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The Non-Jewish Jew by Isaac Deutscher

The Non-Jewish Jew by Isaac Deutscher “An unrepentant Marxist, an atheist, an internationalist—in what sense am I then a Jew? What is it that brings me near that ‘negative community’?” Isaac Deutscher’s The Non-Jewish Jew ponders upon the existential crisis of Jewish identity in the twentieth century. Deutscher, himself an atheist, explores what Judaism means… Continue reading The Non-Jewish Jew by Isaac Deutscher

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Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin (Translated by Chi-Young Kim)

Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin Please Look After Mom is set in Seoul, Korea and follows the story of three children and a husband who are left to wonder why their mother and wife has gone missing and whether she intends to return. What follows is a flashback to the past which recounts… Continue reading Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin (Translated by Chi-Young Kim)

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The Women’s Courtyard by Khadija Mastoor (Translated by Daisy Rockwell)

The Women’s Courtyard revolves around the angaan (courtyard) of a Muslim home as the subcontinent of India struggles to break free from British Raj. Embodied in the narrative are political uprisings, marriage proposals, dowry gatherings, and countless family squabbles. The main character of the story, Aliya, has a passion for learning and seeks to break… Continue reading The Women’s Courtyard by Khadija Mastoor (Translated by Daisy Rockwell)

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It’s Only Blood: Shattering the Taboo of Menstruation by Anna Dahlqvist (Translated by Alice Olsson)

The silence is a disaster for those of us who menstruate. It makes us powerless. As long as we do not talk about menstruation, the problems and failings are not seen and we cannot demand change. Mute, we continue to wonder if it has to be like this. Should it bleed this much? Should it… Continue reading It’s Only Blood: Shattering the Taboo of Menstruation by Anna Dahlqvist (Translated by Alice Olsson)