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December, 2015

A Bloody Past: On Censorship in Indonesia

On October 23, I received news from the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival: due to warnings from local police, the festival had to cancel sessions related to 1965 anti-communist massacres and their aftermath. I was shocked and outraged, especially after attending successful discussions...

The City and the Writer: In Yasuf with Hannah Khalil

Special Series: Literary Maps       FATHER: Traveling is a lonely business. COUSIN: You don’t understand – everyone left the village. It’s like a ghost town. MOTHER: What do you mean? COUSIN: There were still clothes hanging on the lines – but...

WWB Weekend: Our Germans of the Year(s)

Time’s anointing of German chancellor Angela Merkel as Person of the Year has sparked the predictable debate, but there’s no arguing the quality of the many German pieces we’ve published during (and before) her term. Most recently, Ulrike Ulrich was...

History, War, and Writing: Notes from the Conrad Festival in Krakow

Photo: Thomasz Wiech / the Conrad Festival The first day of my one-week trip to Krakow, during which I planned to learn more about Polish literature by attending the seventh annual Conrad Festival, spending time at the Krakow Book Fair, touring the city, and meeting with authors, agents,...

The City and the Writer: In Toronto with Antanas Sileika

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....

Words Without Borders Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Savannah Whiting, Communications Associate Email Address: [email protected] Words Without Borders Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant   New York City, New York, December 8, 2015—The National Endowment for the...

WWB Weekend: More from Madagascar

As Allison M. Charette notes in her illuminating introduction to this month’s issue, very few Malagasy writers have been translated into English, and only a handful of authors in Madagascar can support themselves with their writing. One author you’ll find in both categories...

The City and the Writer: In Montreal with Dimitri Nasrallah

Photo credit: Maica Armata 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.                    ...

November, 2015

WWB Weekend: On the Road to (Not) Giving Thanks, or the Hell That Is Family

As the US celebrates the Thanksgiving holiday, families come together to eat, give thanks, and enjoy (or tolerate) each other’s company. The prickly father, distracted mother, sullen adolescent, whiny children, and cranky baby packed into the car in Naja Marie Aidt’s “Car...

The Translator Relay: Amaia Gabantxo

Our "Translator Relay" series features a new interview each month. This month's translator will choose the next interviewee, adding a different, sixth question. For November's installment, Jason Grunebaum passed the baton to Amaia Gabantxo, a writer, flamenco singer,...

The City and the Writer: In Cape Town with Margie Orford

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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 Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you describe the mood...

But We Still Have Our Words

In the Marais that Friday, November 13, the air was light and mild as I left the indie press festival Salon L’Autre Livre, reinvigorated by reunions and conversations with poet and publisher friends. Crowds lingered in the streets, happy to be seated with a drink on a café...

WWB Weekend: Pol Pot’s Smile

This month’s issue of Words without Borders brings readers a delightfully diverse selection of Cambodian literature ranging from ancient poetry to rap music. But this isn’t our first foray into Cambodia. In our October 2009 issue, “Foreign...

Iván Repila: An Interview with Sophie Hughes

Iván Repila (Bilbao, 1978) is a writer, editor and cultural events manager. He is the co-founder of the press Masmédula Ediciones, which specializes in poetry. Iván has worked for various national and international organizations and institutions, producing,...

We Have a New Blog Editor!

We’re pleased to welcome Katrine Øgaard Jensen as the new blog editor of Words without Borders. She joined us this week and has hit the ground running with new, exciting plans for our Dispatches blog. Katrine comes to us with experience as a literary translator, editor,...

The City and the Writer: In Port Harcourt with Chinelo Okparanta

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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...

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...

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