Yanara Friedland discusses her new collection, Uncountry: A Mythology.
Praise for Uncountry
"Deep in the ethical vision of these prose pieces (each so dreamlike it seems the dream itself is dreaming) arrives the suggestion that the events of history—the heart-nulling wars, the Holocaust, the refugees broken by their own resistance; but also the personal fact, the harm of being anyone—reach back into the ancient tales and refuse them their pre-ordained eternity." Dan Beachy Quick
"As a descendent of Chantal Akerman and Unica Zürn—among others—Friedland reimagines the origin myth. Friedland’s permeable pages allow the reader entryway into a “mirror [that] becomes an open door,” a door through which we hear the echo of Ana Mendieta telling us “There is no original past to redeem: there is the void.” Uncountry is an invitation to that void, and Friedland serves as dream guide through this blend of the personal, political, and stunningly poetic." Lily Hoang
Winner of the 2015 Noemi Press Fiction Award. UNCOUNTRY: A MYTHOLOGY is a collection of narratives that aim to expand creative pathways into historical space, particularly histories of migration and displacement. It is divided into four Histories: Ash, Breath, Hunger and Blood. The four Histories explore the gaps between "remembered" official history and the more unreliable spaces of private memory and unspoken unofficial history. The storylines re–contextualize and re–imagine content from mythic spaces, such as German folktales and Eastern European Jewish lore, historical narratives as well as anecdotes from oral family memory. UNCOUNTRY furthermore explores the notion of invisible landscapes; an accumulation of stories, memories, dreams and desires, over–layering the visible place: a record of the human, animal and geographical history that we move through.