Words without Borders announces its October 2011 issue: Writing from Iceland


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Contact: Joshua Mandelbaum, Executive Director
Organization Name: Words without Borders
E-mail Address: [email protected]
Web site Address: www.wordswithoutborders.org
Words without Borders announces its October issue: Writing from Iceland

New York City, New York, October 1, 2011—Words without Borders (WWB) magazine announces the publication of an issue of writing from Iceland.

What sort of literature would a nation with a literacy rate of 100%, the highest per capita publication of books and magazines in the world, and a population famous for its love of fiction and poetry produce? This month WWB showcases fiction and poetry from Iceland.

Editorial director Susan Harris notes, "Iceland’s thriving literary culture has fostered a vibrant and diverse national literature, grounded in the sagas, fresh as today's news, shot through with sly wit and the Nordic flair for storytelling."

The star writers included here include Gyrðir Elíasson and Sjón. In an indictment of greed and the plundering of natural resources, Nordic Council Literature Prizewinner Elíasson discovers hell on earth, also known as Ikea.  Former Sugarcube Sjón turns from lyrics to verse, finding Marie Curie in a portrait by Edvard Munch. We thank Bókmenntasjóður/The Icelandic Literature Fund for their support.

In our second feature this month, we present poetry from China, with new work by Yu Jian, Hsia Yu, and Yu Xiang.

For additional information, please contact:
Contact: Joshua Mandelbaum, Executive Director
Organization Name: Words without Borders
Email Address: j[email protected]
Website Address: www.wordswithoutborders.org
Founded in 2003, Words without Borders is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of global understanding through the translation, publication, and promotion of international literature. To date WWB has translated over 1,200 pieces of literature and poetry representing 90 languages by writers from 111 countries. WWB has been featured in the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, the Boston Globe, the Guardian (UK), Vanity Fair, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as in various foreign-language papers and numerous literary blogs. Our most recent print anthology is Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East (W.W. Norton & Co., 2010).