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‘The Best Asian Short Stories, 2017’ from Kitaab

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The stories in this anthology by Asia’s best known and well-respected contemporary writers and promising new voices, offer fresh insights into the experience of being Asian. They transcend borders and social and political divisions within which they arise. While drawing us into the lives of people and the places where they come from, they raise uneasy questions and probe ambiguities.

Explore Asia through these tales of the profound, the absurd, the chilling, and of moments of epiphany or catharsis. Women probe their own identities through gaps between social blinkers and shackles. A young Syrian mother flees from war-ravaged Aleppo into a more fearsome hell. The cataclysmic Partition of India and its aftershocks; life and death in a no-man’s land between two countries; ethnic groups forced into exile; are all part of the wider Asian experience.

Life flows on in the pauses between cataclysms, bringing hope. Fragile dreams spread rainbow wings through the struggle to succeed socially, earn a living, produce an heir, and try to grasp at fleeting joys and love. These symphonies of style and emotions sweep across Asia – from Jordan and Syria to Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Japan and Korea. Crafted with love, they continue to resonate after the last page.

As editor Moniddepa Sahu says, these stories come ‘from the heart of Asia, not from the Western perspective trying to make sense of the quaint and the exotic. The home-grown Asian identity runs as a strong undercurrent, with no need to explain and offer apologetic footnotes.’

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Call for submissions for an upcoming anthology in English of new and emerging poets

This is a call for submissions for an upcoming anthology in English of new and emerging poets (translations are welcome) to be published by Kitaab (Singapore).

The anthology, to be edited by Manik Sharma and Semeen Ali, contemplates India, 70 years since Independence, and in doing so seeks to construct a poetic map of the country. The map here refers to an idea distinctly different from the one we are used to, and feel divided by. The editors would like to clarify that this is not a symbolic, patriotic work. It merely places India in the hands of its third generation, more so as a quantity to enquire, than merely adapt to. We want to create a map, a map distinctly Indian (through smells, flavours, textures, colours etc. and not necessarily their geographies. Or, for example, identity may flow from – memories, objects, journeys, emotions, etc). No language, or culture, supersedes the other, even if majorities do. To the core of the idea here, the value of the author and his or her subject is equal.

We want to look at works that discover/re-imagine these tropes, poems that may tell us something we do not know, or something we do but consider too passé for poetry. Things that are quintessentially Indian, told through the personal or the social, through its people or the poems some of them, as part of this anthology may now write. Continue reading


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India: Call for submissions for an anthology of short stories and poetry 

CelebratingIndia_VCposterThe anthology is for all Indian citizens. Nivasini Publishers’ anthology titled,  ‘Celebrating India – The World I Write In: Anthology of Poems and Short Stories’ will completely focus on literature of the visually challenged and for the visually challenged. Visually challenged writers or writers who employ visually challenged people as central characters  from India should send their submissions in a Microsoft word attachment  to mailnivasini@gmail.com on or  before the august 30, 2015 (Indian Time).
 


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Fair to debut English Aboriginal literature anthology

The Council of Indigenous Peoples is to launch its first English-language anthology of Taiwanese Aboriginal literature at the Taipei International Book Exhibition to give English-language readers greater access to literary works by Aboriginal writers.

The four-book set, titled The Anthology of Taiwan Indigenous Literature, consists of selections of poetry, prose and short stories by more than 30 poets and writers, as well as a chronicle of significant events in Taiwanese Aboriginal literature between 1951 and last year, said Wagi Taro, senior executive officer of the council’s Department of Education and Culture. Continue reading


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Anecdotes from Bangladesh

lifelinesAyesha Tabassum interviews Farah Ghuznavi in The Bangalore Mirror

Lifelines, an anthology edited by Farah Ghuznavi, looks at stories from contemporary Bangladesh. The editor shares her experiences of being on the other side of the writing process

What defines the lives of a people in a country in South Asia? Is it only turmoil, poverty and attempts at development? In Lifelines , an anthology of short stories edited by Farah Ghuznavi, acclaimed short story writer, the reader gets an all encompassing picture of the people of Bangladesh. From a 10-year-old’s quest to get her parents’ attention to a middle-aged man’s hunt for his love from younger days, every story draws an episode from the lives of people who represent the real Bangladeshi.

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