At the internationales literaturfestival berlin in 2019, the versatile novelist talked about his transnational life and his transplanetary work, from aliens to alienation.
SAND #20 is full of taboos and transgressions, secrets and profanities, all of which would likely be censored in many times and places. Mothers walk around both inspiringly and obscenely naked, a 16th-century fire consumes gay men and furniture as equally disposable, pro-democracy poets embrace profanity as resistance, shameful body parts become the center of eroticism, lovers battle polar bears alongside the confines of monogamy, and mothers hide their real monsters in the euphemism of bedtime stories, all while the young women in Sookoon Ang’s cover art refuse to be the types of bodies that are put on magazine covers.
Cover “Exorcise Me,” Sookoon Ang, 2013
Design by Dimitris Gkikas
A prose poem series by Tammy Lai-Ming Ho responding to images of the Hong Kong protests by local independent photojournalists.
Ahead of the issue’s launch, we asked a selection of SAND #20 contributors from around the world about the controversial literary works that have influenced their writing and art.
Elizabeth Metzger Sampson is Executive Director of the Chicago Poetry Center. Guest contributor Emily Bieniek interviewed her about translation, Arabic, her Franco-German roots, and literary education.
Members of the SAND team recommend some of their favorite works in nonfiction, from dinosaurs to desire to the Arctic Circle.
The latest installment in our ongoing series: an English-language magazine from Paris at the intersection of fashion, feminism, and literature.