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“One of the many joys of reading is that of being transported to another world, far from our own, In this edition, writers explore the messy afterlife of colonialism, and grapple with how to shape our identity in today’s Commonworld.

“You never lose the view you grow up with. Whether it’s a windswept mountain or the sea or a tower block, the images that frame your childhood stay with you.”

This novel deserved the prize: She handed it to Catriona: thick, mango-yellow cover, an image of the curled petal of a hibiscus flower in free-fall.”

“If a tombstone is a work of literature, what does it mean if it can only tell you that the body that lies beneath is unknown?”

“This hat has travelled from Russia to Afghanistan. It belonged to the Tsar’s cousin. During the Bolshevik revolution his valet escaped with it.”

“Being a hybrid, a creole, has given me the gift of double sight, a double take from the outside, and this goes both ways.”

“There is a common world, and one of the things we have in common at the moment is a lot of divisions, but literature has always existed in those moments and through those moments.”

Robert Huggins’s photos remind us that literature lives like people everywhere in the world.