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Graphic Novels at WWB: The First Ten Years

Ten years ago Words without Borders published our first graphic novel issue, presenting seven pieces by French, German, Polish, Spanish, and Russian artists. We were so delighted with the result, and...

On Angoulême and Control

Illustration accompanying call for boycott. © Julie Maroh. The furor over the list of nominees for the Grand Prix of the Angoulême International Comics Festival (FIBD) should be...

The Reverberations of History: Contemporary Austrian Literature

The variety and exuberance of contemporary Austrian writing is little known among English readers. Often lumped into the unwieldy category of German-language literature or overshadowed by...

Our Graphic Archive: Issues 2007–16

Click on the graphics below to read our graphic novel issue through the years.   February 2016 - International Graphic Novels: Volume X   February 2015 - International Graphic...

The “Arab Spring,” Five Years On

One of the most iconic chants invoked across the Arab region during the 2011 uprisings—“The people want to topple the regime”—has been said to echo a verse by Tunisian poet...

Knowing the Unknowable: Writing from Madagascar

Welcome to the Madagascar issue. The description is a little general; please do excuse us. It’s just that any adjective would be superfluous when you’re essentially introducing a...

After Inger Christensen: Humans, Plants, and Planets in New Danish Poetry

In 2011, when I moved from my home country, Denmark, to New York, I was pleased to discover that I shared an idol with several literary Americans. The idol was Inger Christensen (1935–2009), a...

Cambodian Literature: From Angkor to Year Zero and Beyond

Photo: Sharon May, “Bayon, Cambodia” (2009) It has been forty years since the black-clad Khmer Rouge marched into Phnom Penh during the Khmer New Year of April 1975 and evacuated the...

The Keeper: Oum Sophany

"If we disappear, we die"– Oum Sophany, 1975 April in Cambodia is dry. The temperature reaches a thick 35 degrees Celsius each day and there is no reprieve. The broken streets of Phnom...

Silkworms

Photo: Sharon May, “Rice Harvest, Battambang, Cambodia” (2010) During the Japanese occupation of Cambodia from 1942 to ’45, there were no garments for sale. The French army, civil...

Found on the Tracks: European Writing on Train Travel

In America, the idea of traveling by train is something of a touchstone. Mention it to some people and their eyes light up; an instant bond is formed and stories of memorable journeys tumble out. To...

Writing from the Edge: Estonian Literature

The borders of Estonia are largely watery, lying in the Baltic Sea, the Gulfs of Finland and Riga, and Lake Peipsi. The briny perimeter of over a thousand islands adds more coastline, while over a...

The World’s Bloom: Three Italian Poets

Recently a neighbor in Parma brought over a small, green cactus with a telescopic protuberance; she announced that its cocoon-like blossom would start to open at nine o’clock and die two days...

Geography of the Peruvian Imagination

Peru is one of the truly enchanting, enigmatic places on earth, and Lima—its gritty, vibrant capital of ten million—one of the hottest literary and gastronomical scenes in Latin America...

Living with the Beast

  Wilfredo Inuma is the chief of an indigenous Amazonian community. But above all, he is the guardian of the lavatory. Wilfredo founded the Shipibo community of Bena Gema twelve years ago,...

A Trip through Ayahuasca

Audio courtesy of Literatura Sonora. We look like funerary bundles dug out of our graves. There are ten or twelve people sitting on the room’s floor, in a circle, and in the dark. The...

The Age of Acurio

I grew up in a country at war. I still remember clearly a month in 1990 in which twelve bombs exploded near my house in Lima, one every two or three days. Peru was living through its worst years of...

Flemish Tapestries: On Don Quixote in English

Rendered into some fifty languages (there are approximately five thousand languages in the world today), El Quijote is one of the most translated novels in history. Its length probably hinders it...

Myth and History: Writing from Indonesia

In October of this year, Indonesia will make its appearance as the guest of honor (GOH) at the Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF)—the first country from Southeast Asia to be so honored. Because...

Story

In the fading night sky there are points of light, countless in number, vast in distance—who knows their size, their age? Yet, at one time, people drew imaginary lines between those stars and...

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