DETAILS: ISSN: 2198-0039 Publication Date: June 2019 Publisher: Cycling Bear Publishing, Berlin Cover Price (EUR/USD/GBP): €15/$20/£12 Dimensions: 17cm x 24cm No. of Pages: 204
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In Berlin Quarterly’s signature longform reportage, Allyn Gaestel writes from Kinshasa, profiling an independent collective of sex workers in the Congolese capital. Gaestel traces the history of sex work in the region from colonial times to the present, and grounds the reportage in close portraits of the women involved.
This fiction-rich issue includes four short stories: Clemens Meyer’s whirlwind account of sex work in East Germany, Esther Kinsky’s meditation on the Rhine river, Eloghosa Osunde’s encounter with ghouls, and Darryl Pinckney’s fraught romances in Berlin.
Two Nigerian poets are featured: Niran Okewole and Precious Arinze. Their work is expansive, ranging both in form and content, from contemporary scenes of women kissing in churches to naming major perpetrators of the slave trade. In addition, renowned German poet Jan Wagner appears in both German and English, as well as in conversation with poetry editor Ezequiel Zaidenwerg.
Jann Höfer’s photo portfolio illustrates a German village in Chile, founded after WWII, in its awkward rebranding as a tourist destination after the incarceration of its leader. The uncanny portraits capture both the aging population and the cinematic landscapes that surround the former cult.
Reportage Associations d’Élégance by Allyn Gaestel
When Saying Your Name
I Laugh Like I’m Over It by Precious Arinze
Fiction Bricks & Mortar by Clemens Meyer
Portfolio Like Wet Cement by Jann Höfer
Poetry In the Well by Jan Wagner
Insight An Interview with Jan Wagner by Ezequiel Zaidenwerg
Fiction Rain by Eloghosa Osunde
Fiction Black Deutschland by Darryl Pinckney
Poetry The Hate Artist by Niran Okewole
Fiction River by Esther Kinsky