My Chequered Europe
‘A Europe of different languages, landscapes and cultures, all of which have retained their characters.’ Translated from the German by Charlotte Collins.
On Being French and Chinese
‘We were trapped in a sort of double prison: by poverty in Europe, and by China and its expectations of us.’
On High Heels and Lotus Feet
Summer Brennan on high heels, foot-binding, and our ongoing performances of gender.
On the Island of the Black River
William Atkins visits the remote island of Sakhalin, following in the footsteps of Anton Chekhov.
Our Home Is Mortal Too
Katherine Angel on Stromae and Royal Museum for Central Africa in Belgium.
Populism and Humour
‘As reality has grown more absurd, the job of satirists has grown harder.’
‘They reached Cúcuta at midday. All of them except the grandmother were hungry.’
The Girls and the Dogs
‘Maurice turns left, turns right, to loosen out the kinks in his neck. Images slice through him.’
The Main Thing Is to Keep the Front Garden Immaculate
An extract from Beton Rouge by Simone Buchholz, translated from the German by Rachel Ward.
The Silk Road
‘The choice of starting point wasn’t important; the important thing was to cycle through the same sequence of edges.’
The Tension of Transience
‘How unusual that April night had been, yet how normal it had seemed at the time’
The Way to the Sea
‘Alone in the silent dark, she traversed the mouth of the estuary in mile-long sweeps, making a little more progress up the river each time she turned. Wind and tide were pushing her away, back towards the sea.’
The Wind That Lays Waste
‘Leni’s last image of her mother is from the rear window of the car.’
The Zoo in Basel
‘To create is to let take over something which did not exist before and is therefore new.’
‘The me that was then / follows, watching from the dark / theatre of my skull.’
Visitors Rev. 4
‘I descend to confront – a visitor! After the jam? I think so. Or the gin.’
‘It is not informational, it is / not a blameshift, it is not / all-lives-matter top down and sideways blank.’