World Fiction Special
October 2016
Issue: 
496

Fiction has entered a new era. Writers of novels and short stories are no longer writing only for their own nation or even for readers speaking their own language but are breaking national boundaries and reaching a worldwide audience. In the process authors from Africa, Asia and Latin America are winning greater prominence – and a new phenomenon identified as ‘world writing’ has emerged.

This issue of New Internationalist not only analyses these developments but also showcases four exquisite short stories as examples: ‘Fat’ by Krys Lee from South Korea; ‘In The Garden’ by FT Kola from South Africa; ‘Ghosts’ by the Cuban-American Ana Menéndez; and ‘The Lake Retba Murder’ by Efemia Chela from Zambia and Ghana.

Included in this issue

Country Profile: Honduras

Louisa Reynolds reports on the country, considered the most violent in the world outside a war zone.

Mixed Media: Books

The Caliphate, Red Ellen, Eve out of Her Ruins, and 'Migrant, refugee, smuggler, saviour' reviewed in this month's New...

Mixed Media: Music

Amerli by Refugees for Refugees and Anda by Melingo.

Mixed Media: Films

The Clan, directed and co-written by Pablo Trapero; Urban Hymn, directed by Michael Caton-Jones.

The Lake Retba Murder (Le Meurtre au Lac Rose)

Roberto comes across a body in the lake and feels compelled to investigate – but all his lover Mireille seems to want is sex....

Ghosts

The suicide of a Cuban immigrant to Florida calls up all kinds of phantoms for Anna, herself a migrant from the Czech Republic....

Fat

A young South Korean‘s attempts to avoid conscription by becoming obese cause uproar in his family. Written by Krys Lee.

Breaching the borders

Chris Brazier discusses the emergence of 'world writing' with Elleke Boehmer of Oxford University.

Worldbeaters: Rodrigo Duterte

The president of the Philippines he may be, but his reputation is as a Dirty Harry of vigilante politics.

In The Garden

A eunuch scribe at the ancient Egyptian court in Alexandria witnesses a pivotal moment in the life of his young princess,...

And finally... Toni Myers

Training astronauts to shoot film? All in a day's work for the Canadian documentary filmmaker, writes Cristiana Moisescu.

The sum of our disappointments

In Cairo, normality is something of a heroic enterprise, Maria Golia explains.

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