Dictatorships

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Documenting Syria: Alaa Hassan Interviewed by Julia Meltzer
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“It is the photographer’s responsibility to avoid misunderstandings.”

Patricia Esquivias by Manuela Moscoso
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By engaging in storytelling, Patricia Esquivias utilizes narrations to re-signify situations and events filtered through her own individual and particular viewpoints.

Tomás Harris’s Cipango by Daniel Borzutzky
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Written mostly in the late Pinochet years, Cipango’s four interconnected books address the terror of these times in a back-alley tour through the tough streets of Concepción. 

Junot Díaz by Edwidge Danticat
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If Marvel Comics had gotten around to it, Oscar Wao would have been a hero. As it is, Junot Díaz stepped in and made him one first.

Eduardo Galeano by Jaime Manrique
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My mind reeling after reading Eduard Galeano’s new volume Upside Down, I prepared a questionnaire of 23 topics that I wanted to discuss with him. Nervous to be interviewing a man whose audacious thinking dazzles like fireworks, I went to meet the Uruguayan author at the hotel where he was staying during his recent visit to Manhattan.

Diamela Eltit by Julio Ortega
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Eltit’s novels are radical projects that dispute the public space, the national interpretation and the role of genres under authoritarian conditions. 

Javier Marías by Paul Ingendaay
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“Unlike philosophical thinking, which demands an argument without logical flaws and contradictions, literary thinking allows you to contradict yourself. A character within a book can say two totally contradictory things, yet both can be true. Shakespeare does that all the time.”

Ariel Dorfman by Jenifer Berman
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Writer Ariel Dorfman addresses his pan-American past, the threshold of insanity, and the literary stakes of exile.

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