Transnational Literature https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace <p>To view the full journal, past issues and to see our submission guidelines, please visit <a href="https://transnationalliterature.org/">https://transnationalliterature.org/</a></p> en-US Transnational Literature 1836-4845 Plan B Audio by Jane Joritz-Nakagawa (Isobar Press, Tokyo & London, 2020) Reviewed by Pam Brown https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/239 Pam Brown Copyright (c) 2021 Pam Brown https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 Scatterlings by Rešoketšwe Manenzhe (Jacana Media, Johannesburg, 2020) Reviewed by Kristien Potgieter https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/262 Kristien Potgieter Copyright (c) 2021 Kristien Potgieter https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya (ECW Press, Toronto, 2020) Reviewed By Asma Sayed and Jacqueline Walker https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/241 <p>Book Review of Vivek Shraya's The Subtweet&nbsp;</p> Asma Sayed Jacqueline Walker Copyright (c) 2021 Asma Sayed, Jacqueline Walker https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 Lightseekers by Femi Kayode (Mulholland Books, New York, 2021) Reviewed by Saliha Haddad https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/260 Saliha Haddad Copyright (c) 2021 Saliha Haddad https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 I Don't Expect Anyone to Believe me by Juan Pablo Villalobos (And Other Stories, Sheffield, 2020). Reviewed by Jayne Marshall https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/261 Jayne Marshall Copyright (c) 2021 Jayne Marshall https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 Are We Here Just For Saying? https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/218 <p><strong>Are we here just for saying? </strong>is a lyrical essay in the form of a memoir. It follows a regular bike ride along a river through the seasons of the year and of a life, the cycles of the sun, as the rider wonders what names to call things by, taking a hint from Rilke about why we are here as creatures of language.</p> Nicholas Jose Copyright (c) 2021 Nicholas Jose https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 Bordering Heritage https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/157 <p>An autobiographical interrogation of multiple heritages at a conference on the Irish border.</p> Dan O'Carroll Copyright (c) 2021 Dan O'Carroll https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 Learning To Bake https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/155 <p>An artist, in touch with his father only through phonecalls, contemplates his care.</p> Janhavi Acharekar Copyright (c) 2021 Janhavi Acharekar https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 Passport Control https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/156 <p>Questions at an airport Passport Control lead to an interesting encounter.</p> Nudrat Siddiqui Copyright (c) 2021 Nudrat Siddiqui https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 The Crossing https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/211 <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An extract from a coming of age novel Bed, Table, Door forthcoming from Wrecking Ball Press, UK in 2022 </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">about </span><strong>a Hungarian couple, Sofie and Samu,</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> who escape from socialist Hungary to England during the Thatcher era. </span></p> Csilla Toldy Copyright (c) 2021 Csilla Toldy https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 Westward Ho! https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/196 <p><strong><em>Abstract</em></strong></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Annemarie Schwarzenbach was a Swiss writer, photographer and traveller who visited the Middle East and Persia several times in the mid-nineteen-thirties. In an attempt to free herself from morphine addiction, she left Geneva in June 1939 with fellow Swiss traveller Ella Maillart, the two women driving overland to Afghanistan. They parted company in Kabul, met again briefly in India from where Schwarzenbach travelled back by steamship to Genoa. War had broken out, she was restless, addicted, and unsure where her life was heading. After a short stay in Switzerland, she was back in Genoa and caught the steamship </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Manhattan</span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> bound for New York, where her friends Erika and Klaus Mann were in exile, and where she would meet the young writer Carson McCullers. Written on board the </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Manhattan</span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, this short text illustrates Schwarzenbach’s wandering spirit, her trustafarian, romantic view of Asia, as well as her lyrical gift. In New York her addiction and disorientation took a turn for the worse, she was committed to Bellevue psychiatric clinic and eventually expelled from the United States. She died in Switzerland in November 1942, from injuries sustained in a fall from her bicycle. Schwarzenbach’s photos were the subject of a major exhibition in the Klee Center in Bern in September 2020.</span></em></p> Padraig Rooney Copyright (c) 2021 Padraig Rooney https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 Casteism https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/200 <p>It is a short story about how casteism is inherent in our contemporary Indian society.</p> <p>[Translated by Somdatta Mandal from the original Bangla story “Barnabad” by Manoranjan Byapari]</p> SOMDATTA Mandal Copyright (c) 2021 SOMDATTA Mandal https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 Water Thy Shadow https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/220 <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">From the confines of a North London bedsit, Boka embarks on a journey to find a job and escape his mother’s hold on the future, the same grip she held on his late brother’s life. </span></p> Isaac Oine Ugbabe Copyright (c) 2021 Isaac Oine Ugbabe https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 Black Pelican https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/212 <p>An extract from, Black Pelican, a memoir reflecting a Third Culture upbringing in the Middle East, Nigeria and the West.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></p> Catherine Okoronkwo Copyright (c) 2021 Catherine Okoronkwo https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 Rows of Lavender https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/206 <p>The narrative of <em>Rows of Lavender </em>centres around Hani, a young Somali woman, and reflects the inhuman conditions of detention centres in Malta which are unhygienic and lack access to mental health care. It also explores the concept of migration, reaching the wrong destination and adapting to a new culture. </p> <p> </p> Amber Duivenvoorden Copyright (c) 2021 Amber Duivenvoorden https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 Letting Go: A Prayer https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/237 <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Letting Go: A Prayer</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> explores the challenges of being a young Muslim in Britain. Written in reference to ongoing human rights abuses in China, the narrative considers the impact of international atrocities on youth at home, and the effect of pervading feelings of threat and physical violence on similar-looking bodies. The story is told through the perspective of a single mother preparing her son for the future, and it considers racial trauma, loneliness, and familial love.</span></p> Misbah Ahmed Copyright (c) 2021 Misbah Ahmed https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 Kenyan Poetry Section : Intro https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/263 Ngwatilo Mawiyoo Copyright (c) 2021 Ngwatilo Mawiyoo https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-18 2021-10-18 13 1 Kenyan Poetry Section https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/258 <p>Poems from 4 Kenyan poets.&nbsp;</p> Ngwatilo Mawiyoo Michelle K Angwenyi Bethuel Muthee Alexis Teyie Copyright (c) 2021 Ngwatilo Mawiyoo, Alexis Teyie, Michelle K. Angwenyi, Bethuel Muthee https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 Featured poet - Len Verwey https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/259 Len Verway Copyright (c) 2021 Len Verway https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 A Bible Story https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/246 <p>Poem about inter-racial relationships</p> Angela Costi Copyright (c) 2021 Angela Costi https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-18 2021-10-18 13 1 Ferienhaus Kaapes, Holsthum https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/253 <p>Poem about loss</p> John Glenday Copyright (c) 2021 John Glenday https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 Anachronistic Translations https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/254 Joshua Ip Copyright (c) 2021 Joshua Ip https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 Grains of Memories https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/251 <p>Poem about homesickness</p> Ngoi Hui Chien Copyright (c) 2021 Ngoi Hui Chien https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 Succession Planning, Northern Rivers, Australia, January 2020 https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/243 <p>Poem about the 2020 Australian bushfires.</p> Rosanna Licari Copyright (c) 2021 Rosanna Licari https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-18 2021-10-18 13 1 The Larger World https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/257 <p>Poem about Bermudan history/ global warming</p> Nancy Anne Miller Copyright (c) 2021 Nancy Anne Miller https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 The Daily Haiku: Where Time Zones Collide https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/294 <p>Amanda White introduces the project, The Daily Haiku and charts its success across the globe.</p> Amanda White Copyright (c) 2021 Amanda White https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 The Daily Haiku: Where Time Zones Collide https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/286 <p>A conversation between Helene Guojah and The Great Margin, including some of Guojah's haiku written as part of The Daily Haiku project.</p> Helene Guojah Copyright (c) 2021 Helene Guojah https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 The Daily Haiku: Where Time Zones Collide https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/288 <p>A conversation between Eric McLachlan and The Great Margin, including some of McLachlan's haiku written as part of The Daily Haiku project.</p> Eric McLachlan Copyright (c) 2021 Eric McLachlan https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-18 2021-10-18 13 1 The Daily Haiku: Where Time Zones Collide https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/290 <p>A conversation between Amita Paul and The Great Margin, including some of Paul's haiku written as part of The Daily Haiku project.</p> Amita Paul Copyright (c) 2021 Amita Paul https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 The Daily Haiku: Where Time Zones Collide https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/289 <p>A conversation between Cathryn Stone and The Great Margin, including some of Stone's haiku written as part of The Daily Haiku project.</p> Cathryn Stone Copyright (c) 2021 Cathryn Stone https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 The Daily Haiku: Where Time Zones Collide https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/285 <p>A conversation between Neetu Malik and The Great Margin, including some of Malik's haiku written as part of The Daily Haiku project.</p> Neetu Malik Copyright (c) 2021 Neetu Malik https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 The Daily Haiku: Where Time Zones Collide https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/291 <p>A conversation between Elizabeth Tunstall and The Great Margin, including some of Tunstall's haiku written as part of The Daily Haiku project.</p> Elizabeth Tunstall Copyright (c) 2021 Elizabeth Tunstall https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 “Third Culture Kids”: Detachment, Adolescence, and Yann Martel’s Self https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/210 <p>This interdisciplinary paper uses Third Culture studies (drawn from the social sciences) in tandem with literary analysis of Canadian/ Third Culture Yann Martel’s first novel <em>Self</em> (1996) to argue that Martel’s work exemplifies both the international freedoms of Third Culture individuals and the psychology of Third Culture itself, which is, as I suggest here, seemingly stuck in an adolescent phase of identity-formation. Third Culture tends to connote expatriate privilege, including the ability to cross borders at will with an ease other types of dislocated populations do not enjoy. Literary analysis allows me to reconsider Martel’s novel and fruitfully intervene in scholarship addressing the vexed internationalism expressed in it. &nbsp;I also further the scholarship on Third Culture, especially as it engages with the interaction between rootlessness and privilege, and with the possibility that internationally disrupted adolescence renders national commitments permanently unstable.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Antje Rauwerda Copyright (c) 2021 Antje Rauwerda https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1 Transnational Writing to Aminatta Forna https://www.transnationallitsubmissions.org/index.php/trace/article/view/224 <p>I was fascinated by Aminatta Forna’s keynote speech at the conference <em>Transnational Literature and Writing: Follow the Sun.</em> This creative-critical and personal letter addressed to Aminatta Forna is a response to her keynote speech about the transnational writer.</p> Jessica Sanfilippo-Schulz Copyright (c) 2021 Jessica Sanfilippo-Schulz https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 2021-10-14 2021-10-14 13 1