Episode 126: International Literature

What can international literature teach us about our collective past, present and future in these chaotic times? In the latest GrottoPod Gabfest, producer and Grotto fellow Rita Chang-Eppig talks to Jesus Francisco Sierra, Mathangi Subramanian and Olga Zilberbourg about the appeal of international literature, its necessity in our increasingly connected world, and our favorite authors and books, including Akram Aylisli’s Farewell, Aylis! (translated by Katherine E. Young), Perumal Murugan’s One Part Woman, Wendy Guerra’s Revolution Sunday (translated by Achy Obejas), and Yoko Ogawa’s Revenge (translated by Stephen Snyder). Over the course of the conversation, our guests briefly touched on a number of other books, including:Look at Him by Anna Starobinets, translated by Katherine E. YoungA Life at Noon by Talasbek Asemkulov, translated by Shelley Fairweather-Vega The Gypsy Goddess, When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife, and Exquisite Cadavers, all by Meena Kandasamy.Ghachar Ghochar, by Vivek ShanbhagMy Life in Trans Activism and The Truth About Me: A Hijra Life Story by A. RevathiWomen Without Men by Sharhnush ParsipurLeonardo Padura: The Man Who Loved Dogs, Heretics, Havana Gold, Havana Black, Havana Blue, Havana RedGuillermo Cabrera Infante: Infante’s Inferno, Three Trapped TigersRoberto Bolano: By Night In Chile, The Third Reich, Amulet, The Skating RinkCelebrate International Day of the Book (April 23) by dipping into some of these titles!
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