BW Issue 21
THE BW INTERVIEW: Han Kang
“In my case, my strongest motivation to write Human Acts came more from my interior. I had to search my interior to grasp the reason why I had been striving to embrace the human experience. Then I encountered Gwangju, the incident which had sealed the most important and painful riddles on my life. I learnt about the brutality and sublimity of human nature.”
Han Kang is the multi-award winning South Korean author of notable works that include The Vegetarian and Human Acts. Her novel The Vegetarian was recently shortlisted for The Man Booker International Prize. In her interview with BW Han Kang talks about the dark facets of the human race and why the usage of graphic violence in her work sometimes assists her to answer questions on what it means to be "human".
THE BW INSIDER: Shuchi Singh Kalra
"Having a blog or website is no longer an option for writers – it is a necessity. How can you expect someone to buy your products when you don’t even have a shop? Your website should contain all the info that a prospective client would need in order to make a decision to hire you. Keep it clean, simple and easy to navigate."
In Part 8 of The BW INSIDER series, we revisit our interview with successful freelance writer Shuchi Singh Kalra. Read tips about making a living as a freelance writer and find out about the importance of social media in our globalised world.
We interview successful people in the publishing industry to help YOU in your journey as a Banana Writer
The Literary Agent
LATEST BW ASIAN WRITERS TO GET UNPEELED
“City people keep coming with false promises and house designs. Their smiles too are vicious. Some of them are kind though. Few young people had come to our village last week to distribute blankets…I think I am living in an imaginary country where you are free to imagine but dreams will never come true.”
Read a hugely moving short piece about death and adversity by a young writer from Nepal.
BW Short Story: Fighting the Cold
Untraced roads and
Trace the lines of your freedom
Leave behind the clutter
Read three wonderful poems about love and being an outsider.
BW Poetry: A Trilogy of Words
"We had lived in a cage for as long as I remembered, opposite a man in another cage who would look at my mum hungrily night after night. He never did anything, because there were other people, other cages, but sometimes when I woke up in the middle of the night, I could see my mum gripping the metal wiring of our cage home, trembling, eyes squeezed shut."
Read an absorbing and original story about freedom and fragile relationships.
BW Short Story: Chiasmus
Thoughts from a Banana Writer: Ponderings
"The society has no space for driftwood. We can liken society as a tidal force, its waves constantly pushing you forward, forcing you to accept their rhythm. They assume that the end goal of us all is There. All of us have to get There. What do you mean you don't want to get There?"
A Singaporean writer shares some wise ponderings about society and the complications of love.
I'm remembering how I feel when I wake up in double beds when I'm the only one left sleeping.
The heart never forgets.
Read a poignant poem about love and saying goodbye by a law student from India.
BW Poetry: Goodbyes
"There are two men bickering over a loaf of bread like two hungry vultures. And it is less than a fragment of time when everyone around them pauses and witnesses the intricate tangle of love.”
Read some thought-provoking musings about love and all its strange nuances by a Malaysian writer.
Thoughts from a Banana Writer: Con-temporary Love in a Supermarket