Issue 496 of New Internationalist
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World Fiction Special
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.
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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....
The suicide of a Cuban immigrant to Florida calls up all kinds of phantoms for Anna, herself a migrant from the Czech Republic....
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.