4 Easy Steps to Improve Your Foreign Language Reading
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4 Easy Steps to Improve Your Foreign Language Reading

As some of you might already know, I have lived in Switzerland for the last six years. Before that, I lived for one year in Austria, which means that I have lived in German-speaking countries for a little over seven years now. In this time, I worked in multi-lingual companies as well as completing a … Continue reading

Roxane Gay Live at the Open Air Literatur Festival in Zurich 2019
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Roxane Gay Live at the Open Air Literatur Festival in Zurich 2019

Roxane Gay’s work has been seminal for feminist and fat liberation movements around the world. She draws on her own experiences about trauma, body image, feminist ideals, and Haitian and Black identity. Seeing her talk about her two most popular books Bad Feminist and Hunger: A memoir of (My) Body. I used Gay’s feminist text … Continue reading

Yaa Gyasi in Zurich and a Review of “Homegoing”
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Yaa Gyasi in Zurich and a Review of “Homegoing”

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. Anyone who lives abroad knows how hard it can be to engage with literature from your mother tongue. For me, living in Switzerland means that German is a regular part of my … Continue reading

Interview fail: Han Kang author event at the Kaufleuten in Zurich
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Interview fail: Han Kang author event at the Kaufleuten in Zurich

I have been attending author events at the Kaufleuten in Zurich since I moved to Switzerland. They are great things for the community and I think they can encourage reading, multilingual boarder-crossing, and intellectual discussions about literature from around the world. I recently went to Han Kang’s talk/interview about her book, The Vegetarian. I have … Continue reading

Are bookstores dying in Australia?
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Are bookstores dying in Australia?

It is often said that you don’t always notice change when it is happening slowly in front of your eyes. Only after a significant amount of change can you really see the true effects. This makes me think about how detached I have become from my birth country, Australia. I don’t get to visit it … Continue reading

“The Age Of Magic”: a review of Ben Okri’s magic realist novel
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“The Age Of Magic”: a review of Ben Okri’s magic realist novel

Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. There are two reasons why I bought this book: I had a gift voucher and the setting of the book was Switzerland (the country I call home). I wasn’t sure what to … Continue reading

Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet: there is something rotten in Denmark, but it isn’t his acting.
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Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet: there is something rotten in Denmark, but it isn’t his acting.

Hamlet is a play that you know even if you have never seen it or read it. So much of the play is dispersed throughout modern English speaking culture that it is not hard to find yourself quoting the play, many times unbeknownst to you. Hamlet is the kind of role that most stage performers … Continue reading

A Walk to Clear My Head
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A Walk to Clear My Head

I’ve been editing and re-working some writing now for the past few months. All words have lost meaning, so I decided to go for a walk. It was extremely refreshing. Here is what I came across on my walk in my new hometown in Switzerland. What do you do to clear your head? As always, … Continue reading