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Brother in Ice

On the ice, time and space are almost impossible to measure. Yes, there might be the sun, but in winter it might not rise for long, if at all, and in summer it might not set for long, if at

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The Gurugu Pledge

The stories start long before they even try to cross the Mediterranean Sea. Telling them on the mountain takes time and trust. Sometimes it’s better to wait until the lights go out, but then the griots to get going: This

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Fleur Jaeggy’s Cat

Susan Sontag calls her savage, Josef Brodsky calls her extraordinary,  and the Paris Review calls her book downright lovely. There isn’t much one can add to that. Fleur Jaeggy’s latest collection, translated by Gini Alhadeff, is out next month and you

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The Proof

Mostly, I’m just really glad I’m not sixteen any more. The crushing insecurity then is exacerbated by 24/7 bullying on social media now – not to mention the knife crime, the violence, who’d want it? Marcia doesn’t seem to like it much

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this woman has the password to your relationship…

“It’s as though you had to know the password for our relationship.” Looks like Emmanuelle Pagano has got everyone’s password!  Translators Sophie Lewis and Jennifer Higgins have done sterling work on the files. And Other Stories has done it again with

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The Transmigration of Bodies

Having a book subscription can be a bit hit and miss. The new book can be fascinating, and just right for you, but does it land on your doormat when you’re ready to read it? This week, the right thing

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Lunatics, lovers and poets in translation

In honour of Shakespeare’s and Cervantes’ 400th anniversaries, twelve authors have written a new story inspired by their work – six each in English and Spanish – with an introduction by Salman Rushdie. As Rushdie points out, since England was still

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