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  • Women Writers and Other Fighters
    research about contemporary Brazilian literature which can be found in the book Literatura brasileira contemporânea um território contestado Contemporary Brazilian Literature Contradicted Territory my suggested translation organized by the researcher Regina Dalcastagnè from University of Brasília The research in fact a quantitative survey of the characters and authors in national literature covers the years between 1965 and 1979 and the period between 1990 and 2004 as well In the latter part 258 novels from 165 authors were examined The results of both phases looked alike This means that the majority of Brazilian authors are males and white 72 7 and 78 8 respectively Regarding characters the situation is similar in 71 1 of the read novels the protagonists are males Concerning women writers from the first research period to the second their increasing presence is significant rising from 17 to 27 3 The task is now moving into its third stage with the analysis of 300 novels launched between 2005 and 2014 There s hope that the feminine presence will have improved Anyway all these little literary statistics could be sensed in any primary Literature class in Brazilian schools they are inserted here for those interested in going deeper into the subject Because amongst all the Brazilian literary movements since the 16th century that are learnt by students women writers only start to appear in 19th century and few names are quoted Teresa Margarida da Silva e Orta from 1712 despite being mentioned is not totally regarded as a Brazilian writer since she moved to be raised in Portugal And even among those authors belonging to the 20th century some have remained with small recognition inside the Brazilian literary universe such as Carolina Maria de Jesus who lived between 1914 and 1977 in São Paulo Author of five books translated into 13 languages she is still rarely mentioned in literary studies in Brazil Carolina Maria de Jesus to present only one example was also a black woman and lived in a shanty town exclusion as we mentioned must be debated when the subject is Brazilian literature Returning to the Literatura brasileira contemporânea um território contestado research regarding other minorities we find that only 6 91 of the Brazilian writers are black Also gathering the analysis of the characters it is found that 75 of black characters are poor people and 20 4 related to criminality The portrait of the characters also reveals that a little more than half 56 6 of them come from the middle class being 81 heterosexuals Not surprisingly since the conclusion about the entire panorama is the major presence of male white and heterosexual middle class writers in Brazilian literature It seems a simple matter of representation And up until now an absence of novelties since this is the current situation in Brazil the country must improve and invest more in education to give opportunities to more types of representation among its writers To research and to study female voices in Brazilian literature as well as

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  • The Nuns in the Garden
    drank too much new wine in a Heurige and was kissed in an alley by a slender boy with an unshaven face In the late afternoons I took my book and a segment of the dark chocolate to my perch in the attic room The foot wide window ledge was perfect for reading and with the window slightly open even on cool days I could look down into the garden of the convent A herb garden was tended by one of the nuns it had roses around the periphery and an old stone bench The first time I saw a young nun with a smooth apricot face and downcast eyes heading towards the herb garden I moved back automatically until I realized I was invisible to her The apartment was angled so that my window could not be seen from ground level The nun s head covering hid her hair but I imagined she was brunette her skin colouring was a golden brown her eyebrows dark and well defined She carried a small basket with gardening tools and knelt down immediately in the dirt in the garden I saw that she lifted her skirts to kneel and that below them she wore thick padded kneelers green and worn strapped onto the pale skin of her legs She dug the ground with energy patted raked leant back on her heels to inspect her work After a while she took off her gardening gloves and sat on the bench lifting her face to a weak sun On the third day another nun perhaps a little older but not by much joined her on the bench I guessed that she had blonde hair her skin was pale her brows fair I caught a glimpse of blue eyes as she turned to look around glance up at the sky as if checking for rain I saw I felt the younger one tense She turned They looked at each other And paused as if frozen They stared into each other s faces with a still intensity I had never before witnessed They did not speak I wasn t sure if they were allowed or if they simply chose not to speak They stayed like that for long minutes barely moving simply breathing looking at each other Then the older one stood nodded and left The next day they were there again This time I sensed anticipation in the young one as she dug her little trowel with such vigour such a lively rhythm into the earth Again she took a break sitting up on the bench The older one approached her eyes already on the face of the young waiting woman They sat again perfectly still and looked into each other s eyes I wanted them to touch Five days later they did The fair one I saw her swallow knew she was nervous she moved took the hand of the other their eyes holding I imagined the touch as electric but they did not

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  • artist interviews Archives - Litro Magazine
    on the train on the way home or while sitting on a stoop on the street Nowadays there s no point in going to a comic store more than twice a year because all the same artists are only releasing their work when they ve got eight years worth of pages to compile into a giant tome There s no surprise about finding it because now it s treated like a new novel or movie or album with advance press releases and book reviews and signing tours so you know in advance exactly when this new big thing is going to be released Jeffrey Lewis Comic Artist Musician Filmmaker Read more Interviews I love Carver of course but I m not exceptionally well read so I actually discovered his work when his name started popping up in reviews of my comics I felt obligated to acquaint myself with his writing so I wouldn t look like a total troglodyte if it came up in conversation I read that biography of him recently and it was fascinating but it also made me like him a little less both as a writer and a person But I m an unapologetic fan of that whole school of realistic modern short fiction I love guys like Richard Yates John Cheever Andre Dubus I ll go through phases where I get burned out on that stuff and then get really interested in something totally different but those are the kinds of guys I always go back to Adrian Tomine the Raymond Carver of Illustration artist interviews This tag is associated with 5 posts Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going Home means to us Is it a familiar physical space A refuge A feeling A state of mind Or is home actually to be found in another human being maybe your partner your parents How do you know when you have found it Continue reading Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co

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  • Hsin Wang Archives - Litro Magazine
    craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going Home means to us Is it a familiar physical space A refuge A feeling A state of mind Or is home actually to be found in another human being maybe your partner your parents How do you know when you have found it Continue reading Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and more Perfect reading for those with busy lives When the first issue of Litro was published in April 2005 the main free paper for commuters and city dwellers was the morning Metro Since then many tabloid style free sheets have joined the field like the Metro these can be skim read and quickly discarded Litro is different our central aim has always been to provide commuters and city dwellers with an inspiring thought provoking alternative

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  • A Chat with Writer-Director John Zhao on Days Gone By
    would only be John on camera and his sound guy Kevin Haus trying to get that elusive perfect frame scene It s a funny scenario when the actors outnumber the crew Days Gone By manifesto Being an artist makes you do crazy things for your work John discovered this when filming Days Gone By he knocked on strangers doors slept in a rental car made friends with men who threatened his life The cast kind of knew I was doing all these crazy things John laughs but I don t think they knew the extent of what I was doing He says this without even the slightest air of resentment or bitterness the whole experience for him was an exhilarating one and he ll always think back on that time with fondness I m working now in a structured job in an office and sometimes I ll look back to last year and wonder what the hell happened I d wake up every morning not knowing where the day would take me One night after filming an especially explosive scene John took a wrong turn somewhere in Brooklyn and ended up on a dark street lost in the midnight hours of the night So with all the filming props and equipment including bottles of sleeping pills empty liquor bottles and a genuine replica firearm illegal in New York without a filming license in the back of his van he lied down and decided to get some sleep and wait for the sun to rise He heard some noises He heard some sort of ruckus But after two weeks of filming existing on little or no sleep he was beyond comprehension and settled into a deep sleep The next morning he woke to see a police cordoned scene in front of him There had been this gang shootout happening while I was sleeping but the funny thing was I wasn t worried about what could have happened I was worried about the police woman coming towards me at that very moment worried about the equipment in the back of my van the illegal firearm replica But then another officer called her over she walked away for a second and I instantly drove off John Zhao speaking to Raindance founder Elliot Grove Photo Credit Yannick Lalardy John s gung ho approach to filmmaking is in part inspired by Werner Herzog whom he cites as a major inspiration He really should be dead by now considering some of the things he s done John says in awe He s a very sane man but his films are insane imperfect he s passionate about finding a story and for him it s not about the success It s humbling What s on his bookshelf then David Thoreau s Walden and 80s pop star Rick James autobiography both recommended by friends of his The former was given to him because that particular friend was inspired to actually live in a caravan after reading it the

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  • Photo Competition: “Mystery”
    Litro full rules here http t co fAYTjxREJk litromystery http twitter com WarwickInklings status 311873139783106560 WarwickInklings Hey everyone get involved with litro s 2 competitions they are running litromystery and litroreads http t co uusnLX1T0A http twitter com JackieDaly status 311916034300981248 JackieDaly Really interesting photo comp http t co LNbl5SXdlw http twitter com ines fatzinger status 311943212954701825 ines fatzinger Photo Competition Mystery Litro http t co ROqQMAu4Dl http twitter com LitroMagazine status 312261520367181825 Litro Magazine LitroMagazine londonatdawn Please RT Our current photocompetition means you could win FREE year s membership to Litro Magazine http t co fAYTjxREJk http twitter com ajdeho status 312550117557276672 ajdeho litromystery http t co llI1PuHHvX http t co LtgpkxzfO8 http t co GX4HyILuQA http t co WjffeLRAmA http t co fpm6qLLgnV http twitter com LitroMagazine status 312625420283547649 Litro Magazine LitroMagazine Win a FREE year s membership to Litro by getting involved with our litromystery photo competition rules here http t co fAYTjxREJk http twitter com LitroMagazine status 312869928824877056 Litro Magazine LitroMagazine Budding photographers our litromystery competition is your chance to win a FREE year s membership to Lito http t co fAYTjxREJk http twitter com LitroMagazine status 313213388450836480 Litro Magazine LitroMagazine Get your cameras out and get involved with our litromystery competition Rules and Prizes here http t co fAYTjxREJk Related Posts More prizes for women s fiction in UK Australia and Canada The Winners LitroTV s Transgression Competition Ben Norris Joint winner of LitroTV s transgression competition Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going Home means to us Is it a familiar physical space A refuge A feeling A state of mind Or is home actually to be found in another human being maybe your partner your parents How do you know when you have found it Continue reading Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a

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  • Getting Stuck in the Snow: an interview with Dan Rhodes
    festival circuit I ve not met Martin or A C I tend to be at the tail end of these literary events I always seem to end up among the aspiring novelists as they vomit into municipal shrubberies Why the decision to publish this one yourself I wanted to get it out fast and publishers don t do fast Also they are to put it politely cautious and it s unlikely they would have waved it through without demanding changes I m hoping with this publication to prove that it isn t a legal minefield and to partner up with a conventional publishing house for the paperback Wish me luck with that How challenging have you found that Hmmm You d better ask me in a few weeks So far it s been pretty smooth I ve printed 400 first editions which I m signing and numbering and they are trickling out nicely to independent bookshops You ve said that this year marks your twentieth year working in the book trade What lessons have you learned during that time that you d like to pass along to our readers That nobody knows what makes a book catch on I know I m doing everything wrong but I take comfort in the knowledge that there s no right way of doing things What are you reading watching listening to right now I just bought a stack of John Wyndham novels which I m looking forward to I m watching Dad s Army and Blossom and listening to Samson Delilah by VV Brown Part of my determination to get this book out less than two months between finishing it and publishing it is my continuing dismay at the delay of the MKS album We should have been listening to that for months but instead we re growing old And what can we expect to see from you next Do you have any unfulfilled projects you d like to tackle Every time I finish a book I feel as if I ll never be able to do anything every again But so far something s always reared up Who knows When the Professor Got Stuck in the Snow is available now from select bookshops or from Dan Rhodes s website It is also available as a Kindle ebook Dan Rhodes has written eight other books and won a bunch of prizes including the E M Forster Award He lives in Derbyshire About Dan Coxon Dan Coxon is the Magazine Editor for Litro co uk and the author of Ka Mate Travels in New Zealand He lives in London where he spends his spare time looking after his two year old son Jacob His writing has most recently appeared in Salon The Portland Review Neon Gutter The Weeklings The Nervous Breakdown Spartan and the Ben Tanzer edited anthology Daddy Cool Find more of his writing at www dancoxon com or follow him on Twitter DanCoxonAuthor Mail Web More Posts 24 Comments comments Prev Q

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  • The Invisible Ones
    occur One evening according to Matt when they were watching Strictly he goes into the kitchen to fetch another bottle of wine he could drink for England as you recall only to find a fresh bottle of white already out on the worktop corkscrew stuck in the top Like a knife in a body as he related it to me Now this wouldn t be strange if not for the fact that neither of them had shifted from the sofa for the past hour He goes back in and very gingerly checks the temperature of the bottle with the back of his hand to see if it s semi warm But no it s stone cold straight from the fridge the lead in a little coil next to it So he barges back and asks Denise if she took a bottle of Tesco s Sauvignon out Nope she replies she s been right there next to him all the time So he returns and fetches with trembling hands the unopened bottle and shows it to her Pissed she thinks He s having a laugh Then she s genuinely astonished How did it happen How did it happen Exactly It was a mystery that taxed them for days until other strange things began occurring This time to Denise Coming back from a depressing visit to the shops it was February out of season the whole place a dump she goes to the bathroom sits down on the loo only to see that someone or something has squirted toothpaste all over the shop Emptied the whole tube Over the mirror On the walls In the bath Even on the bog seat where she s sitting So she calls Matt who s up north somewhere singing at Butlins or whatever he did for a living then in hysterical tears They ve had a burglary she squeals He tells her to check the doors the windows But they re all intact No sign of forced entry anywhere And nothing stolen So freaked out is she Denise takes the train to her mum s and stays for a week Now Matt if you remember was a bit Alpha he had to be the stud duck on the pond He always got Denise to do his bidding at least though I think she secretly loved being his little hausfrau ironing his shirts and packing his sandwiches for his gigs Well can Matt get her to come back Can he fuck He s lost his alpha leverage So he has to physically return to Bromley prise her from her mother s sofa and drive her back to Folkstone where they inspect the toothpaste spattered bathroom just as she left it I would have been as terrified as Denise You would would you Well taken soberly these weren t terrifying incidents But far odder occurrences were to happen the following week I m developing a theory here Save it When Matt and Denise came back from town on Sunday they found the bed which they had left strewn with the Sunday papers and marmalade blobs miraculously made the Telegraph in a neat pile the plates in the sink Welcome maybe but no explanation supplied Very unsettling Then come the noises a persistent humming or thrumming like keys being cut seemingly originating upstairs But when they tramp up to the first floor they find the flat is empty Been on the market for months apparently Then to make things worse there s the smell Poltergeist I interrupted Has to be Although of course they don t exist A picture of Folkstone was forming in my mind as Alistair spoke one of grey wave lashed coastal paths bandstands with dive bombing gulls And behind this spacious empty flats with wide corridors and endless bedrooms where strange nameless humming could be heard in the quiet of empty afternoons Well that s what they began to fear once they changed all the locks and added a security gate What about this smell According to Matt it was a sour salty stink like old soy sauce All pervasive It would be in their nostrils on waking up permeating their evenings of serious wine drinking their Sunday cooking of hearty joints And neither could figure out where it came from or what it actually was At one point Denise became hysterical that it was the smell of blood My God But their nameless tormentor or tormentors wasn t without humour By now Denise was convinced it was the ghost of one of the tireless servants a matronly chef maybe wanting to reclaim her space They went into the kitchen one morning to find the cutlery drawer everywhere This would keep happening every week until Denise found a way of arranging the silverware to the ghost s approval A breakthrough she told Matt or at least some kind of progress However she still wanted out But Matt was adamant they should stay put until the end of the year that they must finish the renovation then put the place on the market Was the knives and forks business the proverbial last straw Nah that would be the face in the bathroom window One night not long after Matt had vetoed the idea of their returning to Bromley after he claimed he could put up with any amount of ghost trouble Denise paid a visit to the loo only for him to hear a blood curdling scream on locking the door A face a looming shadow like visage of an old hag had appeared in the square of window which they both knew was impossible to access from outside unless you scaled barbed wire or had a key to the security gate That was the last straw though the business was not without a postscript Didn t Matt tell anyone else about all this I asked His friends Now I was recalling more than I wished about Matt and his depressing life He was one of

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