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Editorial no. 6

stadtsprachen magazin (2018)

Editorial no. 6

Do we read to avoid grieving for the life we’re not living? To rediscover intimacy and disconnection, love and loss? Through the dangling thread of fiction, we map out the occurrences of intimacy like a crooked constellation in the (web) pages of our magazine. Those quiet moments both petal kissed and flaming; the sound of feet shuffling, shoes scraping.

Fiction is a testament to the past, to memories. To the ebb and flow of thoughts, ever-fluid and shifting. What is the past worth? What are memories worth? Are they a currency? Do we trade memory for motion, and is the time the measure? Can we move forward and still remember? We do not recollect. We do not retrieve the past through memory but rather incite representations of it. Fiction and poetry aim at the unconcealment, to record and relive these little illuminations, matches struck in the dark.

Along that line, we’ve collected new multilingual stories and slung them across our keyboards, until their scent wafted up the screen and spilled all across our editorial office.


Ewa Maria Slaska: Annett Gröschner: Abgesang in der Ringbahn

Nell Zink: Nikotin

Julia Kissina: Das Lächeln der Axt

William Cody Maher: Sonst was

Claudia Sierich: Ein Kuss den ich munde

Dagmara Kraus: moira, moira kusche

Mathilde Ramadier: Sartre

Maroula Blades: Mandala

Ekaterina Vassilieva: Geschichte einer Krankheit

Pepetual Mforbe: Linking Words: Was bisher geschah

Widad Nabi: Hätte ich ein Gartenherz

Alistair Noon: Die Wissenschaftsseite

Izaskun Gracia: da ist eine Stimme

Lars Jongeblod: Overwhelming

Irena Ivanova: Hotel “Cardoso”

Jacques Schmitz: Alle 14: Treffer!

Salah Yousif: Das offene Schweigen

Göksu Kunak: Urgent

Claudia Sierich: Prognose

Clementine Ewokolo Burnley: Die Zukunft Afrikanischer Literatur

Martha Gantier Balderrama: Bilder einer Berliner Regennacht

Marek Maj: Für

Boris Schapiro: Berlin


Joey Bahlsen & Birger Hoyer
Redaktion stadtsprachen magazin


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