Berlin Quarterly’s sixth issue opens with a long-form reportage centred on the borderlands of the American Southwest. Alongside the words of undocumented immigrants and portraits of fractured border cities, Hannah Gold gives us an in-depth historical context for the US-Mexico border wall.
Four nonfiction pieces by Juan Villoro, a giant of contemporary Mexican literature, are translated here for the first time by award-winning translator Yvette Siegert. A new short story by eminent Indian novelist Upamanyu Chatterjee examines the impact of urbanization. Several pieces of fiction speak to questions related to migration. Blick Bassy depicts an immigrant’s ultimatum in epistolary form; Deepak Unnikrishnan presents a magical realist vision of construction sites in the Middle East, an extract from his prize-winning collection Temporary People. We are pleased to present a new short story by South African Masande Ntshanga, winner of the PEN International New Voices Award. And this issue of the Berlin Quarterly features poets Adi Keissar (Israel), Robin Myers (USA), and Galina Rymbu (Russia).
This sixth issue presents two photo portfolios. Photographer Janine Graubaum captures intimate scenes of the Eastern European railways, while landscape portraiture by Francesco Jodice depicts urban development around the globe. Editor Jeff Wood speaks with renowned photographer and conservationist Cristina Mittermeier on her role as a photographer in the context of climate change and the digital age.
Finally, another titan of Latin American literature, Julio Cortázar, and the text of a lecture he gave late in his career, laying out his evolution as a writer and the need for writers to be politically committed. The issue closes with Danish artist Lasse Krog Møller’s playful Black Square, a cultural history of the void.
Gaps in the Wall by Hannah Gold
Four Crónicas by Juan Villoro
Sparrows by Upamanyu Chatterjee
Birds by Deepak Unnikrishnan
Simonobisick’s Letter by Blick Bassy
What We Want – Photos by Francesco Jodice
I Am the Mizrahit by Adi Keissar
Remedies by Masande Ntshanga
How Could I Possibly Take Part? by Galina Rymbu
Kosmos Train – Photos by Janine Graubaum
Toolbox by Fabio Morábito
Elsewhere by Robin Myers
Cristina Mittermeier by Jeff Wood
A Writer’s Paths by Julio Cortázar
Black Square by Lasse Krog Møller
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