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5 Novels by Singaporean Writers You Should Read

As a Singaporean living abroad, something you lose count of is the number of times you’ve been asked about chewing gum. You explain for the nth time …

Books

Indonesia’s Red Slaughter

Before its destruction in 1965, the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI, in its Indonesian abbreviation) was the world’s third-largest communist party. …

Reclaiming Africa’s Stolen Histories Through Fiction

ARE WE ON the cusp of a new age of African literature? If so, the key to new novels from African writers seems to be the fresh use of historical …

Books

Plan Your Next Vacation with This Literary Map of the U.K.

Travel through the British Isles visiting the sites of your favorite booksAnglophile bookworms, rejoice: a British loan agency has for some reason …

Literature

46 Books By Women of Color to Read in 2018

Someday we’ll have a 46th president, but until then, here are 46 other things to look forward toI first wrote a list like this in February of 2017. …

PEN Translates awards showcase writers from seventeen countries

Books from seventeen countries and ten languages make up the latest round of PEN Translates award winners.<p>Books from seventeen countries and ten …

Books

Fleeing a Caribbean Plantation Into a Mythic Wilderness

<b>SLAVE OLD MAN</b><br>By Patrick Chamoiseau<br>Translated by Linda Coverdale<br>151 pp. The New Press. $19.99.<p>The myth of Daphne and Apollo has an entrancing New World counterpart in Patrick Chamoiseau’s “Slave Old Man,” the tale of a plantation fugitive who disappears into the “forestine soul” of colonial …

Books

'Dark history is good for literature'—Bongani Kona chats to Argentine author Mariana Enriquez about her English debut, Things We Lost in the Fire

<i>Mariana Enríquez, a writer and editor based in Buenos Aires, will be at the Open Book Festival in Cape Town in September. She is the author of two</i> …

Literature

The Best Female Chinese Novelist You Haven't Heard Of

Xiao Hong's MA BO'LE'S SECOND LIFE Available Now Xiao Hong created a legacy of eleven books . . . that easily qualify her as one of the major Chinese …

China

Sayaka Murata’s Eerie “Convenience Store Woman” Is a Love Story Between a Misfit and a Store

In our dark late-capitalist hypnosis, convenience might carry a whiff of moral virtue. It suggests thrift, accommodation, helpfulness. Women—the “nice lady” behind the counter, the diligent wife—provide convenience. So do Japan’s convenience stores, which resemble Walmarts or Rite Aids, except that …

Love Stories

This Is The World’s Oldest Hotel, And Here’s How It Looks Inside

What does the collapse of the Berlin wall have in common with the establishment of the Kingdom of England? They’re both younger than the Nishiyama …

Japan

The Mushroom at the End of the World

Matsutake is the most valuable mushroom in the world--and a weed that grows in human-disturbed forests across the northern hemisphere. Through its …

INFOGRAPHIC: A Global Tour of Literature

Looking to globalize your reading pile? This nifty infographic from Books on the Wall can help you travel the world through literature. Don’t know …

8 Crime Novels Of Women Starting Over - Crime Fiction as a Safe Space to Imagine Change

I got divorced in 2013. We’d been married for twelve years and together for twenty total, which meant I was losing the person I had been with for …

Louisiana’s panoply of paddling adventures

<i>Unlike most states, which make do with one nickname, Louisiana goes by many. To name a few: the Bayou State, the Creole State, the Sugar State, and</i> …

16 Photos that Prove Germany's Natural Wonders are the Most Beautiful in Spring

Much of Germany is composed of mesmerizing landscapes, whether it’s the white chalk cliffs on Rügen Island or the massive peaks of the Alps near …

A $1,000 Day in Berlin for $100

In November 1989, Potsdamer Platz was known as the “death strip” — a wasteland between the two parts of the Berlin Wall. But after the wall fell, Potsdamer became a major site of celebration and reunification. Today, old graffiti-tagged slabs stand as harmless relics, and the long scar of the …

Germany

The Millions

And the Best Translated Book Award for the year's best literature in translation go to... …

African Literary Festivals you can attend in 2018

Here is a list of African literary festivals you can attend in 2018.<p>2017 promised and delivered to literary feast of festivals in all corners of the …

Festivals

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10 Hidden Gems You Can Only See in Japan

Photo: Shutterstock<p>Iyakei Valley<p>Iyakei Valley is one of Japan’s best-kept secrets, but don’t expect it to stay that way for long. This remote area in …

22 Cities Around the World Best Explored by Bicycle

This movie about a 1300-year-old family business is the most sublime thing you'll see today

Built in 718 AD, Hōshi is the second oldest ryokan (hotel or inn) in the world and, with 46 consecutive generations of the same family running it, is …

Going Inward: A Guide to Japan’s Temple Lodgings for Travelers Seeking Solitude

Courtesy of Shunkoin Temple<p>In northwest Kyoto, Shunkoin offers everything from Zen meditiation classes to Wi-Fi.<p>Peaceful accommodations for spiritual …

Japan

Naivo's Beyond The Rice Fields Is the First Novel from Madagascar to be Translated into English

Naivo.<p>The opening up of the African literary scene—the inter-lingual communion of its Indigenous, Anglophone, Francophone, and Lusophone …

Nigeria has produced some of the world’s best authors—so why is its reading culture so poor?

Back in February, Nigeria’s Guaranty Trust Bank announced the launch of The Dusty Manuscript, a contest for Nigerian crime and romance fiction writers with finished but unpublished novels.<p>The top three authors from the contest will get a publishing contract with Kachifo, one of the country’s …

Writing

The next Elena Ferrante? The best European fiction coming your way

France was built by people from all over the world. To forget that is to forget what it is to be French<p>If I had been able to talk to my mum, there wouldn’t have been that irresistible desire to write in order to understand<p>Aramburu has become a key player in a battle to control the narrative about …

Books

The Man Booker International Prize 2018

Man Booker Prize

The 10 Most Beautiful National Parks in Japan

Japan is home to dozens of national parks and a wide range of habitats, from tropical beaches and active volcanoes to ancient forests and crater …

The 16 Most Beautiful Places in Japan You Didn't Know Existed

Mount Koya<p>Mount Koya | © Kazue Asano/Flickr<p>Mount Koya is the spiritual home of Shingon Buddhism, a sect founded more than 1,200 years ago by one of …