In Other Words, by Jhumpa Lahiri: on building bridges and living in permanent exile

Twenty years ago, American writer Jhumpa Lahiri, well-known for her fantastic debut novel The Namesake and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her collection of short stories Interpreter of Maladies, fell in love with Italian. It happened suddenly, but her obsession never relented. She went to Italy, took classes of Italian with different teachers, dutifully did … Continue reading In Other Words, by Jhumpa Lahiri: on building bridges and living in permanent exile

Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows, by Balli Kaur Jaswal: empowering women through writing (and erotic tales)

"Nobody eavesdrops an old lady chatter. To them it's all one buzzing noise. They think we're discussing our knee pain and funeral plans." This remark, made by one of the sassy old ladies that people Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, is both funny and profound, for it speaks, as does the novel, of a social phenomenon … Continue reading Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows, by Balli Kaur Jaswal: empowering women through writing (and erotic tales)

“Caribbean Women (Post) Diaspora” conference: learning to be humble and to listen

If you follow me on Instagram (please do, we're having fun there!),  you have surely seen me bragging about my attending an international conference in London, the topic of which was "Caribbean Women (Post) Diaspora: African/Caribbean Interconnections". I was honored to have been accepted and I would like to warmly thank the organizers of the … Continue reading “Caribbean Women (Post) Diaspora” conference: learning to be humble and to listen

White Teeth, by Zadie Smith: fundamental interrogations on the fundamentals

I think it is a secret for no one here that I love Zadie Smith. I admire her wit, her style, her sense of humour, her cleverness and sagacity. I'm in awe at the fact that she began her career as a writer in her early twenties, and that her first novel, White Teeth,  was none … Continue reading White Teeth, by Zadie Smith: fundamental interrogations on the fundamentals

The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead: a long walk to freedom?

One has to brace oneself before reading The Underground Railroad. Like all books on slavery, this novel painfully recreates the worst acts of violence committed by slavers, slave-owners and slave catchers. After each book on slavery, you think that you've read the worse of what the worst humans are capable of, but then another book pops up … Continue reading The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead: a long walk to freedom?