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May, 2016

PEN World Voices Festival As It Happened: Literary Quest: Westbeth Edition

Alexandre Vidal Porto reads from his novel Sergio Y. Photo: Bruna Dantas Lobato. I grabbed a map of the Westbeth Artists Housing in the West Village and traced a plan for the evening of salon-style readings, part of the PEN World Voices Festival. On Thursday, April 28, residents of...

PEN World Voices Festival As It Happened: Translation Slam

Michael F. Moore, Abdellah Taïa, Emma Ramadan, and Chris Clarke. Photo: Alex Zucker. At the Nuyorican Poets Cafe on Friday, April 29, Michael F. Moore hosted the Translation Slam for the PEN World Voices Festival. A festival favorite for nine years running, this year’s event...

The City and the Writer: In Ramallah with Raja Shehadeh

Author Photo: Mariana Cook, 2010 Special Series: Literary Maps   “In two and a half decades one of the world’s treasures, this biblical landscape that would have seemed familiar to a contemporary of Christ, was being changed, in some parts beyond recognition . . . . As...

The Old Man, the Mist, and a List of Dreams

Translated by Eric M. B. Becker Image: Guangzhou, Tomás Franco It’s early yet to write about China, it’s too late to write about China, it all depends on the true age of your soul (and this you’ll never know) so you offer your reader three options: a scene...

PEN World Voices Festival As It Happened: Expats

Kwame Anthony Appiah, Jamaica Kincaid, Marlon James, Colum McCann, and Eric Banks. Photo: Bruna Dantas Lobato. The term “expatriate” is overburdened, too close to exile on the one hand and immigrant on the other. At the Instituto Cervantes on Wednesday, April 27, New...

Dispatches from the 2016 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature

Photo: Bruna Dantas Lobato The PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature returned for its twelfth year. This year's focus was Mexican literature. Below are dispatches by Bruna Dantas Lobato, who covered the festival for WWB, and you...

April, 2016

WWB Weekend: Quixotic Visions

Portrait of Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra, Juan de Jauregui y Aguilar, Wikimedia Commons  Last week the world mourned the death and celebrated the life of a uniquely creative, internationally famed, widely prolific, flamboyantly attired artist: Miguel de Cervantes, who died four...

From the Translator: The Zone (On “Crow, Wheels”)

Image: Collage by Ukrainian artist Grycja, grycja.tumblr.com  Oksana Maksymchuk and Max Rosochinsky’s translation of Ukrainian poet Lyuba Yakimchuk’s “Crow, Wheels” appears in the April 2016 issue of Words without Borders: Women Write War. In Andrei...

First Read: From “Istanbul Istanbul”

Image: From the cover of Istanbul Istanbul (OR Books) Istanbul Istanbul, by Burhan Sönmez and translated by Ümit Hussein, is forthcoming from OR Books. Burhan Sönmez appeared in New York City on April 28 and April 29 as a part of the PEN...

WWB EVENT — (In)verse: Poets Translate Each Other

To celebrate National Poetry Month, on Wednesday, April 27, Words Without Borders and Poets House present an evening with three poet-translators featured in the April issue of WWB. Flávia Rocha and Idra Novey will read in Portuguese and English, and...

Chernobyl Poems

Translated by Uilleam Blacker Image: From Darren Nisbett's "Chernobyl's Zone of Alienation" series, www.darkoptics.net The Chernobyl disaster of 1986 had huge significance for Ukraine, the Soviet Union, and the wider world. It accelerated the collapse of the Soviet Union and the...

Rowan Ricardo Phillips: The Poet as Translator and Translator as Poet

Words Without Borders spoke with poet and translator Rowan Ricardo Phillips, whose work appears in WWB's April 2016 issue feature, (In)Verse: Poets Translate Each Other, for which he and Melcion Mateu dialogued between Catalan and English. Here the audio and view photos of...

WWB Weekend: Alcibiades in Brazil, or Machado de Assis for the Impeachment Debacle

Unless you’ve been taking a break from the international headlines, you’ve no doubt caught wind of the turmoil sweeping Brazil in recent weeks, culminating with Brazil’s chamber of deputies taking the first step toward the impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff, a move...

Our PEN World Voices Festival Itinerary

Photo: Beowulf Sheehan/PEN Word Voices Festival of International Literature, 2015 The 12th edition of the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature will take place from April 25 – May 1 in venues around New York City. The festival brings...

The City and the Writer: In Miami with P. Scott Cunningham

Author Photo: Christina Frigo 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.                      ...

On Translation: Push and Dig

Reading Haviva Pedaya’s “A Poem for Rachel Corrie”   Haviva Pedaya’s poem, “A Poem for Rachel Corrie” (in Hebrew, “Shir le-Rachel Corrie”) was written in the immediate aftermath of the death of the American activist Rachel...

WWB Honored with LBF Excellence Award

Samantha Schnee and Susan Harris with Rose Fenton (Free Word Centre Director)  We are thrilled to announce that Words Without Borders has won The 2016 London Book Fair/Publishers Weekly Literary Translation Initiative Award! Founding editor Samantha...

2016 Man Booker International Prize Finalists at Words without Borders

The Man Booker International Prize is awarded annually to a single work of international fiction that has been translated into English and published in the UK. The 2016 longlist of thirteen works was announced on March 10, 2016, followed by the shortlist on April 14....

The City and the Writer: In Wellington, NZ with Chris Price

Author Photo: Robert Cross 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.                      ...

2016 Man Booker International Q&A: Jessica Moore

Jessica Moore was longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize for her translation of Maylis de Kerangal's Mend the Living. Her other translations include Maylis de Kerangal's Birth of a Bridge and Jean-François...

2016 Man Booker International Q&A: Charlotte Collins

Charlotte Collins is shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize for her translation of Robert Seethaler's A Whole Life. Charlotte's other translations include Robert Seethaler's forthcoming novel The Tobacconist, Nina Haratischwill's play Liv...

2016 Man Booker International Q&A: Jordan Stump

Jordan Stump was longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize for his translation of Marie NDiaye's Ladivine. Jordan's has translated many authors from French, including Marie Redonnet, Eric Chevillard, and Honoré de Balzaz. His translation of Claude...

2016 Man Booker International Q&A: Eka Kurniawan

Eka Kurniawan and his translator Labodalih Sembiring were longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize for Man Tiger. Eka was born in Tasikmalaya, Indonesia in 1975, and he studied philosophy at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta. His novels, including Man...

2016 Man Booker International Q&A: Labodalih Sembiring

Labodalih Sembiring was longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize for his translation of Eka Kurniawan's Man Tiger. Labodalih Sembiring is the pen name of Muhammad Dalih Akbar Sembiring. Born in North Sumatra, the ex-features journalist currently lives in...

2016 Man Booker International Q&A: José Eduardo Agualusa

José Eduardo Agualusa and his translator Daniel Hahn are shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize for A General Theory of Oblivion. José was born in Huambo, Angola in 1960. His other works include The Book of Chameleons, the winner of the...

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