The Virginia Quarterly Review

The Virginia Quarterly Review is a magazine focusing on current and historical literary subjects. Since it was founded in 1925, it is produced quarterly. The magazine is published by the Virginia Quarterly Review.Subjects for The Virginia Quarterly Review include literature and literary reviews. The editor is Ted Genoways. Contributing editors are Molly Minturn and Kevin Morrissey

Articles from Vol. 88, No. 1, Winter

A Violent Prone, Poor People Zone
The Dadaab Refugee Camp and the Eastleigh neighborhood of Nairobi have seen an influx of hundreds of thousands of Somalis seeking a better life-but, as often as not, Kenya can offer them little.DAWN CAME TWICE TO NAIROBI THAT morning, once when the sun...
Babu on the Bad Road
A faith healer has brought hope to hundreds of thousands- hut he has also convinced them to abandon HIV medication.Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God.- Revelation 22:1ON January...
Facing Mogadishu
PORTRAITS OF LIFE IN THE CAPITAL OF VIOLENCEFrom a few thousand feet above the Indian Ocean, where I sat with my face pressed against a Perspex window, Mogadishu was resplendent. You couldn't see the holes from that height, the gaping craters that had...
In Somalia's Shadow
In Somaliland, a would-be nation struggles toward a democratic future-even as it wrestles with the legacy of a war it can't forget.R. Aden Ismail, a tall, heavy-set man whose size and expensive watch marked him out as a qurbajoog, or returnee, took a...
Mountains of Gold
The Rosia Montana mine is one of the oldest mines in the world, but now it threatens to destroy the ancient village it long ago built.THE ORGAN MOANS AND THE PREACHER sings off-key, but the music is majestic. The whole church resounds with the hymn,...
Sleeping Alone
I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THE FIRST TIME I did anything, I just wanted them to suffer some easily remedied discomfort. I didn't care that Tusker, too, would have to suffer for as long as the others did: a whole day before I recommended the turmeric and...
The Burned Earth
PORTRAITS OF EX-PRISONERS OF EGYPT'S EMERGENCY LAWThe term "burned earth" finds its roots in an ancient military strategy of destroying your enemy's crops by setting them ablaze, of torching their homes and food stores, defeating them not by direct warfare...
The Composer
ON THE JUNE NIGHT OF DOLPHY'S PASSING, the composer is in New York, holding forth about the size of space. An audience has gathered to hear him speak. Perhaps they recognize him, but more likely they only think they do. He is wide as a boxcar and not...
The Dadaab Suite
AS THE UN WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME charter plane en route to Nairobi sped along the dirt airstrip to its lifting speed and began its ascent, I looked down at the sprawl of white tents and clusters of globular huts below where I had just spent a life-altering...
The Faces of Tahrir Square
Last spring's protests were only the beginning of a much longer struggle.EGYPTIANS ARE FAMOUS TALKERS. WHEN I lived in Cairo in 2008 and 2009, I whiled away entire days at the grubby street-side cafés, practicing my Egyptian slang and getting my ass...
The Horn's Dilemma
In spring 1985, with everyone's expectant parents sweating and wedged into the auditorium chairs, it was my appointed task to kick off the school's year-end performance by plinking out the opening strains of "We Are the World" on the music teacher's...
The Road to Revolution
"Why does our country long for us so savagely?What could we possibly give her that hasn't already been taken?"- Hisham Matar, In the Country of MenTripoli, late November 2010"The other day, all of a sudden, it really began to bother me: will I ever see...
The Teardrop of the Subcontinent
A TOUR OF THE LITERATURE OF SRI LANKAI am with Ayathurai Santhan in Jaffna, just off the southeastern tip of India, a spot of land in the Indian ocean that is sometimes described as the "teardrop" of the subcontinent: Sri Lanka. At the side of a modest...