A Life of Dark and Light: Traveling through Mira Bartók’s MEMORY PALACE

BY SAM WAGER In the opening pages of Bartók’s memoir, as she faces the impending death of her long-estranged mother, Bartók explains that she has become more like this woman than she ever could have dreamed. Having suffered a serious brain injury from a car accident seven years before, Bartók also finds herself overwhelmed by … Continue reading A Life of Dark and Light: Traveling through Mira Bartók’s MEMORY PALACE

Descend into the Labyrinth: Reading Atiq Rahimi’s A Thousand Rooms of Dreams and Fear

BY SAMANTHA WAGER The translator’s note in this book explains how the title phrase “A Thousand Rooms” stems from a Dari expression that also means “labyrinth.” And indeed, in this short book Rahimi takes his readers through the tangled mind of Farhad, a Kabul university student, who in the course of one night finds himself … Continue reading Descend into the Labyrinth: Reading Atiq Rahimi’s A Thousand Rooms of Dreams and Fear