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November, 2015

WWB Weekend: Dublin Literary Award Longlist

The longlist for the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award (formerly IMPAC Dublin) has been announced, and it’s full of outstanding work by WWB contributors! We’re especially excited to see Carmen Boullosa’s Texas: The Great Theft, translated by WWB founding...

Where the Sidewalk Bends: One Year Later

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At the tail end of my nine months in Rio de Janeiro last year, after first living in centrally located Laranjeiras followed by a brief stint beachside in Copacabana, I decided I need a change of scenery if I was going to make any real progress on my project: researching and translating...

The New Literature From Europe Festival As It Happened: Women in Translation

Between 2008 and 2014, 2,471 fiction books appeared in English for the first time: 1,775 of those books were written by men, compared to 657 by women, and 39 by both men and women. Female writers make up only 26.6% of the translations published over the past seven years. At the Bowery...

The City and the Writer: In Cairo with Youssef Rakha

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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...

New Fiction in Translation: From “The Boys”

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The following is an excerpt from Toni Sala's short novel The Boys, translated by Mara Faye Lethem and out November 10 from Two Lines Press. The novel opens in the once-bucolic Catalonian village of Vidreres. Ravaged by a harsh recession, the town now has to come to...

The New Literature From Europe Festival As It Happened: From Page to Stage

American writer Paul Theroux once said that “scriptwriting is drudgery, a massive insult to the brain of a person who cares about the nuances of language; it is no more literary than elaborating a recipe for clam chowder.” Theroux has written nine screenplays and explained that...

The 2015 WWB Gala: Celebrating Sara Bershtel and International Literature

WWB staff, board, contributors, supporters, and readers gathered on Monday night at Tribeca 360 to celebrate Words Without Borders and honor Metropolitan Books publisher Sara Bershtel with the 2015 Ottaway Award for International Literature. After a spirited cocktail hour, guests sat...

New Fiction in Translation: 自害 (Jigai), Part 2

This is the second of two installments of Samuel Archibald's "自害 (Jigai)," from the short story collection Arvida, forthcoming in the US by Biblioasis on November 24. The collection has been shortlisted for the Giller Prize, Canada's largest award for...

October, 2015

New Fiction in Translation: 自害 (Jigai)

This is the first of two installments of Samuel Archibald's "自害 (Jigai)," from the short story collection Arvida, forthcoming in the US from Biblioasis on November 24. The collection has been shortlisted for the Giller Prize, Canada's largest award for...

From the Contributor: fs, Poet and DJ

You already know that October issue contributor fs is a poet. (You can find his poem "[i wish there was a god]" from this month's issue of Estonian literature here.) What you may not have realized is that he's also a DJ. We asked him to put together a playlist of music by Estonian...

International Graphic Novels at New York Comic Con: Brazil and France

On October 8-11, 2015, the Javits Center hosted the tenth edition of the New York Comic Con, gathering a crowd of 170,000 fans, many in costume, eager to meet creators and characters. Among so many masks, tights, and capes, there was also space for international comics, discussed on two...

The City and the Writer: In Cairo with Mohamed Farag

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October 2015 Special Series: Egypt   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....

WWB Weekend: Election Globe Trot

As governments around the world prepare to elect the next leaders (and as we get ready for our annual Globe Trot), we’re charting a literary itinerary of writing from countries that will hold local or national elections this weekend: Argentina: Our October 2010 issue,...

The City and the Writer: In Cairo with Gihan Omar

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October 2015 Special Series: Egypt   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....

Poetry and the Curse: On Censorship in India

If the free exchange of ideas is the oxygen of democracy, India’s vaunted open society is in grave danger of asphyxiation. On the morning of August 30, 2015, renowned Kannada rationalist scholar M. M. Kalburgi was shot dead, allegedly by right-wing assailants on a motorcycle. This...

The Week in Translation

GO   what: ALTA38: Translation & Traffic  when: Oct 28-31 where: Tucson, AZ more info: http://ow.ly/SKSBH   what: The Bridge: On Translating Non-Fiction with Sal Robinson, Shelley Frisch, and Catherine Porter, co-presented by the PEN American Center...

WWB Weekend: Writing from Indonesia

As Indonesia wraps up its starring role as the guest of honor at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, we’re shining a spotlight this weekend on Indonesian writing from our archives. Our January 2009 issue, “Tropical Currents: Writing by Indonesian Women,” offers up...

João and Maria: An Excerpt from Susana Moreira Marques’s “Now and at the Hour of our Death”

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The following is an excerpt from Susana Moreira Marques's Now and at the Hour of our Death, a nonfiction work that resulted from Moreira Marques's trip with a palliative care team to Trás-os-Montes, a forgotten corner of northern Portugal, a rural area...

The City and the Writer: In Alexandria with Maher Sherif

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October 2015 Special Series: Egypt   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....

The Unveiling of Bulgarian Literature

Translated by Milena Deleva Can you find Bulgaria on the map? What about the literary map? If its location—somewhere at the southeast end of Europe—is somewhat known to some people, in literary terms Bulgaria remains a deep mystery, especially in the Anglophone world. Have...

WWB Weekend: Nobel Hall of Fame

This WWB Weekend, we give you an overview of the Nobel laureates we’ve published. We were tickled to hear that Svetlana Alexievich had won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature (for more on that, see editorial director Susan Harris’s response and our office pool, which was cut...

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature: It’s Svetlana Alexievich

Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich has won the 2015 Nobel Prize in literature for "her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.” Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, noted, “For the past thirty or...

Storm in the Andes: A Country’s Journey through Hell

Translated by Anna Heath It’s Saturday afternoon and I receive a call from a friend of mine. He’s a Peruvian who, despite living in London for more than a decade, still expects to meet up with me at only an hour’s notice. This man has been known to show up unannounced at...

The City and the Writer: Special Series from Egypt, October 2015

Photography by Mohamed Farag About an hour before I get to downtown Cairo, which is to say that I get to one of its outskirts, I am thirsty. And I never quench that thirst while I am there. I’ve always run from Cairo, only stayed there because that’s where the plane landed....

The City and the Writer: In Alexandria with Khaled Raouf

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October 2015 Special Series: Egypt     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....

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