• Virgilio Piñera
    Virgilio Piñera

    Cuba has declared this year to be “The Year of Virgilio” in honor of Virgilio Piñera, a writer it once imprisoned. A pioneer of absurd literature and theater, author Horacio Castellanos Moya writes an overview of Piñera, his life and works, in this week’s column.

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  • Eduardo Halfon
    Eduardo Halfon’s Year

    Guatemalan writer Eduardo Halfon’s forthcoming novel The Polish Boxer is expected in October. Word Without Borders is appealing to readers to help bring Halfon to New York and London for a series of readings geared to high school students. We share a video of Halfon talking about his new novel.

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  • Footage from the execution video. Photo: youtube user AussieNews1
    Afghanistan’s Anna Karenina

    In this week’s column writer Bina Shah reflects on the public execution of Najiba, a 22 year-old Afghan woman who was killed for allegedly having an affair with a Taliban commander. Shah draws parallels between Najiba’s story and that of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina.

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  • Shahbaz Bhatti, murdered minority leader
    Denialistan: Part Two

    In this week’s Pakistan Unveiled Bina Shah continues discussing reactions to her novel Slum Child, which criticizes the treatment of minorities in Pakistan.

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  • Lucas Hirsch
    Poetry: “No. 22″ by Lucas Hirsch

    Sampsonia Way is thrilled to share Lucas Hirsch’s previously unpublished poem “No. 22” from his upcoming book Dolhuis: Natura Naturata (Madhouse: Natura Naturata) to be published by De Arbeiderspers. Translation by Willem Groenewegen.

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  • Unbridled Hatreds: Read in the Face of Ancient Hatreds
    Banned Books from Bahrain

    In March, the Press and Publications Directorate banned the following books from the Bahrain International Book Fair. Because of our commitment to freedom of expression, Sampsonia Way recommends these books to all those who speak Arabic.

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