• Yan Lianke
    Yan Lianke: A Master of Sarcasm

    Independent Chinese PEN Center president Tienchi Martin-Liao profiles celebrated writer Yan Lianke. Longlisted for this year’s Man Booker International Prize, Yan is known to provoke and expose the CCP, despite official bans and censorship.

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    Ai Weiwei’s Havana

    Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo’s thoughts on the unofficial screening of the documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry at an independent cinema in Havana, Cuba, and of Walfrido López Rodríguez’s photography project inspired by Ai’s “Study of Perspective” series.

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    Philactosophers

    “Philactosophy” is Tarik Günersel’s neologism that means “love of action related to wisdom.” After the Declaration of Earth Civilization Project, he thinks about further steps.

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    Summer Bells by Jhortensia Espineta Osuna

    Author of the short story collection Zona de Exorcismo, Espineta Osuna takes refuge in an upper floor of one of the few tall buildings of Camagüey, Cuba. From there, with explosive silence, like a gladiator illuminated by her own letters, she has been writing a novel for years.

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    Jumping into an Empty Pool by Osdany Morales

    Author of two collections of short stories, Osdany Morales is one of the young Cuban writers that, through his many provocative intertextual connections, demonstrates a natural lucidity and playfulness. His work has been included in several short-story anthologies of recent Cuban literature.

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  • Shahid Mahmood
    Amplifying the Ludicrous

    Bina Shah speaks with Canadian-Pakistani political cartoonist Shahid Mahmood. His work has been censored in Pakistan and he has received death threats from the Taliban. Mahmood gained notoriety in 2004 when he was stopped from boarding a plane for appearing on a “no-fly”list.

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