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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....

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature: Latest Odds (and the End in Sight)

The Nobels kicked off today with the prize in medicine, and the Swedish Academy has revealed that the literature award will be announced this Thursday. The cheerily named NicerOdds (owned by one Håkan Klingén, whose first diacritic suggests an inner track to the...

WWB Weekend: Magdy El Shafee’s “Metro”

This Banned Books Week, we’re looking back on the saga of Magdy El Shafee’s Metro, which Words without Borders excerpted in our February 2008 Graphic Novel issue. At that time, Malamih publishing house had slated Metro’s release later that year. Portraying Cairo as a...

As It Happened: Translation at the Brooklyn Book Festival

This year's Brooklyn Book Festival feature two presentations by the PEN Translation Committee of the PEN American Center in New York. If you couldn't make it, fear not: Words without Borders was and below you'll find a round-up of these two exciting events. As It...

September, 2015

As It Happened: PEN American Center “Translating Books for Youth” at the Brooklyn Book Festival

At the Brooklyn Book Festival, the PEN Translation Committee brought together three translators and one publisher of international children’s books for a conversation about the importance of bringing books from non-English speaking countries to young readers in the United States....

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature: Our Office Pool

Between the World Cup and the World Series comes high season for world literature: time to place your bets on this year's candidates for the Nobel Prize in Literature. You can read two of the usual suspects, Adonis and Ko Un, right here, as well as laureates Herta Müller, J. M....

The Week in Translation

GO   what: ALTA38: Translation & Traffic  when: Oct 28-31 (Early registration ends today, Sept. 28) where: Tucson, AZ more info: http://ow.ly/SKSBH   what: "Translation in the Margins" Symposium when: Saturday, October 3, 10:30am-7:30pm where: Free Word...

Words without Borders Conversations: Clarice Lispector with Benjamin Moser & Edgard Telles Ribeiro

Recently, New Directions released Clarice Lispector's The Complete Stories (reviewed here in the New York Times), translated by Katrina Dodson and edited by Benjamin Moser. During Moser's recent stop through New York, Words without Borders editor Eric M. B. Becker sat down with...

WWB Weekend: Make Way for Cardinals

Pope Francis’s visit to the United States means many things to many people. Granted, so does Catholicism. But whether you’re rerouting your commute through Washington, New York, or Philadelphia, or if you're just seeing media coverage of Francis’s every move,...

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