I made my way to my aisle seat in a row of three and groaned inwardly. The center seat, which had been empty when I checked online the night before, was now occupied by a tall young man, stocky enough to necessitate raising the armrest that separated my space from his. I reassured myself that this wasn’t going to be a problem—this was the short leg of my trip, from DC to Minneapolis, from which there would be a long haul to Tokyo before the final push to Manila. I could handle a few crowded hours.
When I first received the invitation to participate in Writers in Motion 2011, a project of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, I jumped at the opportunity to be involved in another IWP undertaking.
I recently finished the novel The File on H by Albanian writer Ismail Kadare, which I thoroughly enjoyed for its deadpan absurdity. Kadare won the Man Booker International Prize in 2005, which is given to a writer for a body of work rather than a single book. The File on H sends up the paranoia of a Communist country with a surveillance culture.
BEIJING - “Do you think this book should be thought of like Super Girls or Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon ?” A language partner and I were discussing the new release by Jonathan Watts titled When a Billion Chinese Jump: How China Will Save Mankind – Or Destroy It (Faber & Faber, 2010).