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April, 2016

2016 Man Booker International Q&A: Carlos Rojas

Carlos Rojas is the translator of Yan Lianke's The Four Books (2015), which is shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. His other translations include Yan Lianke's Lenin's Kisses (2012), and Yu Hua's Brothers: A Novel (2009),...

2016 Man Booker International Q&A: Yan Lianke

Yan Lianke was born in 1958 in Henan Province, China. He is the author of many novels and short story collections and has won China's two top literary awards, the Lu Xun in 2000 for Nian, yue, ri (The Year, the Month, the Day) and the Lao She in 2004...

New Fiction in Translation: From “Paris Vagabond”

Photograph: Patrice Molinard Jean Paul-Clébert's Paris Vagabond will be published by New York Review Books on April 12, 2016. The forthcoming edition is translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith and accompanied by the photographs of Clébert's...

Tweeting our Greatest Hits for #NPM16

In honor of National Poetry Month, Words Without Borders will be tweeting some of the best worldwide poetry in translation from our archives, selected by our editorial director Susan Harris. We begin with Burundian poet Ketty Nivyabandi's "Izina." In the coming weeks, look...

March, 2016

An Interview with Najat El Hachmi

Words Without Borders speaks with Moroccan-Catalan writer Najat El Hachmi about language, identity, and the possibilities and limits of translation. Writer Najat El Hachmi (left) and her novel La filla estrangera (right) Najat El Hachmi was born in Morocco...

From the Translator: On “A Red Lighter in the Heart of M.”

Collusion in French Watermelon Sugar. Collaboration through a Common Denominator. Abbaye Sainte-Marie de Lagrasse, a Benedictine abbey rebuilt in the late eight century, and the location of the translation residency where Chris Clarke met Mohammed El Khadiri, whose story A Red...

WWB Weekend: Grammar(s) of Easter

Spring continues apace: we’ve barely caught our breath after Nowruz and Easter is upon us. Before we don our bonnets and highstep off to the parade, we’ll warm up with two Paschal celebrations from the archives. Set in an immigrant community in Bologna, Gabriella...

The City and the Writer: In Santa Fe with Valerie Martínez

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.                              ...

From the Translator: On “They Told You”

Olivia Baes's translation of Khadija Arouhal's They Told You appears in the March 2016 Words without Borders issue on Moroccan literature. When Emma Ramadan asked me to translate Khadija Arouhal’s poem “They Told You,” I was honored and...

WWB Weekend: Nowruz Mubarak, or Happy 1375

Sunday brings Nowruz, the spring festival celebrated across the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Although Zoroastrian in origin and still observed as a holy day in that and other religions, the holiday has evolved into a secular...

An Interview with Fouad Laroui

Words Without Borders caught up with Fouad Laroui, whose Prix Goncourt-winning story was published in WWB's Moroccan literature issue. We spoke about creativity, dislocation, the absurd, and his forthcoming collection, The Curious Case of Dassoukine’s...

From the Translator: On “Photogrammes”

Emma Ramadan guest-edited the March 2016 Words without Borders issue on Moroccan literature. The issue included her translations of poems from Ahmed Bouanani’s collection, Photogrammes, which she completed while on a Fulbright grant in Morocco....

WWB Weekend: Aftershocks

Five years ago this week, the Tōhoku region of northeastern Japan was rocked by a violent earthquake and tsunami that triggered an accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. In the wake of the disaster, Japanese writers grappled with the question of how, and...

The City and the Writer: In Jaffa with Selma Dabbagh

Special Series: Literary Maps   City of Origin: Jaffa City of Birth: Dundee, Scotland City/Cities you grew up in: Jeddah, Kuwait, High Wycombe, Dundee, Reading, Market Harborough, New Milton Other cities you’ve lived in: Bahrain, Cairo, various cities in the...

Barbara Epler to Receive WWB Ottaway Award

We are thrilled to announce that Barbara Epler, president and publisher of New Directions Publishing Company, has been selected to receive the 2016 Words Without Borders Ottaway Award for the Promotion of International Literature. “Throughout her long and illustrious tenure at New...

WWB Shortlisted for London Book Fair Award

We are thrilled to be shortlisted for The London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2016 for The Literary Translation Initiative Award alongside our friends Archipelago Books and Paper Republic. The award celebrates organizations that have succeeded in raising the profile of...

WWB Weekend: No Fault in These Stars

In honor of US astronaut Scott Kelly’s return to Earth this week after nearly a year in space, we’re gazing heavenward, starting with the otherworldly hero of our two excerpts from the Argentine classic The Eternonaut. First serialized in the Buenos Aires...

The Watchlist: March 2016

Every month, from the reviews desk to you, M. Bartley Seigel shares a handful of forthcoming titles he's excited about and thinks you should be excited about, too.   From New Directions, A Little Lumpen Novelita by Roberto Bolaño, translated from the Spanish by...

February, 2016

WWB Weekend: And the Screenplay Goes To…

This week, as Hollywood zooms in on the Academy Awards, we’re focusing on the film versions of two very different graphic novels from our archives. Written by the pseudonymous French bureaucrat Abel Lanzac and illustrated by graphic artist Christophe Blain, the...

Q&A with Festival Neue Literatur’s Ross Benjamin

Words without Borders spoke with Festival Neue Literatur curator Ross Benjamin about FNL’s seventh annual celebration of German-language literature from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, which will take place from February 25–28 in New York City.  Words without...

The City and the Writer: In Washington, D.C., with Sandra Beasley

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...

First Read: “Performing Writers”

For Rob List   In the story I am about to tell, three Bulgarian writers have been invited to a literary reading in a small English city with notable architecture and an unpronounceable name that begins with D. However, their translator has mysteriously disappeared, along with the...

WWB Weekend: See You in C-U-B-A

After years of travel restrictions, the U.S. and Cuba have agreed to approve commercial flights between the two countries, and your travel agents at WWB are here to help you start planning. You can land in Havana with “Nine Nights with Amada Luna,” Leonardo...

The City and the Writer: In Jerusalem and Jaffa with Ismail Khalidi

Image: Zoe Zenowich Special Series: Literary Maps   City of Origin: Jerusalem and Jaffa City of Birth: Beirut City/Cities you grew up in: D.C., New York and Chicago, but mostly Chicago. Current Residence: Valparaiso/Viña Del Mar, Chile. Your City/Cities: Chicago,...

WWB Weekend: Love, Once Removed

Sunday is Valentine’s Day, and we’ve plenty of romantic work on the site; you could start with our February 2005 issue, “Love, Literally,” with its array of affection not only for sweethearts but also for family, country, travel, and more. But if your...

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