For what, after all, is more monstrous than a woman who wants? ...more
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An exclusive look at the cover of Shruti Swamy’s forthcoming debut novel, THE ARCHER.
Tags: Algonquin Books, Bombay, Book cover, book covers, book design, Christopher Moisan, cover design, cover reveal, dance, Dancers, dancing, debut novel, Fatima Asghar, Fierce Attachments, If They Come for Us, Kathak, Roshan Kumari, Rumpus exclusive, Shruti Swamy, Shyama Golden, south asian, South Asian diaspora, Sri Lanka, The Archer, Vivian Gornick
This thrill that comes with being on the precipice of possibility runs rampant throughout Make It Scream, Make It Burn . ...more
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“[Y]ou really want to engage a reader, and not abuse their time.”
Tags: appropriation, César Aira, Horacio Castellanos Moya, humor, humor writing, literary humor, Michael Barron, michael ondaatje, novella, Paul Beatty, philip roth, Politics, Publishing, publishing industry, Riots I Have Known, Ryan Chapman, satire, Senselessness, Sri Lanka, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, The Sellout, Thomas Bernhard, writing humor
Her name is Selvakumari, but the name catches like a vine in the family’s mouth, comes out bungled and limp. They call her Sally. ...more
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SJ Sindu discusses her new novel,
Marriage of a Thousand Lies, queer readings of Hindu scriptures, and issues of privilege and power. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, arranged marriage, Baasha, Bodies in Motion, born confused, Bright Lines, conformity, dharma, Diaspora, divorce, femininity, Funny Boy, gender roles, Hindu, homophobia, Lesbian, LGBTQ, marriage, Marriage of a Thousand Lies, Mary Anne Mohanraj, oppression, privilege, queer, Raj Chakrapani, Rajinikanth, sexuality, Shyam Selvadurai, SJ Sindu, south asian, Sri Lanka, Tamil, tanuja desai hidier, Tanwi Nandini Islam, Tradition, Women Writers of Color
Rajith Savanadasa discusses his debut novel,
Ruins, writing across oceans, and the chance encounter with refugees that led to the story at the heart of his novel. ...more
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Telling a human story, with individuals experiencing the effects of an actual political issue—that’s my part in shaking the ground. ...more
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Poet and Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo discusses the reverence for poetry found in other cultures, how he strings a book together, and the future of American poetry in light of our national crisis.
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Anuk Arudpragasm discusses his debut novel
The Story of a Brief Marriage, the bombing of civilians during the war in Sri Lanka, documenting war crimes, and powerful Tamil women. ...more
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Over at Electric Literature, the eloquent Ru Freeman offers her perspective on Sri Lanka’s love of the written and spoken word, as she reflects up on her own upbringing in the island nation: They loved literature because they had been taught, as we had been taught, about the significance of the imagination, and of the […]
It was a really big deal for me that a Sri Lankan publisher picked it up. I didn’t grow up there, and I didn’t go through [the war], so there’s always been a question of legitimacy. When I was at the Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation (VONA) workshop in 2011, I had these tremendous […]
Nayomi Munaweera discusses Sri Lanka, its brutal Civil War, and writing a novel about two artists with their identities wrapped up in two different countries, Sri Lanka and America.
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Writer Peter Mountford talks about his latest novel, the impossibility of altruism, the realities of the midlife crisis, and the “catawampus” that is economics.
Author V.V. Ganeshananthan reflects on her choice to attend the 2009 Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka, just 500 kilometers from violent conflict. Ganeshananthan explains why she “refused to disappear” despite a boycott of the festival organized by Reporters Without Borders, protesting the suppression of free speech in that country. She asks, “If my brother […]
A first novel about a Sri Lankan servant girl brings to life a vivid world of class differences, and restores dignity to characters who are often shoved to the sidelines.