Fiction. 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.
Yanara Friedland is a German–American writer, translator, and teacher. She holds a PhD from the University of Denver and is the recipient of a 2016 DAAD research grant at the B/ORDERS in Motion Institute. She is author of the novel UNCOUNTRY: A MYTHOLOGY, the 2015 winner of the Noemi Fiction Prize. Abraq ad Habra: I will create as I speak, a digital chapbook, is available from Essay Press. She is a member of the poets' theater group GASP: Girls Assembling Something Perpetual and of the POG board of directors, a poetry reading series in Tucson, ArizonaAuthor City: Las Cruces, NM USA