Kayo Chingonyi’s ‘Kumukanda’

The Guardian recently announced Kayo Chingonyi one of the 50 fresh voices in literature you should be reading now. Less than a year since I had the pleasure of seeing him at Africa Writes 2017 and now having read his poetry collection 'Kumukanda', here's a short piece on two of the poems featured in it, … Continue reading Kayo Chingonyi’s ‘Kumukanda’

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‘Illustrated’ Short Story – ‘7’

7 by Rali Chorbadzhyska Sometimes I think about the number 7 before I fall asleep. In Numerology, it represents the combination of the divine, the spirit and the earthly, the body. If it was to be drawn, this is what it would look like: The triangle is the spirit and the square is the body. … Continue reading ‘Illustrated’ Short Story – ‘7’

‘Samsa in Love’ or How Murakami Reinvents Humanity

By Rali Chorbadzhiyska What is weirder than waking up in a bug’s body and gradually turning into a believable insect? Actually waking up as Gregor Samsa and gradually making your way to become a complete human being! Haruki Murakami takes care of the reader’s curiosity about what happens to Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’ protagonist and what becomes … Continue reading ‘Samsa in Love’ or How Murakami Reinvents Humanity

The Collaboration of Times: William Wordsworth ft. J. Cole

By Rali Chorbadzhiyska *This is an excerpt from a longer essay on 'Exploring the Formation and Development of Selfhood in the 18th as well as the 21st century' that works on the premise of childhood being divine and longed for by artists (due to its importance to the self). William Wordsworth’s portrait painted by Benjamin … Continue reading The Collaboration of Times: William Wordsworth ft. J. Cole

The Masterful Layering of Voices in Borges’ ‘The Shape of the Sword’

By Rali Chorbadzhiyska The Role of an Individual Voice in Shaping Histories and the Reader’s Perception of them as explored in Jorge Luis Borges’ Short Story ‘The Shape of the Sword’ Jorge Luis Borges’ craft to fit a novel worth of meaning into a short story does not fail to excel in ‘The Shape of … Continue reading The Masterful Layering of Voices in Borges’ ‘The Shape of the Sword’