Marsman’s The Following Scan Will Last Five Minutes, translated from the Dutch by Sophie Collins, is a poetry and prose collection on the writer’s experience with cancer. She evokes the writings of Audre Lorde and Susan Sontag and strikes a balance in her own writing between the personal honesty of Lorde and the social considerations of Sontag.
Bujar moves across nationalities and genders, becoming a Bosnian student in Berlin, a Spanish actor in New York, or a Turkish singer in Helsinki. Haunting and original, Crossing is an evocative exploration of loneliness, belonging, and the boundaries of self-invention.
A stand-out debut poetry collection by a writer who has built a distinct voice, Tap Out paints a landscape of American life that is vivid in the small, mundane actions of the characters that inhabit it, and overwhelms with its sincerity.
Bindlestiff presents a post-apocalyptic-looking landscape that has seen the disintegration of the federal system and of the internet, along with the socio-economic structures that held the country together. But this post-apocalyptic image is just that – an image conjured by a script written by @waynex in the process of getting the Hollywood treatment.
The conditions that led to Zweig’s departure from Vienna and eventually Europe all too closely resemble the current climate. The amalgamation of rising xenophobia, Brexit, the rising popularity of the mildly-labelled “alt-right” in France, The Netherlands, Italy, and particularly in Poland and Hungary, would surely inspire the same feeling of despair in Zweig if he were living today.
The construction of the Self is historically situated and is a conscious re-creation of what Nietzsche calls our “second nature” making us “poets of our lives”. The focal point of The Man From Earth is John Oldman, a university professor who claims to be 14,000 years old and has stopped ageing after 35. He has met the Buddha, sailed with Christopher Columbus and been a dear friend of Van Gogh. How is such a Self constructed?
Based on John Grisham’s only non-fiction book, Netflix’s The Innocent Man takes a close look at two murders that took place in the 80s in Ada, Oklahoma. Each murder case was closed when the police obtained guilty confessions, with four men receiving sentences varying from life in prison to the death penalty. What followed was an ongoing reevaluation of the justice system.
Today there is cauliflower for dinner, washed and cut, white florets of boredom. Cauliflower was relief till it became an imposition. First grandmother and then mother-in-law told me how to cook it, as if the success of my marriage rested on the cauliflower.
I’ve been in bed for maybe an hour, asleep for just a few minutes I think. And then the scream. My stomach muscles tighten. It feels as though a short sharp blade has been inserted. I freeze but only for a couple of seconds. I need to move.
It was the summer of 1972. We had been in the habit of heading to the mountains for our summer holidays, but the Olympics were on, and half the world was going to Bavaria. So instead, Dad had decided to visit the relatives in the Zone.