Featuring a group art exhibition centered around the history and contemporary culture of South Africa, as well as the subversive figurative sculptures of Cindy Jackson, a compelling artist who sadly lost her battle with cancer as this issue went to press. Read a previously-untranslated short story by Shūsaku Endō, author of Silence (which was recently adapted for film by Martin Scorsese). Plus our web-exclusive interview with Endō’s primary English translator, Van Gessel, on Endō’s wide-ranging work and the relationship between Western Christianity to faith in Japan. In nonfiction, there’s Kevin Honold’s account of discovering The Cloud of Unknowing while on parole for false charges, and Christian Bobin’s meditation on “the Sovereignty of the Void.” Natalie Vestin reviews books that reveal the “sublime terror” of a “nightmare God” who moves beneath all art. And Gregory Wolfe on Emmanuel Carrère’s The Kingdom. Poems by Michel Houellebecq, Dana Littlepage Smith, Robert Cording, John F. Deane, and others. This issue also features an interview with (and poem by) poet James McMichael.
Work in translation supported by a grant from the NEA.
Gregory Wolfe, Inventing the Kingdom
James McMichael, Life Says
Matthew Thorburn, Relic
Rachel Hostetter Smith, Still Mending: South Africa between the Shadow and the Light
Gordon L. Fuglie, Cindy Jackson’s Bevy of Boisterous Bodies
R.M. Haines, A Conversation with James McMichael
Christian Bobin, Sovereignty of the Void
Kevin Honold, The Cloud of Unknowing
Natalie Vestin, The Nightmare God: Art and Sublime Terror
László Krasznahorkai’s Seiobo There Below
Álvaro Enrigue’s Sudden Death
Saara Myrene Raappana and Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton’s A Story of America Goes Walking
Vince Aletti and Stephen Koch’s Peter Hujar: Lost Downtown
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