Believe me or not

Mohamed Abdullahi Jama

It was one of the evenings in the year 2004 I left the Hagadera market towards the village that I was heading to near the market. There was a very big dump. When I was passing near that dump a very smart girl talked to me. When I looked at her she was a girl that attracted all my feeling and the dump became like a big city with upstairs. She welcomed me into the city and to my amusement and surprise there was a good and wide intersecting road, a well constructed government institution. The girl told me that we shall marry each other, my father is one of the tycoons in the city and he will give us a good place to survive. Really I accepted we got married and we lived a happy and exciting life and she gave birth for me 4 children, but unfortunately we fight one night and I bruised her seriously and in the morning I saw myself lying in a garbage area behind the dump.

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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