Cages come in all shapes and sizes. Some are portable, others fixed in place. Some are invisible, others obstruct every view. Some are mental, others of an undeniable steel. In literature, restriction or confinement often leads to storytelling, to a character who writes or speaks her way out a situation. In real life, liberty can't always be attained through the words of one person alone, but through the voice of many we can try to subvert and circumvent the thousands of walls that still exist.
Chloe Aridjis is a London-based Mexican writer. Her first novel, Book of Clouds, won the French Prix du Premier Roman Etranger and her second novel, Asunder, came out in 2013. She has a DPhil from Oxford in nineteenth-century French poetry and magic shows.