Constructing the Megacity through new writing

Megacity Fictions launches with two pieces from the Filipino megacity Manila – a short story by Jessica Zafra and a graphic Noir by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo. Coming soon: writing from Moscow, São Paulo, Chongqing and Jakarta.

Interview from Jakarta: Leila and Rain Chudhori

Rain Chudhori, whose debut short story collection was published in 2015 and is now in its third imprint, interviews her mother Leila Chudhori, award-winning script writer, novelist and short story writer, about Jakarta, the megacity they both call home. Why is Jakarta important to you? Jakarta is important to me because that's the city I…

Film from Jakarta: Copy of My Mind

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JigYotRQoY ‘The most important thing is to move’ – Jakarta and the drifting figure   Short story writer Rain Chudori’s review of acclaimed Indonesian film director Joko Anwar’s Jakarta film ‘Copy of My Mind’ "Are you afraid?" Alek asks Sari, the young woman lying next to him. Sari of the billowing hair, of the coquettish…

Fiction from Moscow: The Broken Doll

By Liza Alexandrova-Zorina Translated by Natasha Perova This excerpt of Alexandrova-Zorina’s acclaimed second novel focusses on the underbelly of Moscow’s labour-market. A fascinating portrait of what Moscow’s poor do to survive – and of the people who profit from them. This excerpt was first published in the Russian journal of translation GLAS: http://www.glas.msk.su/ A person’s…

Poetry from Moscow: Along the Garden Ring

By Larisa Miller Translated by Natalie Roy A Lyrical poem investigating the changing landscape of the megacity Moscow, from one of the country’s foremost poets, Larisa Miller.     Along the Garden Ring and Begovaya They’re digging incessantly here and there, Huge sledgehammers pounding At the shabby houses condemned to demolition, To the accompaniment of…

Graphic Fiction from Manila: Thirteen Stations (Part 1)

The story Thirteen Stations, by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo, is part of the TRESE series of graphic novels. Set in Metro Manila, these stories follow the occult investigator Alexandrea Trese, who gets called by the police whenever the case involve supernatural creatures and gods from Phillipine mythology. The TRESE stories seek to explore what…

Fiction from Manila : LAMENTATIONS 5:23

A short story from the prolific writer and journalist Jessica Zafra, a Manila local. The fractured structure mirrors the intensity of life in the megacity, whilst the taxi-driver draws attention to one of the great themes of the megacity: traffic.     The city of Manila yawns, coughs, and awakens to the crowing of roosters,…

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