Censors at Work

Excerpt: Censors At Work: How States Shaped Literature

Robert Darnton’s new book examines the effect state censorship had on literature in Communist East Germany, antebellum France, and 18th century colonial India.

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The Village Indian

The Village Indian by Abbas Khider

The Village Indian tells author Abbas Khider’s own story of exile. With elements of both tragedy and comedy, the following excerpt – Chapter 6: The Miracles – details the many “miracles” that allow Khider’s fictional protagonist, Rasul Hamid, to flee from Iraq to Germany.

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Bones Will Crow

Bones Will Crow Revisited: Poems from Khin Aung Aye and Pandora

Two poems from Bones Will Crow, the first anthology of contemporary Burmese poetry translated into English: “Achilles’ Heel” by Khin Aung Aye and “The Sniper” by Pandora. Both poems are translated by the poet Ko Ko Thett.

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Artwork by Luis Trápaga

A Message for Grethel by Ahmel Echevarría Peré

Writer, photographer, and editor, Ahmel Echevarría Peré is the author of the novels Pastel Para Pitbulls, La Noria, and Búfalos Camino al Matadero. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. He is a regular contributor to independent Cuban affairs online magazines.

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Luis Trapaga drawing

The Same Eyes by Lizabel Mónica

Lizabel Mónica is a writer whose experimental concepts alternate with narrative texts of high precision and transparency, where a certain pervert urge of her characters is always the result of corporal repression in human behavior. She is a writer of fiction, editor and art critic.

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In Praise of Poetry
In Praise of Poetry by Olga Sedakova
Until the 1990s, Olga Sedakova's books were not available in Russia because they failed to align with prescribed official aesthetics. Sampsonia Way presents an excerpt from Sedakova's forthcoming book, In Praise of Poetry.
Street of Thieves
Excerpt from Street of Thieves by Mathias Énard
An excerpt from Street of Thieves by Mathias Énard. Set against a backdrop of political uprisings, the novel follows Lakhdar, a young Moroccan, who becomes exiled from his family for his religious transgressions.

Literary Voices

  • In Praise of Poetry
    In Praise of Poetry by Olga Sedakova

    Until the 1990s, Olga Sedakova’s books were not available in Russia because they failed to align with prescribed official aesthetics. Sampsonia Way presents an excerpt from Sedakova’s forthcoming book, In Praise of Poetry.

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  • Escape Artist. Credit: Aleph Book Company
    Five Poems by Sridala Swami

    In Sridala Swami’s second poetry collection, the speaker attempts to navigate the constraints of the bodied self: death and the decay of age, the fragile nature of love and relationships, and the imposition of national borders.

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