Writer and lawyer Gowri Koneswaran spoke with Tamil poet R. Cheran for THE ALIGNIST about his writing, the current human rights situation in Sri Lanka, and an Amnesty International poetry contest on enforced disappearances in the country.
"CHILE ADMITS PABLO NERUDA MIGHT HAVE BEEN MURDERED BY PINOCHET REGIME," BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
"MICHAEL HOUELLEBECQ'S 'SUBMISSION,'" BY KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD
"SIX FRENCH FILMS THAT SPEAK TO THE IDENTITY OF THE NATION," BY WESLEY MORRIS AND A.O. SCOTT
"A STORIED BOOKSTORES AND ITS LATE ORACLE LEAVE AN IMPRINT ON ISLAMABAD," BY ROD NORDLAND
"FELLOW POETS PROTEST SAUDI DEATH SENTENCE FACING ASHRAF FAYADH," BY ALISON FLOOD
"FROGS," BY MO YAN
"THE MYSTERY OF PRIMO LEVY," BY TIM PARKS
"FOR OBAMA, A NEW SHOPPING HAUNT: UPSHUR STREET BOOKS," BY JULIET EILPERIN
"THINGS THAT CAN AND CANNOT BE SAID," ARUNDHATI ROY IN CONVERSATION WITH JOHN CUSACK
“Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there, not even poverty, nor sudden money, nor the moonlight, nor right and wrong nor the breathing of someone who lay beside you in the moonlight," Hemingway wrote in A Moveable Feast.
Jennifer Clement's latest novel, Prayers for the Stolen, maps the landscape of violence wrought on the people of Guerrero, Mexico by the drug wars and traces the story of some of its "stolen." THE ALIGNIST spoke with Clement about her response to the disappearance of 43 teaching students from the state last year and asked her how her work came to be one of social protest.
“It’s not really about a history of events. It’s a history of emotions." Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy Sara Danius said following the announcement of the award.
"A young black man, Henry Dumas, went through a turnstile at a New York City subway station," reads an invitation by Toni Morrison for a posthumous book-launch party she threw for Dumas in 1974, six years after he died. "A transit cop" — who was white — "shot him in the chest and killed him. Circumstances surrounding his death remain unclear. Before that happened, however, he had written some of the most beautiful, moving and profound poetry and fiction that I have ever in my life read."
After serving nearly all of a two year sentence for protesting without official permission, writer Omar Hazek has been released from prison with two novels in the works.
"U.S. TURNS TO 'ZERO DARK THIRTY' WRITER FOR ANTI-ISIS PROPAGANDA," BY ASAWIN SUEBSAENG
"STREET OF THIEVES BY MATHIAS ÉNARD REVIEW -- A GLIMPSE INTO THE TREMORS OF THE ARAB SPRING," BY LAILA LALAMI
"FROM GLOBE TO GLOBAL: A SHAKESPEARE VOYAGE AROUND THE WORLD," BY ANDREW DICKSON
"FINDING LOVE AND SELF-ACCEPTANCE 'UNDER THE UDALA TREES," ARUN RATH INTERVIEWS CHINELA OKPARANTA
"TA-NEHISI COATES TO WRITE BLACK PANTHER COMIC FOR MARVEL," BY GEORGE GENE GUSTINES
"BEAUTY IS A WOUND" BY EKA KURNIAWAN
"WHITE MALE POET USES CHINESE PSEUDONYM, BECOMES RACHEL DOLEZAL OF LITERATURE," BY LAUREN OYLER
"IN 'HOW TO BE A HEROINE,' LESSONS FROM A BRONTE AND OTHER BADASSES," BY LUCY SCHOLES
"THE FIRES THAT FORGED ICEBERG SLIM," BY ROBIN D.G. KELLEY
"THE BOY JIHADI," BY YOUSSEF RAKHA
"THE STARTLING POETRY OF A NEARLY FORGOTTEN JAPANESE MODERNIST," BY ADRIENNE RAPHEL
"NOVELIST AMY STEWARD TURNS 1914 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT INTO 'GIRL WAITS WITH GUN," STEVE INSKEEP INTERVIEWS AMY STEWART
"'I REGRET EVERYTHING,' TONI MORRISON LOOKS BACK ON HER PERSONAL LIFE," TERRY GROSS INTERVIEWS TONI MORRISON
"A 'LOST BOY' BATTLES AK-47S WITH EDUCATION," BY NICHOLAS KRISTOF
"BEN OKRI: BEYOND MYTH AND MAGIC," BY POROCHISTA KHAKPOUR
"SCENES FROM INSIDE ALEPPO: HOW LIFE HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED BY REBEL RULE," BY MARWAN HISHAM WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY MOLLY CRABAPPLE
"A KENYAN NOVELIST EXPLAINS WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S VISIT SIGNIFIES," YVONNE ADHIAMBO OWUOR TALKS TO RENEE MONTAGE
"BATTLE LINES: WANT TO UNDERSTAND THE JIHADIS? READ THEIR POETRY," By ROBYN CRESWELL AND BERNARD HAYKEL
"CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE: MY FATHER'S KIDNAPPING," BY CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE
"JUAN FELIPE HERRERA, POET LAUREATE WITH A WORKING-CLASS VOICE MEANT TO BE SPOKEN," BY DWIGHT GARNER
"7 POEMS THAT SHOW WHAT ITS LIKE TO BE A GIRL IN ETHIOPIA," BY JINA MOORE
"THE MEURSAULT INVESTIGATION REVIEW -- AN INSTANT CLASSIC," BY ROBIN YASSIN-KASSAB
"HOW E.L DOCTOROW MASTERED THE ART OF MELDING FACT WITH FICTION," BY ANNA CLARK
Following the release of Osama bin Laden's book list at his Abbottabad, Pakistan home, many took to Twitter to poke fun at the idea of the al-Qaeda leader's bookshelf by reworking the names of famous titles for a terrorist's proclivities.
Writers Nathalie Handal, Teju Cole, and Binyavanga Wainaina read from and discussed The Arrivants at an event at this year’s PEN America World Voices Festival.
"WRITING FROM A WAR ZONE DOESN'T MAKE YOU ANNE FRANK," BY FRANCINE PROSE
"REVIEW: 'WAR OF THE ENCYCLOPAEDISTS,' BY CHRISTOPHER ROBINSON AND GAVIN KOVITE," BY MICHIKO KAKUTANI
"CAROL: THE WOMEN BEHIND PATRICIA HIGHSMITH'S LESBIAN NOVEL," BY JILL DAWSON
"WELCOME TO THE DARK SIDE OF PERU," BY ALLEN BARRA
"A FATHER'S PROPHESY," BY WILLIAM STYRON
"OUR FRENCH CONNECTION," BY ROSECRANS BALDWIN
"THE DUNIAZAT," BY SALMAN RUSHDIE
"JANE AUSTEN INSPIRED MY ESCORT NAME," BY APRIL ADAMS
Baldwin's words have haunted me—not least because they have so often merited resurrecting amid months of stories so similar to that of James Powell's. They cried out, most recently, amid the unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray.
"[T]elling your stories is also a political act," the 22-year-old author of Baddawi told THE ALIGNIST. Leila Abdelrazaq began to explore her father's life because she felt that most people she encountered lacked a real understanding of what it meant to be a Palestinian refugee.
On the centennial of the start of the Armenian Genocide, THE ALIGNIST speaks with Armenian poet Lola Koundakjian about the poet’s role in documenting atrocity and growing up with the legacy of loss.
"LAGOS MUST PROSPER," BY ALEXIS OKEOWA
"IN BHUTTO'S 'CRESCENT MOON,' PAKISTAN DEMANDS A SACRIFICE FROM ITS PEOPLE" BY STEVE INSKEEP
"THE TIGER...AN INTERVIEW WITH WIN TIN," BY ELLEN WILES
"HOW ENGLISH RUINED INDIAN LITERATURE," BY AATISH TASEER
"APOLLO," BY CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE
"THE RADICAL VISION OF TONI MORRISON," BY RACHEL KAADZI GHANSAH
"SWEET SORROW AS STAR-CROSSED LOVERS IN SYRIA AND JORDAN CONNECT VIA SKYPE," BY PRETI TANEJA
"WRITER RETREATS TO A KABUL THAT LIVES ONLY IN HIS MEMORIES AND BOOKS," BY MUJIB MASHAL
Here are some selected stanzas and quotes to remember a preeminent writer who described himself as "the kidnapped memory" of Latin America, a "despised and beloved land."