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Joburg

Ivan Vladislavić

‘When a house has been alarmed, it becomes explosive.’

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Wrestling with Translation

Jeffrey Yang

‘As I embarked on my adventure I immediately started to feel that old hatred for simplified Chinese characters.’

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The Aesthetics of Resistance

Peter Weiss

‘His whole life, he had declared while still at work on this painting, was nothing less than a continual struggle against the backwardness of thought and the killing of art.’

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Searching for Pavese

Alejandro Zambra

‘Something’s gone awry with this article. My intention was to remember, in his birthplace, a writer I admire, and it’s clear that my admiration has waned.’

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In Gikuyu, for Gikuyu, of Gikuyu

Binyavanga Wainaina

‘My first name, Binyavanga, has always been a sort of barometer of public mood.’

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Barrenland

A Yi

‘I no longer feared that she would entrap me; my heart would not soften.’

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Liberation Day

Christa Wolf

‘The world stubbornly refused to end and we were not prepared to cope with a world that refused to end.’

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Self-Consciousness: Memoirs by John Updike

Edmund White

‘The freedom conferred by masks. Children and current wives cannot blame you for what your characters do and say.’

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The Last Eighteen Drops

Vitali Vitaliev

‘Drinking vodka is just a memory for me now. Vodka was hurting me .’

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One Ridge Over

Josh Weil

‘Some mornings I see him coming up through the mist. The grey shape of a long-haired man carrying a long-barreled gun amid the bare grey branches of the old apple trees.’

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The Art of Moving On

David Ulin

‘This felt like the moment New York disappeared for me.’

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Naples is Closed

Barry Unsworth

‘Naples had always been high on the list of places I wanted to visit‘.

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Shrinks

Edmund White

‘Self-doubt, which is a cousin to self-hatred, became my constant companion.’

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My First European

Edmund White

‘I belong to the last generation of Americans obsessed with Europe and intimidated by it.’