Exit West

Exit West by Mojdeh Feili I don’t judge a book by its cover, but I do form a preset opinion on whether I want to read it by reading the back cover. As always, I went into the American Book Centre in Amsterdam just to have a look because I had some time to kill. However, these kinds of ‘looks’ never end with walking out of the store and NOT buying anything. I came across Exit West and thought, hmm, let’s see. I read the back cover of this edition and thought: Ugh, a love story? Thanks, but no thanks! … Continue reading Exit West

A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Yasmina El Hilali “One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.” When I was a fourteen-year-old wide-eyed kid, I hadn’t yet heard of the empowering and bold Jane Eyre. Living everyday life between the confines of my home, high school and the library, I was searching for a sense of identity. It would take a while before I’d find it. On the shelves of the local library, I stumbled upon Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns. And long before I would know miss … Continue reading A Thousand Splendid Suns

Between the World and Me / The Beautiful Struggle

Between the World and Me / The Beautiful Struggle by Yasmina El Hilali “And then he was swinging away, channeling a chi ancient as Equiano. The power was passed down from mothers guarding their sons from the lash, and later from the pyre, rope, fat sheriff. My father swung with the power of an army  of slaves in revolt. He swung like he was afraid like the world was closing in on him, like was trying to save my life” In my last year of university, I was looking for a thesis topic when my professor suggested I look into … Continue reading Between the World and Me / The Beautiful Struggle

Rupi Kaur’s poetry

Rupi Kaur’s poetry by Mojdeh Feili My introduction to Rupi Kaur’s work was through her first poetry collection called milk and honey. I had heard several people mention it and had no idea what to expect. I ordered the book because it was on sale, thinking I could give it a chance. Soon, I fell in love with her poetry. First, let me tell you a little bit about Rupi Kaur herself. She was born in Punjab, India and moved to Canada with her family when she was only four years old. She published milk and honey by means of … Continue reading Rupi Kaur’s poetry

Introduction

Introduction by Mojdeh Feili & Yasmina El Hilali We both took the same path throughout our university career, only our minors differed: Mojdeh chose to do her minor abroad (NYC), while Yasmina did a minor in Education. By the time we started our Masters in Literatures in English, a gnawing feeling came into being. Every day that went by we came to feel more and more that little of the literature we were offered during our Masters consisted of diverse literature. Whatever we were offered that was diverse, we devoured with great enthusiasm. Whereas we both enjoyed the classics and … Continue reading Introduction