Thirty years after the Khmer Rouge decimated Cambodia's intellectual
and educated classes, a literary renaissance is beginning to take hold.
FP spoke to novelist
Pal Vannarirak, vice president of the Khmer Writers' Association, for
her take on the country's return to literature.
Sweden is famous for its liberal ideas, its efficient social model, and
a standard of living that rivals any other. But a rich literary
tradition? FP talked with Svante
Weyler, former publishing director of one of Sweden’s oldest publishing
houses, Norstedts, for his take on the books that enlighten and
entertain the Swedes.
South Africans have always turned to literature to wrestle with their
country's challenges, be it apartheid, violent crime, or the AIDS epidemic.
FP recently asked Shaun de Waal, arts and literary critic for
Johannesburg's Mail & Guardian newspaper, how a new generation of
writers is channeling the past to confront the present.
From Isabel Allende to Pablo Neruda, Chile has long been a literary leader in Latin America. FP recently asked Verónica Cortínez, professor of Latin American
literature, about the works that are inspiring a new generation of
Chilean readers and writers.
After the invasion, America was supposed to help Iraq become a model
democracy. Instead, the arrogance of L. Paul Bremer and his team of
naïve neocons only helped Iraq become the world's most dangerous
nation. This is how it all went wrong -- before it ever had a chance to go
Despite living in a constant state of war, Israelis have always found time for books. FP
spoke with David Ehrlich, owner of Jerusalem's Tmol Shilshom bookstore
and cafe, and found, perhaps unsurprisingly, that themes of political
and religious identity run deep in Israeli literature.
Few cities in the world enjoy a richer literary history than Dublin. So what are the Irish reading these days? FP
spoke with Vincent Cahill of Waterstone's bookstore, and found that the
reading list looks much the same as it did half a century ago.