Kurdistan + 100: Stories from a Future State, Orsola Casagrande (ed) and Mustafa Mustafa Gündoğdu (Comma, November 2023)
Kurdistan + 100: Stories from a Future State, Orsola Casagrande (ed) and Mustafa Mustafa Gündoğdu (Comma, November 2023)

Kurdistan + 100 poses a question to contemporary Kurdish writers: Might the Kurds one day have a country to call their own? With 13 stories all set in the year 2046—exactly a century after the first glimmer of Kurdish independence, the short-lived Republic of Mahabad—this book offers a space for new expressions and new possibilities in the ongoing struggle for self-determination.

Divided into two parts set in Iran and the US respectively, Dare the Sea is a new collection of stories from Iranian-American writer Ali Hosseini.  The stories, some of which had previously appeared in Guernica, Antioch Review and Story Quarterly, explore Iran’s landscape, culture and how cataclysmic, socio-political changes have shaped the identity and sense of belonging among Iranians living in Iran and the United States.

The Man Who Walked Backwards and Other Stories, S Ramakrishnan, Prabha Sridevan (trans), (Orient BlackSwan, July 2023)
The Man Who Walked Backwards and Other Stories, S Ramakrishnan, Prabha Sridevan (trans), (Orient BlackSwan, July 2023)

The Man Who Walked Backwards and Other Stories is an anthology of eighteen short stories by S Ramakrishnan, the popular and critically acclaimed master of modern Tamil writing. The stories in this collection are a celebration of eccentricities: they feature characters who defy conventions, and who listen to their inner selves instead of conforming to familial and societal norms.

Hiro Arikawa came to international attention when The Travelling Cat Chronicles became a bestseller in many languages, not least English. The story of a man named Satoru and his cat Nana who go on an extensive journey to visit Satoru’s friends won over readers in Japan and around the world, especially those who appreciate the special bond between humans and cats. Both characters return in a couple of stories in Arikawa’s new collection, The Goodbye Cat, translated by Philip Gabriel.