Travels in Literature

  • Khachapuri. Photo by Robyn Lee/Flickr
    May 27, 2014 | Sarah Smith
    Khachapuri. Photo by Robyn Lee Though the Republic of Georgia has a strong literary past, especially in the medieval era, the Soviet shadow and the country’s singularly difficult language (talk about consonant clusters) have suppressed global access to Georgia’s literature. Still, several English translations have made their way into publication in the past few years, and G...
  • Johannesburg
    October 2, 2013 | Janny Gandhi
    Photo by Antonio Olmedo/Flickr “Johannesburg is referred to as the ‘great city’; this is judged by South African standards. Its population is about 700,000, but it is a fine modern city, to be compared with any American city except the very greatest.” – Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country Johannesburg’s literature is essentially divided into two periods: apartheid and post-apartheid. T...
  • May 28, 2013 | Molly Evans
    “Think of Argentina and it quickly becomes apparent why the country holds travelers in awe. Tango, gauchos, fútbol, Patagonia, the Andes—the classics alone make a formidable wanderlust cocktail.” – Sandra Bao, Lonely Planet Patagonia and the papacy might be the two most prominent connections to Argentina’s capital city these days, but with every modern metropolis, especially in Latin Ame...
  • Sao Paulo photo by Mau Alcântara
    March 28, 2013 | Yetunde Adebayo
    “In the city of São Paulo, I propose, identities did not just repeat and move, they simultaneously sprinted and ponderously ran the marathon.”–Discontented Diaspora by Jeffrey Lesser  Photo by Mau Alcântara/Flickr São Paulo has many wonderful things for lovers of literature and language; in fact it is home to one of few museums around the world dedicated to...
  • March 13, 2013 | Kirsten Viohl
    “Below them is a French city, primarily, and English, too, home to countless nationalities, mingling on the one hand, blending languages on the streets, but also carefully guarding their separateness, one culture from the other. They enjoy a city graced by the mountain’s beauty, made fortunate also by the river, the calm, powerful St. Lawrence, connecting the island to the world.” – John Farrow,...
  • February 27, 2013 | Yetunde Adebayo
    “Istanbul’s fate is my fate: I am attached to this city because it has made me who I am.” Istanbul: Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk, tr. Maureen Freely   After two Nordic stops, today we head to the crossroads of Europe and Asia: Istanbul, Turkey. The city is home to one of the oldest covered bazaars, The Grand Bazaar, the Hagia Sophia, a church-turned-mosque that is now a museum, a...
  • Helsinki
    January 30, 2013 | WLT
    Helsinki in winter. Photo Anthony Tison/Flickr If you’re like most of us, you’re interested in visiting cities all over the world but unable to do so, or at least do so as much as you’d like. In our new blog series, we invite you to travel through literature. We began last week in Oslo. In today’s post, we’re headed to Helsinki, home of the Kamppi Chapel of Silence, Art Meets Ice, and the 2013 I...