Guestblog: The End of Eddy

Édouard Louis – The End of Eddy by Nynke Anna van der Mark The parameters of life in a small working-class town in Northern France in the 1990’s are narrow. Social life is centred around a few landmarks: the factory in which virtually all men in town work, the schoolyard where the women gossip, the bus stop where the youths come together and drink and the streets in which the children play. The inhabitants of this town navigate between these landmarks while adhering to the normative expectations of gender roles, sexuality, working life and family life. Alcohol and violence are … Continue reading Guestblog: The End of Eddy

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

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