

The seasons are moving forward, the weather is moving forward, and the clocks have all sprung forward for spring. But controversy is in the air these past few weeks on the Jordanian blogosphere… The Arab Observer has a bone to pick with people who harass women on the street, while...

Zimbabwe: another Dambudzo Marechera?

  5 April 2007

Poet Tinashe Mushakavanhu has been compared to Dambudzo Marechera. eshuneutics disagrees: The gaps are more to do with a poet learning a visual syntax whereas the breaks in Marechera are a psychological terrain that has to be crossed with a struggle, with effort, with full engagement by the reader. I...

Kenya: voting dilemma

  5 April 2007

My Voting Dilemma – A poem by Kenyanpoet: This paradox of how a piece of paper With X and ticks marks like an exam paper To examine my literacy and disarm my prayers Malcolm X and Nike labels Tick no and X or cancel yes No I don’t want yes...

Bangladesh: In Conversation with Ravinder Randhawa

  5 April 2007

black and gray in conversation with novelist Ravinder Randhawa. “British-Asian writers may traverse all the territory from fantasy to reality, chick-lit to crime novels, but, in general, if a novel is by a British Asian author and has Asian characters it is immediately placed in the category of British-Asian novel....

Bloggers in India Mourn the Untimely Death of Shakti Bhatt

  5 April 2007

Bloggers in India have been mourning the untimely death of Shakti Bhatt, who passed away in Delhi last Saturday night after a sudden and unexpected illness. Shakti – who was in her mid-twenties – was the editor of Indian publishing house IBD’s newly launched Bracket Books and the wife of...

India: On Kabir

  3 April 2007

Indian Muslims on revisiting Kabir. “Nevertheless, a synthesis of sorts was navigated by hundreds of yogis, Sufis and poets of India. Very much a people’s movement from the below, Bhakti movement articulated a powerful vision of tolerance, amity and co-existence that is still relevant. This is many centuries before the...