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Mikhail Shishkin’s “The Light and the Dark”

Very rarely does a book aim to tell not only the story of its writer, but also that of its possible readers—all of them, including those who will never read it. Mihkail Shishkin’s The Light and the Dark is that rare work. This “letter-book,” as the title indicates in the original Russian, is the record of the correspondence between Sasha and Volodya, two lovers separated by war. The novel is also a story of the relationship between a self and its better half:...

PEN World Voices Festival Dispatch: \“The Critic’s Global Voice\”

The Critic's Global Voice event, featuring Jean-Euphèle Milcé, Ursula Krechel, and Mikhail Shishkin (moderated by Albert Mobilio), took place on Wednesday, May 1. Reports of the death of American literary culture have been, well, at least a little exaggerated.  There’s no other way to explain the steady stream of lively essays bemoaning the health of book reviews, book critics, and literature itself. “Like hazing, reviewing is inflicted by...

Translation Roundup

READ Awards and Honors The National Endowment for the Arts recently announced its 2012 Literature Translation Fellowships. Winners include translators and WWB contributors Katherine Silver, Rika Lesser, and Christian Hawkey, as well as two recipients of 2012 PEN Translation Fund Grants: Deborah Garfinkle and Matt Reeck. Congratulations! Last Thursday, the 2012 Man Booker Prize longlist was announced. The 12 books were selected from 145 entries, and include novels by British, South...

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