Friday, April 18, 2014

Suzanne Ruta

Suzanne Ruta is a native New Yorker who has lived for long periods in France, Switzerland, Chiapas and northern New Mexico where in the mid-nineties she co-founded a thriving immigrants’ rights group.

Her short story collection Stalin in the Bronx (Grove Press) was a New York Times notable book of the year. Her stories, essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Grand Street, Bookforum and many other publications. She lives in New York City.


Suzanne Ruta: Photographing Algeria

In 2004, just around the time the Abu Ghraib scandal broke, an exhibition of photographs from the Algerian war opened in Paris. During that war, 1954-1962, press censorship in France was intense, and indeed censorship and propaganda was one of the themes of this groundbreaking exhibit. The worst photo on display – I don’t like to talk about it even now – showed a young Algerian woman, naked, standing between two French draftees who have her by the arms.
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