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The Weight of History: Writing from Vietnam


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November 14th, 2018

First Read—From “Stone Dreams”

by Akram Aylisli

The following is excerpted from Stone Dreams, one of the three novellas that make up Akram Aylisli’s Farewell, Aylis, translated by Katherine E. Young and out next week with Academic…read more

November 12th, 2018

The Emerging Literary Translator Valley of Death

by Anton Hur

Anton Hur, translator of Kyung-Sook Shin’s The Court Dancer and Kang Kyeong-ae’s The Underground Village, offers insights into the challenges facing literary translators and…read more

November 9th, 2018

The City and the Writer: In Hong Kong with Nicholas Wong

by Nathalie Handal

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…read more

November 8th, 2018

What the Mountains Remember: An Interview with Paolo Cognetti

by Francesca Pellas

WWB contributing writer Francesca Pellas spoke with Italian writer Paolo Cognetti about his novel The Eight Mountains, translated by Simon Carnell and Erica Segre and published this year by…read more

November 6th, 2018

On Translating Armonía Somers’s “The Naked Woman”

by Kit Maude

­ The Naked Woman is out today with the Feminist Press. When it was originally published in 1950, critics doubted a woman writer could be responsible for its shocking erotic content. In…read more

November 2nd, 2018

The Translator Relay: Ellen Cassedy

by Jessie Chaffee

WWB’s Translator Relay features an interview with a different translator every other month. The current month’s translator will choose the next interviewee, adding a different, sixth…read more

Book Reviews

“The April 3rd Incident” Showcases Yu Hua’s Daring and Unconventional Style

Reviewed by Andrew Hungate

This collection of early stories by the celebrated Chinese author shows a writer determined to make a name for himself in a literary world that at the time was rife with experimentation.

Atrocity at a Distance, Absurdity Up Close in Dubravka Ugresic’s “American Fictionary”

Reviewed by Jeff Tompkins

In this book of essays, Ugresic juxtaposes reflections on the fate of her country with observations on everyday life in America.

In “Resistance,” Julián Fuks Takes the Fiction of Failed Writing a Step Further

Reviewed by Lily Meyer

The Brazilian-Argentine writer's novel resists drama. It resists the impulse to exaggerate, maybe even the impulse to tell stories.

“What’s Left of the Night,” by Ersi Sotiropoulos, Reimagines C.P. Cavafy’s Feverish Days in Paris

Reviewed by Lynne Diamond-Nigh

In this fictional account of the last days of a long journey through Europe undertaken by Cavafy in 1897, the Greek poet's struggle against conventions, social and personal, takes center stage.

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