Posted on July 14, 2023 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Two pieces of literature inspired by humanity's darker side are seeing new life right now.

The perhaps less surprising one is the poetry of Zuzanna Ginczanka, who died in the Holocaust before she even turned thirty.

Poetry Foundation describes her as a stateless Polish-language poet (she was born in Russia and later moved to Poland) whose work was received well during her lifetime, then suppressed during the Soviet era.

The site highlights two new English translations of Ginczanka's work.

A less traditional revival is under way for Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower.

NPR reports on singer-songwriter Toshi Reagon and her mother, activist and singer Bernice Johnson Reagon, who have adapted Sower into an opera.

The piece on the musical version of Parable of the Sower explores its prescience, as it turns thirty and as we approach the year in which it's set.

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