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Volume 89 No. 5, September 2015

In a year marked by protracted conflicts over bodies—women’s bodies, black bodies, immigrant/refugee bodies, and even the body politic—Bodies in Literature, featuring nine writers from around the globe, headlines the September 2015 issue of World Literature Today. The issue also includes new fiction by Naja Marie Aidt and Nnedi Okorafor; verse by Dunya Mikhail, Jiang Tao, and six Cuban poets; and essays by Ma Jian and Chris Astwood. As always, a wealth of book reviews, featured new books, recommended reading lists, and online exclusives round out the issue.

Table of Contents

Bodies in Literature

Six Cuban Poets

  • “An Introductory Note,” by Margaret Randall
  • “Sunbaked Shell,” by Leymen Pérez
  • “When Fear Is Dream’s Excuse,” by Yanira Marimón
  • “Divided Equally,” by Laura Ruiz Montes
  • “Brief Letter from Oscar Wilde to His Lover,” by Alfredo Zaldívar
  • “Untitled,” by Caridad Atencio
  • “Nation,” by Israel Domínguez


  • “Of My Tibetan Days,” by Ma Jian
  • “From Somerset, Bermuda,” by Chris Astwood


  • “Sunrise,” by Nnedi Okorafor
  • “The Garden in Bloom,” by Naja Marie Aidt


  • “A Conversation with Dunya Mikhail,” by Sobia Khan


  • “Snow in Ulan Bator,” by Jiang Tao


International Crime & Mystery

  • “Bring out the Bodies,” by J. Madison Davis