In Grandmothers’ Archipelago: an Interview with Sjon

October 25, 2010

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By Lucy Popescu of Words Without Borders LP: You like to weave folk tales into your fiction? Why? S: Folk tales and folk beliefs are told and kept alive by those who have no power in society and therefore provide you with the “unofficial” version of how it is to exist in a certain place […]

Pop Idols

October 24, 2010

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An article by Kamila Shamsie of Granta on pop music in Pakistan. Watching the video of ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’ (‘Heart,Heart, Pakistan’ or ‘My Heart Beats for Pakistan’) today, I’m struck by the void that must have existed to make pretty boys singing patriotic pop appear subversive. In a bid to circumvent growing restrictions, TV producer Shoaib […]

‘Future post-History’ in Sarajevo

October 24, 2010

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An article by Sarah from Cafe Turco on an exhibition by Bosnian artist Braco Dimitrijevic The exhibition is composed of different elements: on the building’s façade, a portrait of a casual passer-by, on the main hall an installation composed of three boats which instead of sails have giant portraits of iconic figures, and on the […]

The National Language

October 24, 2010

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An interview with Uzma Aslam Khan and Aamer Hussein by Ollie Brock from Granta Who, in your view, is the single greatest writer in Urdu (living or dead)? It’s Urdu poetry that I love best, more than Urdu prose. (And more than poetry in English, which, with a few exceptions, lacks the immediacy with which […]

Welcome to Culture Seyahatname

October 24, 2010

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