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A Language of Figs
Sema Kaygusuz on the inheritances of genocide and historical memory, and what her own grandmother, a survivor of the Dersim Massacre in Turkey, taught her about life and language.
‘It was also mainly Viennese Jews who, between 6 May and 10 October 1942, were murdered in Maly Trostinets. Tens of thousands of Jews from elsewhere died there too, together with Soviet soldiers, Belarusian citizens, both Jewish and Christian, and partisans.’
Tom McCarthy | On Europe
‘Like theatre itself, Europe is a contraption, a machine.’
‘Was this an adventure or was I in trouble? At what point did one begin to shade into the other?’
The Poetics of Trauma
Swedish poet and psychoanalyst Ulf Karl Olov Nilsson on trauma, silence and linguistic analysis of asylum seekers. Translated from the Swedish by Peter Graves.
Squish Me Tender
‘I wasn’t sure if I was having an orgasm or evolving.’
An Online Reader
The seven must-read Rebecca Solnit essays.
Sophie Lewis | Notes on Craft
Sophie Lewis on the craft of translation.
‘What is the swarm of bees that enters a poem when language is created?’
Love After Abuse
Lucia Osborne-Crowley on the complexity of navigating sexuality while recovering from sexual abuse.
Nina Leger | Notes on Craft
‘To say nothing about her was the only way to allow her to be everything.’
Bookshelves: John Berger in My Family Album
‘The contours of the family arranged on the bookshelf shifted.’
Karen Olsson | Notes on Craft
Karen Olsson shares her notes on the craft of writing: ‘Every book is an unsolvable problem, and yet every time I convince myself I’m just on the verge of cracking it.’