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Ranging from the speculative ‘Jacques d’Or’ to the fiercely political ‘The Radical’, this collection is a journey through enjoyably contrasted considerations of what kind of world we are collectively creating. Amatmoekrim’s characters are frequently cheerful and entertaining though the writing is also pervasively and expertly threaded with threatening or mournful undertones, which creates a kind of haunting effect for the reader, a sense that all is not well or quite what it seems. This enriches the reader’s own sense of the workings of the world around them.
KARIN AMATMOEKRIM is an award-winning Surinamese-Dutch writer and the author of six novels, a memoir and numerous essays and short stories. Her work explores cosmopolitanism and notions of home and identity. The author, who has Indonesian, Chinese, African and Native American ancestry, sees her work as embodying universal, human themes.
SARAH TIMMER HARVEY is a writer and translator based in New York. She has an MFA in writing and translation from Columbia University and her work has appeared in journals including Asymptote and Modern Poetry in Translation. She has also translated the poetry of Marieke Lucas Rijneveld from her collection Kalfsvlies (Calf’s Caul).
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