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From Turki al-Hamad’s Al Karadib

The Common premieres a newly translated chapter of Saudi author Turki al-Hamad's remarkable novel Al Karadib, the third in the Atyaf al-Aziqah al-Mahjurah (Phantoms of the Deserted Alley) trilogy… More

Favorite Books of 2013 | Flavorwire

Flavorwire's Jason Diamond selects 15 of the year's best novels, hefty, ambitious works that encompass generations and span continents. Once again, works by women feature prominently and we… More

The PEN Ten with Alexander Chee

At some point recently I realized I mostly read about assassins. Assassins and sex work—in particular, I'm fascinated by the new porn narratives, the way porn has moved on… More

Sierra Leone: Reading Yourself—And The Other

The right to freedom of expression is inextricably linked to the right to education, quality education—a commodity still in short supply in many developing countries, including Sierra Leone. More