The day with both

Hussien Abdi Mohamed

It was the 2nd-Jan-1997 at the early rise of the sun when Dad ordered Mom to dress me well. I quickly recalled that Dad was going to take me to school. I was very happy because I remember that I had asked Dad so many times that he should take me to school. After an hour Dad and I reached the school gate and asked permission to into the school camp for the school watchman. We abruptly headed to headmaster’s office and I was registered as a standard one pupil. My father took me into a crowd of young boys and girls who were mostly of my age mates and I was enjoying it a little bit, but when Dad waved his hand to me and told me bye to you, I was really sad and very frightened to be left alone within a crowd of strangers.

Happening Now

  • A fall harvest of book reviews coming in: of The Others by Sarah BLAU (translated from the Hebrew by Daniella Zamir); of LO Yi-Chin’s Farewell, translated from the Chinese by Jeremy TIANG; of Véronique TADJO’s In the Company of Men

  • A fascinating interview with IWP’s Senior Advisor, professor Peter Nazareth, retired from UI’s English Department in spring 2021, after nearly five decades of teaching.

  • Word reaches us that poet HU Xudong  胡续冬, who also taught comparative and world literatures at Peking University (Beida), specializing in Latin American literatures, passed away unexpectedly. RIP, Hu Xudong…

  • We note with sadness the passing of Hiroshi SAKAGAMI 坂上 弘, whose long novelistic career garnered him major literary and cultural honors. A former president of the Japan Writers’ Association, he was until his retirement also the director of Keio University Press.

  • The poetic documentary Songs Still Sung: Voices from the Tsunami Shores, written and co-produced by Takako ARAI and creatively subtitled into English by a class of UI students of Japanese, will be screened at the prestigious Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, on-line 10/7-14/2021.

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