Literary Nonfiction. GROUNDSWELL is a collection of border narratives, rituals, and biographies of Grenzgaenger. Inside the narrator's dream to return home, we encounter the living archive of walls and ruins. Along Germany's former east-west division or the southwest borderlands of the US and Mexico, the ground begins to swarm with stories. The multivocal text, composed from oral histories and memories, presents voices at the crossroads who weave a map between teller and listener, site and onlooker, the dead and the living as well as the walking body and earth itself.
Yanara Friedland is a writer and translator born in Berlin. Her first book UNCOUNTRY: A MYTHOLOGY was the winner of the 2015 Noemi Press Fiction award and is published in German translation with Matthes & Seitz (2021). Her collection of essays GROUNDSWELL (Essay Press, 2021) has been supported by grants from the DAAD and Arizona Commission on the Arts. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she teaches at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies and is writing a book on sleeplessness.Author City: USA