Secondhand Time: The last of the Soviets

“We share a communist collective memory. We’re neighbors in memory.”  Earlier this year, before the world was halted by a virus, I visited Uzbekistan. This Central Asian country was part of Soviet Union till 1991, the final year in which the Union dissolved. It was an interesting place for many reasons, but for me what … Continue reading Secondhand Time: The last of the Soviets

Short Letter, Long Farewell

The nomad's life, captured so well in this cover It's hard for me to write roles. When I characterise somebody it seems to me that I am degrading him. Everything that's individual about him becomes a tic. In this strange work, which is part noir, part self-exploration, part travelogue and part great American novel, Handke … Continue reading Short Letter, Long Farewell