Notes from An Alien

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Global Readers & Writers


I live in the U.S.A. but I work hard to be a productive World Citizen.

Quite often, nationalistic pride can stand in the way of readers finding writers from countries other than their own, whether that pride is in the reader themselves or is the pride of the publishing business in their country.

In many critical ways, our world is already global—the links and relationships of commerce assure that.

Since my readership is, still, predominantly in the U.S.A., I’ll share three articles I’ve found to direct attention away from my country.

First, an article about an African writer which clearly shows that the major concerns of an author are global:

My Life Would Have No Meaning If I Don’t Write

Next is a piece from Global Voices, a site that’s worth visiting regularly, about a Reading Initiative in Brazil:

Bicycle Brings Books to the Homeless

And, last, a link to a site that covers much more than one country:

Asia Literary Review

Do you have links to share in the Comments about World Literature?

Are you somewhere other than the U.S.A. and able to help us understand the literature of your own country?

Are you perhaps a translator or a bilingual reader?
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2 responses to “Global Readers & Writers

  1. martinaseveckepohlen August 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Years ago in one of Germany’s most popular crime serials the inspector kept saying “English is a window to the world”. As he was skiving off his English course this was meant as a joke but it is true that we need to open windows in our minds if we want to look into other cultures. Language is the most important window. For historical and political reasons English is the biggest window. I used to look at German language islands in Russia or the USA with disdain until I researched the situation East Belgium where part of the book I’m writing at the moment is set. German speaking villages are next to Dutch speaking in the North or French speaking in the South. Most Germans aren’t aware of this. They keep their windows shut.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai August 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      I very much like your analogy of Windows, Martina :-)

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