Exile

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The Queens Bohemian: Johannes Urzidil’s The Last Bell by Elina Alter
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Fiction in search of a vanished homeland

Norman Manea by Morten Høi Jensen
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“You heard everywhere talk of the end of ideology, the end of history—what end? If people are alive, there is no end.”

Tomi Ungerer by Natalie Frank
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“It’s so important to make your own little specks of peace around you. It’s a matter of being an idiot.”

Edwidge Danticat by Garnette Cadogan
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Claire of the Sea Light and the mysteries the ancestors share.

Christa Wolf’s City of Angels or, The Overcoat of Dr. Freud by ​Larissa Zimberoff
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Imagine that the place you call home is no more, not just your house or apartment, but the entirety of your surroundings, including ideological ones. What if borders that were once maintained by thick concrete slabs and barbed wire suddenly disappeared?

The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus

We left on a school day, so Esther wouldn’t see us.

Mercè Rodoreda’s Death in Spring by Katherine Elaine Sanders

Open Letter, 2009

Mercè Rodoreda (1908–1983), often acclaimed as the greatest modern Catalan author, worked as a seamstress and wrote novels while in exile in France and Switzerland for over 20 years during Franco’s regime. 

Traveling Fools by Ana Menéndez

This First Proof contains the short story “Traveling Fools.”

Sensini by Roberto Bolaño

The way in which my friendship with Sensini developed was somewhat unusual. 

Three Poems by Paul Laraque
Nuruddin Farah by Kwame Anthony Appiah

I can’t remember where I first met Nuruddin Farah, but it was at some sort of conference. 

Five Poems by Raúl Gómez Jattin
Antonio Benítez-Rojo by Robert Antoni
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Cuban writer Antonio Benítez-Rojo is best known for his monumental study The Repeating Island: The Caribbean and the Postmodern Perspective (1989). 

Mahmoud Darwish by Raja Shehadeh
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Mahmoud Darwish was the 2001 winner of the Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom. He is considered one of the foremost poets of the Arab world. 

Three Poems by Virgil Suárez

This First Proof contains three poems by Virgil Suárez.

Dubravka Ugrešić by Svetlana Boym
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I met Dubravka Ugrešić in 1996 at an orientation session at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College, where we were asked to sit in a close circle and tell our life stories in front of perfect strangers.

The Dance of the Hippos by Mempo Giardinelli

Mempo Giardinelli and I read together last year at Harbourfront in Toronto. Giardinelli’s ready humor and warmth belie the ten difficult years he lived in exile from his home, Argentina—especially from his birthplace, Resistencia, in the Chaco.

Claribel Alegría by Daniel Flores y Ascencio
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Claribel Alegría is one of the foremost poets of Central America. A supporter of the Sandinistas and mentor to the young intellectuals drawn to Managua during that period, she has published over 40 books of poetry, fiction and testimony.

Martin Sherman by Sander Hicks
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Martin Sherman’s Bent played on Broadway in 1979. Since then, the playwright had been living in London. In 1998, with A Madhouse in Goa and the film version of Bent, Sherman returned to the States with a vengeance.

Li-Young Lee by James Lee
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What took three nights to write and five years to prepare for, Li-Young Lee’s memoir The Winged Seed: A Remembrance takes poetic thought and language to a whole new level.

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