October 2016


World Fiction Special
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 Menendez; and 'The Lake Retba Murder' by Efemia Chela from Zambia and Ghana.



-Fat(Krys Lee著/韓国)
-In The Garden(FT Kola著/南アフリカ)
-Ghosts(Ana Menendez著/キューバ系米国人)
-The Lake Retba Murder(Efemia Chela著/ザンビア&ガーナ)






Stories making the news this month
6 Land defenders step up in Burma
6 Trouble in the pipeline
7 Cornish language resurgence
7 Introducing Theresa May
7 Pride under pressure in Uganda
8 Mexican teachers fight on
8 Life in limbo in Israel
9 Bangladesh's smashing pumpkins
9 Dam fine victory in Brazil
PLUS: Scratchy Lines by cartoonist Simon Kneebone and Reasons to be Cheerful.

The Big Story -
World Fiction Special

11 Breaching the borders
Chris Brazier discusses the emergence of 'world writing' with Elleke Boehmer of Oxford University.


14 Ghosts
by Ana Menéndez
The suicide of a Cuban immigrant to Florida calls up all kinds of phantoms for Anna, herself a migrant from the Czech Republic. Illustrated by Jackie Morris.

18 In The Garden
by FT Kola
A eunuch scribe at the ancient Egyptian court in Alexandria witnesses a pivotal moment in the life of his young princess, Cleopatra. Illustrated by Jenny Reynish.

25 Fat
by Krys Lee
A young South Korean's attempts to avoid conscription by becoming obese cause uproar in his family. Illustrated by Dominic Bugatto.

30 The Lake Retba Murder (Le Meurtre au Lac Rose)
by Efemia Chela
Roberto comes across a body in the lake and feels compelled to investigate - but all his lover Mireille seems to want is sex. Illustrated by EleanorTaylor.

34 Windows on the world
New Internationalist's world fiction titles.

10 Mark Engler
Kissinger is not our friend.

4 Letters
Growing pressure for women peacekeepers; computer inefficiency; disaster of Brexit.
PLUS Open Window, with guest cartoonist Vasco Gargalo from Portugal
5 Letter from Cairo
Egypt's capital is both holding together and falling apart, writes Maria Golia.
35 Worldbeaters: Rodrigo Duterte
The president of the Philippines he may be, but his reputation is as a Dirty Harry of vigilante politics.
36 Country Profile: Honduras
38 And Finally
Training astronauts to shoot film? All in a day's work for Canadian documentary filmmaker Toni Myers.




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