A South Africa Event on 2016-01-21 17:00:00
Refugees. Repression. Resistance. Behind the endless conflicts on TV and social media, ordinary people struggle with universal issues: love, work, family, community. From this turmoil comes some of the world’s best writing. Led by author and teacher Carol Verburg, we’ll explore four non-Western countries from the inside, guided by their writers. Each month, we’ll look through the eyes of native authors at a different country where people have lived for thousands of years, in conflict and peace. We’ll hear how the people who dwell in these geographies think about their identities, their homelands, their traditions of storytelling, each other, and us. This group will focus on contemporary short stories and essays by some of the world’s most highly regarded writers, as well as a featuring a few TED talks and novels. Thursday, January 21: Turkey Yashar Kemal: “A Dirty Story” from Anatolian Tales – Orhan Pamuk: “A Guide to Being Mediterranean” and “Anger of the Damned” from Other Colors – Elif Shafak: pp. 5-16 of Honor Thursday, February 18: Nigeria Wole Soyinka: “Nigerian Childhood” from Ake – Chinua Achebe: “The Song of Ourselves” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: “A Personal Experience” from The Thing Around Your Neck Thursday, March 17: South Africa Es’kia Mphahlele: “African Literature: What Tradition? – Nadine Gordimer: “Where Do Whites Fit In?” – Zoe Wicomb: “N2” from The One That Got Away Thursday, April 14: Iraq Hassan Blasim: “A Thousand and One Knives” from The Corpse Exhibition – Sinan Antoon: excerpt from I’jaam – Samira Al-Mana: “The Soul” and Mahmoud Saeed: “A Figure in Repose” from Contemporary Iraqi Fiction Carol Verburg is the author of prize-winning plays, mysteries, and international anthologies including Making Contact and Ourselves Among Others.
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