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.
October 2016, Issue 496
Each month we publish some of the best stories from New Internationalist magazine.
Chris Brazier discusses the emergence of 'world writing' with Elleke Boehmer of Oxford University.
The suicide of a Cuban immigrant to Florida calls up all kinds of phantoms for Anna, herself a migrant from the Czech Republic. By Ana Menéndez.
A eunuch scribe at the ancient Egyptian court in Alexandria witnesses a pivotal moment in the life of his young princess, Cleopatra. Written by FT Kola.
Roberto comes across a body in the lake and feels compelled to investigate – but all his lover Mireille seems to want is sex. Written by Efemia Chela.
A young South Korean‘s attempts to avoid conscription by becoming obese cause uproar in his family. Written by Krys Lee.
New Internationalist’s world fiction titles.
The former US Secretary of State endorsed human rights violations in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Argentina, yet Hillary Clinton calls him 'a friend', writes Mark Engler.
When the news seems ridiculous and shocking, we need competence to fill faith gap it creates, writes Chris Coltrane.
In Cairo, normality is something of a heroic enterprise, Maria Golia explains.
Louisa Reynolds reports on the country, considered the most violent in the world outside a war zone.
The Clan, directed and co-written by Pablo Trapero; Urban Hymn, directed by Michael Caton-Jones.
Amerli by Refugees for Refugees and Anda by Melingo.
The Caliphate, Red Ellen, Eve out of Her Ruins, and 'Migrant, refugee, smuggler, saviour' reviewed in this month's New Internationalist magazine.
The latest Polyp cartoon, from October's New Internationalist magazine.
The president of the Philippines he may be, but his reputation is as a Dirty Harry of vigilante politics.
Training astronauts to shoot film? All in a day's work for the Canadian documentary filmmaker, writes Cristiana Moisescu.
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