The Seagull Blog

Ravish Kumar. On Being a Migrant.

'Life takes you to a platform where you are constantly changing trains or waiting for one to take you elsewhere' I have an aluminium trunk last carted in 2004, when I moved from a rented flat to my own apartment. It’s been lying in the same place ever since. Occasionally, I repla
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Reinhard Jirgl. On Being a Writer.

At the beginning I had no intention of making writing a career or earning any money. Back then, when I began (around 1975 and the years thereafter), I did not think of writing as a calling at all; I had sought a path for the, at that time, existentially unsatisfactory situation I’d put myself int
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Hans Magnus Enzensberger, on Seagull’s unique annual catalogues

So the magpie adorns its nest with everything it finds, no matter how nondescript.It likes to pull out everything that glitters, not caring much whether it’s paste or diamond.My magpies are / indispensable, / they laugh at me.There’s no relying on you, / magpies. / How you surpass me.You do know wha
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A Note from the Publisher

Independence. Of choice. To do what you want to and not be dictated by ‘target audiences’. No one can know for certain what people will read. It is always after the ‘event’ that one grows wise to the fact. Often the same wisdom winks back at you and asks, ‘What if you throw me out of the window and
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