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March, 2016

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...

The City and the Writer: In Jaffa with Ibtisam Azem

Special Series: Literary Maps   City of Origin: Taybeh (forty kilometers north of Jaffa) City of Birth: Taybeh City/Cities your grew up in: Taybeh Current Residence: New York City Your City/Cities: Taybeh, Jaffa, Jerusalem, Berlin, New York City Language(s): Arabic,...

New Fiction in Translation: From “The Life of Elves”

The practice room of Maestro Gustavo Acciavatti was located on the top floor of a fine building, with high casement windows that let the sun transform the parquet floor into a lake of liquid light. The man seated at the keyboard seemed both very young and very old, and when she met his...

WWB Weekend: Monkey Business for the New Year

The Chinese New Year kicks off on February 8. On your way to the party, why not Monkey around with the Chinese and Taiwanese graphics in our archives? “King-Ma Has Come,” Wei Tsung-cheng’s martial arts take on political culture in Taiwan, includes a mock-heroic...

The City and the Writer: In Granada, Spain with Anthony Geist

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....

Keep It Growing: A Translator’s Take on Ezra Pound’s “Make It New”

Tching prayed on the mountain and           wrote MAKE IT NEW 新 on his bath tub           Day by day make it new 日 cut underbush, pile the logs keep it growing 日...

January, 2016

WWB Weekend: Cute As a Bug (and a Button)

As Argentina battles a plague of locusts of biblical proportions, we’re happy to return to a much more benign insect visitation. Japanese graphic artist Akino Kondoh’s “Ladybirds’ Requiem” opens with the main character, Eiko, mistaking a button on the...

The City and the Writer: In Austin with Ire’ne Lara Silva

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 of Austin as you feel/see it?...

An Interview with Ana Clavel

Photo: Barry Domínguez  Ana Clavel is considered one of the most prominent writers of her generation in Latin America. Her novel Las ninfas a veces sonríen (Nymphs Sometimes Smile), published by distinguished Spanish publishing house Alfaguara, was awarded the...

WWB Weekend: Arab Seasons

Just over five years ago, a young Tunisian named Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire and sparked the sequential uprisings that came to be known as the Arab Spring. The conflicts could not be contained in a single season, and as the fighting raged into summer, we presented back-to-back...

Call for Nominations: The 2016 Ottaway Award

Words Without Borders is seeking nominations for the 2016 Ottaway Award for the Promotion of International Literature. Named in honor of our first board chair, James H. Ottaway, Jr., the Ottaway Award recognizes individuals who have taken extraordinary steps to advance literature in...

The City and the Writer: In Buffalo with Noah Falck

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 Campus: Call for Educators

Are you a teacher of English, world literature, global history, or a related subject? Do you enjoy the literature published in Words without Borders and want to use it in your classroom? Sign up to be part of a new round of pilots for Words Without Borders Campus, WWB's online...

New Fiction in Translation: “Island”

I drink with my hands and dance with my feet, Hans says, look over here, I’m right here. There’s nothing to see over there. A plastic bottle drifts along the shore and Richard says: the current is fast today. Not faster than yesterday, Hans says, you’re not going to...

WWB Weekend: Our “Heroes”

As the world mourns, nostalgic misfits jockey for the claim to Most Bereaved (e.g., the Telegraph’s “Why those who were teenagers in the 70s will feel the loss of David Bowie the most”), and office workers furtively plug earbuds into Spotify and YouTube, we...

Play for Voices Contest: Submit Your Radio Play in Translation

Calling all literary translators, radio dramatists, and international radio drama enthusiasts! Play for Voices seeks radio play scripts in English translation. Play for Voices is a new podcast of international radio drama slated to launch in the spring of 2016. Our monthly hourlong...

We Have a New Book Review Editor!

We’re pleased to welcome M. Bartley Seigel as the new book review editor of Words without Borders. Matt comes to us with experience as poet, writer, literary editor and publisher, journalist, and teacher. He is the author of This Is What They Say (poetry, Typecast Publishing,...

New Fiction in Translation: From “Lost Words”

The following is an excerpt from Nicola Gardini's novel Lost Words, translated by Michael Moore and out January 25 from New Directions. The novel is a meditation on class and language, told through a coming of age story set inside a working-class apartment...

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