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WASAFIRI ISSUE 118 — ABOLITIONS: WRITING AGAINST ABANDONMENT
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Issue 118, Summer 2024

Wasafiri 118: Abolitions - Writing Against Abandonment

Our summer special issue, Wasafiri 118 — Abolitions: Writing Against Abandonment, guest-edited by Farhaana Arefin and Dr Abeera Khan, explores the work of those organising against the degradation of life under racial capitalism from India to Lebanon, Palestine to France. In this issue, writing is offered as a tool for liberation, with language as resistance to enforced isolation for incarcerated people, and translation as a tool for building solidarity across borders.

Editorial Writing Against Abandonment

Interviews Mwasi Collectif; Nejma Collective; Revolutionary Papers

Articles Rejecting Defeat and Approaching Liberation: Palestinian Prisoners' Hunger Strikes; Competing Choreographies of the Postcolonial Plantation

Art Respectable: Beyond a Wretched Working Class

Fiction Hilal Chouman trans. Caline Nasrallah; Pear Nuallak; Ayòdélé Olófintúadé

Poetry NM Danish trans. Haider Shahbaz; Sarah Lasoye; Nat Raha; Shripad Sinnakaar

Life Writing Maymana Arefin; Mahrang Baloch trans. Mahvish Ahmad; Jun Pang; Layan Kayed trans. Roba AlSalibi

Review Essay Everything for Everyone: Writing Toward Freedom

Reviews Chain Gang All Stars, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah; The Fraud, Zadie Smith; Rifqa, Mohammed El-Kurd; Abolish the Family: A Manifesto for Care and Liberation, Sophie Lewis; Bad Diaspora Poems, Momtaza Mehri.

... and much more.


Contents

Editorial

Writing Against Abandonment
Farhaana Arefin and Dr Abeera Khan

Interviews

For Us, Abolition Is An Anti-Colonial, Anti-Fascist Position’: An Interview with Mwasi Collectif
Alexandra Wanjiku Kelbert

‘We Won’t Abandon You’: An Interview with The Nejma Collective
Latifa Akay

‘Periodicals Were The Beating Hearts Of Global Movements’: An Interview with Mahvish Ahmad, Koni Benson, And Hana Morgenstern Of Revolutionary Papers
Marral Shamshiri

Articles

Rejecting Defeat and Approaching Liberation: Palestinian Prisoners’ Hunger Strikes
Basil Farraj

Competing Choreographies Of The Postcolonial Plantation: Planter’s Pageantry Meets Sistren Collective’s Sweet Sugar Rage
Julia Michiko Hori

Art

Respectable: Beyond a Wretched Working Class
Mohammed Z Rahman

Fiction

Once Upon A Time, Tomorrow
Hilal Chouman Trans. Caline Nasrallah

Happy Birthday, You Are No Longer A Daughter
Pear Nuallak

Lákíríboto — ‘season One: Glass Half Empty (2005)’
Ayòdélé Olófintúadé

Poetry

Protest; احتجاج
NM Danish trans. Haider Shahbaz

Manifesto
Sarah Lasoye

invocation
Nat Raha

At The 90 Feet Road Junction
Shripad Sinnakaar

Life Writing

The Prison as a Text
Layan Kayed trans. Roba AlSalibi

On Fungal Dreams of Liberation
Maymana Arefin

Lumma! In Your Name
Mahrang Baloch trans. Mahvish Ahmad 

Shelters of Innocence
Jun Pang

Review Essay

Everything for Everyone: Writing Toward Freedom

Everything for Everyone: An Oral History of the New York Commune 2052–2072 – M E O’Brien. Translated by Eman Abdelhadi

Hangman – Maya Binyam

Truth & Dare – So Mayer
Lola Olufemi

Reviews

Health Communism – Beatrice Adler-Bolton and Artie Vierkant
Micha Frazer-Carroll

The Fraud – Zadie Smith
Yara Rodrigues-Fowler

Rifqa – Mohammed El-Kurd
I Will Not Fold These Maps – Mona Kareem. Translated by Sara Elkamel
Shivanee Ramlochan

Brother Alive – Zain Khalid
Chain-Gang All-Stars – Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
D Rudd-Mitchell

How Long Can the Moon Be Caged?: Voices of Indian Political Prisoners – Suchitra Vijayan and Francesca Recchia
Prison Writing and the Literary World: Imprisonment, Institutionality and Questions of Literary Practice – Michelle Kelly and Claire Westall, eds
Jigisha Bhattacharya

Rotten Evidence – Ahmed Naji. Translated by Katherine Halls
Black Foam – Haji Jabir. Translated by Sawad Hussain and Marcia Lynx Qualey
Elhum Shakerifar

Bad Diaspora Poems – Momtaza Mehri
Heritage Aesthetics – Anthony Anaxagorou
Rojbîn Arjen

Abolish the Family: A Manifesto for Care and Liberation – Sophie Lewis
Sophia Siddiqui

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