• Venezuelan Protest Feb 15
    On Communism and Death

    “Now death is again laying waste to those who are youngest and most free. It’s happening in Venezuela, where the army is killing peaceful protesters in the streets.” Author Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo on the protests in Venezuela.

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  • Vuelvan Caras Venezuela War of Independence
    Ungovernable for Us: Part II

    A history of violence in Venezuela—bloodshed and cruelty, past and present. Venezuelan writer Israel Centeno continues his three part series exploring the roots of violence in Latin America, this week Centeno examines the Venezuelan War of Independence and ensuing civil war.

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  • Gun Violence Sign
    Ungovernable for Us: Part One

    ‘Violence unites us.’ In this week’s column Venezuelan writer Israel Centeno begins a three part series exploring the roots of violence in Latin America through its tumultuous history, important figures, and rich literature.

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  • Stefan Zweig
    The World of Yesterday

    “In one way or another, we’ve all been expelled from previous states and no one leaves their space without being condemned to diaspora.” Venezuelan author Israel Centeno on exile, refuge, and life on the outside.

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    Departure

    “Despite all sense of belonging and nationality, nobody can make you stay in a place that is dangerous and unfavorable to you.” Exiled writer Israel Centeno on the power of leaving and the pain of leaving Venezuela.

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  • Nu Nu Yi: The Writer, the Role Model, and the Bird
    Ten Most-Read Columns of 2013

    We look back at the most-read columns of 2013, featuring contributions from Tarik Günersel (Turkey), Bina Shah (Pakistan), Khet Mar (Burma), Israel Centeno (Venezuela), Hamdy el-Gazzar (Egypt), Tienchi Martin-Liao (China), Horacio Castellanos Moya (El Salvador), and Yaghoub Yadali (Iran).

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  • Saskatchewan Crossing
    Saskatchewan

    “Expatriation—waking up one morning startled by agoraphobia, sentenced and expelled with no possibility of return—has another name and, why not, another destination: Saskatchewan.” Israel Centeno on Richard Ford’s novel, Canada.

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  • Fernando Pessoa Collage
    Saudade, Hiraeth, and Hüzün

    Writer Israel Centeno’s ‘search to ascribe a tangible meaning to the oblique feeling that goes above and beyond simple nostalgia’ has led him to a close reading of Fernando Pessoa’s works and the stories of Venezuelan writer Enza García Arreaza.

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  • Hiraeth and Black Sand
    Black Sand and Hiraeth

    Continuing with his discussion on exile, writer Israel Centeno offers an examination of the word “hiraeth” – “that unattainable yearning felt for a person, figure, or even nation that probably never existed” – and a reading of Black Sand, a novel by Venezuelan author Juan Carlos Méndez Guedéz.

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