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Voice from the Planet Paperback – May 10, 2010
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Sincere, credible and authentic... a truly global piece of literature
Spanning continents... taps into an unacknowledged psyche... You may reach the end with an appreciation of the staid, stagnant state of Western literature.
--Truth about Books
"Planet is designed to be a conversation as well as a collection of short stories. Love the story, or disagree with something? Drop the author a note . . . The authors' varied nationalities marks a new era in fiction."
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Award-winning and new authors from Congo to Hollywood join forces in Harvard Square Editions' second volume of Living Fiction, and they are donating the net proceeds from the sale of this book to the Nobel Prize-winning charity Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).Most anthologies are limited by their themes to a particular town or country, reinforcing entrenched literary nationalism whereby institutionalized literati only appreciate their own. Not Voice from the Planet. This collection of extraordinary voices is unlimited. It will transport you on a globe-trotting adventure from the trauma of African earthquake to a lush glimpse of love in the jungles of Peru. Break through to war-torn Congo, to American rebellion of the 1960s, to fire dancing in the mountains of Bulgaria, to high finance on 9/11. You'll find the unexpected wit and intelligence enthralling. The second in a series of anthologies of Living Fiction edited by Harvard alumni, Voice from the Planet is generative. It opens a forum where readers and Planet authors can engage in cyberliterary dialogue via the Internet. Readers can take part in the dialogue by emailing the authors and chatting on the web at www.harvardsquareeditions.org
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An eclectic collection of short essays from every corner of the globe, this anthology follows its successful predecessor, the first Voice from the Planet. True to its raison d'etre, the anthology varies in range, showing the differences inherent throughout the world both in diversity and in writers; authors are both seasoned, and neophytes, and the stories cover everything from the devastation of surviving 9/11 to the mystery that is the Bulgarian fire dancers. Expertly edited by Harvard alumni, these essays and in particular, their authors serve a lofty purpose in that any proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the international medical humanitarian organization, Doctors Without Borders. Knowing that makes the reading all the richer and it is already a very rich experience, each story as diverse as a fingerprint and well worth the time taken to read this interesting volume.
Voice from the Planet
This anthology from Harvard Square Editions offers wit, beauty, suspense, and an array of diverse and curious experiences. In Ruben Varda's clever and entertaining "Consultation," a professor advises a "talented, but somewhat presumptuous student" whose programming assignment has great implications for, well--us. The late Carlos Victoria's "Under the Poinciana Tree" is a wonderfully textured story that hinges on a watchman's alarming find in the starry Cuban night. In Susan Lindheim's "Sunflower," when a woman seeks word of her missing brother in Slovakia, her journey turns alternately puzzling and threatening.
The authors' biographical notes are well worth reading, too, revealing such items as "a narrow escape with an A.B. from Harvard" (D. E. Tingle, author of "Boisterous Devotion") and "has traveled to 38 countries, including several which no longer exist" (Susan Lindheim, author of "Sunflower").
This is literature without borders, appropriately so, since net proceeds from the book's sales benefit Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières.