Toni Morrison Passes

The doyenne of American fiction, letters, and culture, writer of several prize-winning novels, passed away after a brief illness. ISSUES • Transition, Literature PLACE • New York City, USA DATE • August 5, 2019 BODY • Family of Toni Morrison and Random House ISSUES • Transition, Literature PLACE • New York...

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Nganang Arrêté

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Accusé d’« outrage au chef de l’Etat », Patrice Nganang, camerounais, professeur de la littérature comparée, reste en prison. DOUALA, CAMEROUN — Un jour après avoir publié le 5 décembre un « Carnet de route en (zone) dite anglophone » sur le site de l’hebdomadaire Jeune Afrique, Patrice Nganang,...

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Gabo’s Digital Archive

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University of Texas has done a considerable public service in digitizing, cataloguing, and making available the papers of Gabriel García Márquez. AUSTIN, TEXAS — When the University of Texas acquired the personal papers of Gabriel García Márquez, soon after his death three years ago, many in his home country...

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Buchi Emecheta Passes

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Fiction and literature lose a trenchant and influential chronicler of the Nigerian, female and human condition in Buchi Emecheta. LONDON, ENGLAND — The world of African, diaspora, and feminist letters mourns the passing of Buchi Emecheta, the Nigerian female author of more than 20 books, including, most notably, Second...

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Rose-Innes’ ‘Nineveh’

Henrietta Rose-Innes offers a “gripping, thrilling allegory of a troubled nation” and a “wounded love for her country,” South Africa. Genre: Books, Fiction. Full Title: Nineveh. Author: Henrietta Rose-Innes, award-winning South African writer, author of Homing, and the novels Green Lion, Shark’s Egg and The Rock Alphabet. Publisher: Unnamed Press. Place:...

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Zadie Smith’s ‘Swing Time’

Zadie Smith presents a fluid meditation, via a cross-racial relationship between two female protagonists, on race, class, geopolitics, dance, storytelling, history. Genre: Books, Fiction. Full Title: Swing Time. Author: Zadie Smith, multi-award-winning British novelist, essayist, and short-story writer, author of White Teeth and On Beauty. Publisher: Penguin Random House. Place: New...

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‘Prose of the World’

Saikat Majumdar examines how the affective experience of colonialism shaped the aesthetics we now see as hallmarks of modernism, fiction particularly. Genre: Books, Scholarship. Full Title: Prose of the World: Modernism and the Banality of Empire. Author: Saikat Majumdar, Assistant Professor of English at Stanford University. Publisher: Columbia University Press. Place: New York,...

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Hoyos’ ‘Beyond Bolaño’

Hector Hoyos challenges world literature as a homogenizing literary endeavor, focusing on how globalizing Latin American authors innovated aspects of form, voice, perspective, representation. Genre: Books, Scholarship. Full Title:  Beyond Bolaño: The Global Latin American Novel. Author: Hector Hoyos, Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at Stanford University. Publisher: Columbia University...

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