Sofia Samatar : The Winged Histories
"If you love stories but distrust them, if you love language & can also see how it is used as a tool or a weapon in the maintenance of status quo, then read The Winged Histories."- Marion Deeds, Fantasy Literature; "Told by four different women, it is a story of war; not epic battles of good & evil, but the attempt to make things right & the realities of violence wielded by one human against another, by one group against another.
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Sofia Samatar's interrogation and reshaping of the epic
Epics are generally tales not only of cultural contact, but of cultural conquest. In her latest book, The Winged Histories, Sofia Samatar takes a genre she loves but has misgivings about, and flips the script. We talk about the ways she interrogates and reshapes the epic, about Afrofuturism, about how African literature has influenced her writing, about her favorite sentence in literature, and much more.