(1961, US) is a child psychologist, human rights activist and writer, who has spent his career working in Latin and Central America to prevent and overcome violence, for instance in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. He has published several works of nonfiction, including Dying to be Men: youth, masculinity and social exclusion (Routledge, 2005). Barker's literary debut was Luisa's last words, a love story at the time of the civil war in Guatemala. Now there is a new novel by the author politically engaged. He recently published How the lights get in, a novel about sexual violence against women, situated in Congo, a country devastated by conflict and war.
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Two writers with diverse cultural backgrounds talk about the role of sex and violence in their literary work. The Indonesian writer Linda Christanty highlights religious, political and gender themes. In his novels Gary Barker - who calls himself a 'masculine feminist' - describes love in times of violence and war, situated in Latin America and Congo. In English.
Gary Barker replaces the Chinese Geling Yan, who for health reasons will not perfom today. She will be peforming on Saturday night.