Photographer Michael Collins on his mother’s life following a series of strokes.
‘However, there are countries with an almost secret culinary culture, unknown to the immense majority of the world.’
‘Ever since this happened to me, I haven’t really believed in free will.’
‘A pale-faced, near-sighted urbanite like me is nothing less than handicapped in the heart of the jungle.’
‘I wonder sometimes when this cycle of violence began. When was year zero?’
‘How to explain this resolve to write, this firm unwavering intent to become a writer on the part of someone who may not even really care for books?’
Mona Abouissa on her experiences with Egyptian communists, and the role they played in Egypt before 1952, when they were excised from official history.
‘I left Sudan in 1987 – I was 23 years old and the idea of writing was the furthest thing from my mind.’
‘We all have ways of placing markers on our lives.’
‘You hear Benjamin Pell long before you see him.’
Sulaiman Addonia on the slow process of rediscovering the beauty of black skin after moving to Saudi Arabia as a child.
Sulaiman Addonia on how Edgar Degas’s nude portraits inspired his latest novel, Silence Is My Mother Tongue.
‘I like to think now that he knew how much I liked him, from the beginning, and that we were both equal participants in the ritual.’
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