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November 2020

Global Warnings: Writing on Climate and the Environment, II

Image: Eliseu Cavalcante, Photo from series "Being Mangrove/Ser Manguezal," 2019–2020.

Our November 2020 issue, the second part of our double issue of writing on the climate crisis that began last month, coincides with an inauspicious date: as of November 4, 2020, Donald Trump has made official the United States’ breach of its commitment to the landmark 2015 Paris accord on climate change. The protagonist of this month's work is, by and large, the natural world in its many iterations; all of the writing here sounds the warning of the human cost of environmental destruction. Photographer Eliseu Cavalcante takes us to the mangrove forests of Bahia, Brazil; Ondjaki, translated by Stephen Henighan, gives us a farcical view of urban catastrophe provoked by human folly;  Isabel Zapata, translated by Robin Myers, depicts the intertwined destinies of a mother orca, her dead calf, and the pilot of an empty plane that is rapidly losing fuel and altitude; Yu Jian, translated here by Xin Xu, composes an elegy to a majestic elephant as it marches across Asia to its death; and Markéta Pilátová, translated by Sára Foitová, traces the reverberations of the December 2004 tsunami in Indonesia back to the Czech Republic.

Book Reviews

A Bereaved Soldier Looks for Revenge in David Diop’s Disturbing ‘At Night All Blood is Black’

Reviewed by Martha Anne Toll

Via a forceful monologue, Diop's novel creates a tale of revenge with biblical overtones as it looks at the relatively little-known story of Senegalese riflemen fighting in the French army in the First World War.

A New Short Story Anthology Sheds Light on the Aftermath of War in Vietnam

Reviewed by Sarah Moore

Translated and edited by Quan Manh Ha and Joseph Babcock, "Other Moons" brings together twenty stories from different authors dealing with the lingering effects of what the Vietnamese call "the American War." It is a rare opportunity to discover a variety of esteemed writers coming from all three main geographic regions of the country.

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