This month we present writing from Cambodia. In a departure from our usual contemporary focus, we're offering a selection of texts ranging from twelfth-century poetry to twentieth-century song, outlining Cambodian history as revealed in its literature. Translated from Khmer, French, and Sanskrit, and complemented by mesmerizing audio recordings, the prose and poetry here bring this little known literary tradition to English. In work by two survivors of the Khmer Rouge, the great poet U Sam Oeur recalls his childhood during the Japanese occupation of the 1940s, and Soth Polin considers filial devotion and betrayal. Laura Jean McKay speaks with writer, musician, and artist Oum Sophany about her journals from the Khmer Rouge regime. Kham Pun Kimny comes clean on his love of the road, and poet Ukñā Suttantaprījā Ind (Oknha Sottanpreychea Oen) records a nineteenth-century pilgrimage to Angkor Wat. Pioneer woman Khmer poet Queen Indradevi eulogizes her sister and her king, while Cambodia's first rap star busts a modern move. And the "Elvis of Cambodia," Sinn Sisamouth, performs Kong Bunchhoeun's ode to the Sangkae River. Guest editor Sharon May contributes an illuminating introduction. Elsewhere, we run three pieces from the German and the Czech on train travel and publish the final installment of our fiction serial with Peruvian writer Carlos Yushimito.

Fiction Serial

Found on the Tracks: European Writing on Train Travel

Fish Television

I was clouds transforming, a sinking billow.

Travel by Train

thus it is proven once again that / luck is a swallow on a telegraph wire

Book Reviews

Liu Xia’s “Empty Chairs”

Liu’s collection resides in a place of isolation, a place brimming with shadows, specters, and half-issued words.

Evald Flisar’s “My Father’s Dreams”

My Father's Dreams is considered by many critics to be Flisar's best novel.