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Issue 115, Autumn 2023

Wasafiri 115

Wasafiri 115 is our most classic Wasafiri issue yet, with articles on Han Kang and 'diasporic dysphoria', interviews with Claudia Piñeiro, Witi Ihimaera, and artist Poulomi Basu, plus a wide range of poetry, fiction, life writing, and reviews.

Wasafiri 115, our autumn general issue, comprises work from across cultures, nations, and languages, in fact from every inhabited continent; we dip into genres we haven't often published before, like detective fiction and crime writing, with reviews specially showcasing voices from South Asia and its diaspora.

With further articles on Han Kang and 'diasporic dysphoria', interviews with Claudia PiñeiroWiti Ihimaera and artist Poulomi Basu, plus a wide range of poetry, fiction, and life writing, this makes for our most classic Wasafiri issue yet.



Good Old New Ways
Emily Mercer


Diasporic Dysphoria: Decoding Affective Detachment in Disgrace and Severance
Julia Desirée Merican

Photography, Poetry, and Polyphony: Postmemory of the Gwangju Massacre in Han Kang's Human Acts
Heewon Chung

Class-Caste Politics, Hierarchy, and Hindutva in Indian Cinema and Protest Theatre
Titaś Biswas and Abhilash Bannerjee

Life Writing

this, this, & this
Georgie Codd


Death, Religion, and Motherhood: An Interview with Claudia Piñeiro
Silvia Rothlisberger

Toward Our Ancient Futures: An Interview with Witi Ihimaera
Anna Knox


Eruptions: Poulomi Basu and the Art of Renewal
Liz Hingley


Turkish Coffee
Andrea Tompa, trans. from the Hungarian by Jozefina Komporaly

What We Carried
Lishani Ramanayake

Giant Flamingo Great for Pool Float
Laura Lynes

Jason Shan Deelchand


Imprint: Sonnet; Velvet; Lone
Fatima Jafar

In Place of a Personal Statement
Yusra Amjad

Faith; Night-time at the Aquarium
Kathryn Bevis

Conversations with my Grandmother
Duncan Wu

before the anointing
Rupam Baoni

Review Essay

Spinning Stories: India, Diaspora, and the Internet Novel
I'm A Fan Sheena Patel
Teen Couple Have Fun Outdoors  Aravind Jayan
The Immortal King Rao Vauhini Vara
Saba Ahmed


The Book of Desire  Tiruvalluvar, trans. by Meena Kandasamy
Perumal Murugan, trans. by Aniruddhan Vasudevan
Shash Trevett

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida Shehan Karunatilaka
A N Phiroze

The Paradise of Food Khalid Jawed, trans. by Baran Farooqi
Sana R Choudhry

We Move  Gurnaik Johal
Chrysalis Anuja Varghese
Pardeep Toor

The Illuminated  Anindita Ghose
Gurnaik Johal

Another Way to Split Water  Alycia Pirmohamed
Monument Manahil Bandukwala
Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal

Everything the Light Touches  Janice Pariat
Nayantara Srinivasan

Mister, Mister Guy Gunaratne
Rahul Raina

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