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August 21st, 2017

A Playlist for Négar Djavadi’s “Désorientale”: 7 Punk Classics

by Susan Harris

Négar Djavadi’s wonderfully titled novel Désorientale tracks the life of a woman who flees her native Iran for France as a teenager in 1981. In the extract in this…read more

August 18th, 2017

The City and the Writer—In Łódź with Mark Tardi

by Nathalie Handal

If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo…read more

August 3rd, 2017

25 Recent Works by Women Writers to Read for #WITmonth

by Jessie Chaffee

As we celebrate Women in Translation month, we’re looking back at exciting works by women writers from around the world published this past year. Here are 25 to add to your reading…read more

August 17th, 2016

Where Are the Women in Translation? Here Are 31 to Read Now.

by Liz Cettina

In 2013 Alison Anderson asked, “Where are the women in translation?” In celebration of Women in Translation month, here are books by 31 women writers from around the world to…read more

August 16th, 2017

Bringing a Palestinian Poet’s Story to the Stage: An Interview with Amer Hlehel

by Jessie Chaffee

Amer Hlehel is the author and performer of the play Taha, which tells the story of the celebrated Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali. Adapted from Adina Hoffman’s biography My Happiness…read more

August 14th, 2017

The Watchlist: August 2017

by M. Bartley Seigel

Every month, emeritus Words Without Borders reviews editor M. Bartley Seigel reaches out into the wide world from his home on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper…read more


Book Reviews

“Black Moses” by Alain Mabanckou

Reviewed by Emily Lever

“A Fortune Foretold” by Agneta Pleijel

Reviewed by Allison Grimaldi-Donahue

“Inheritance from Mother” by Minae Mizumura

Reviewed by Michelle Kyoko Crowson

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