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June 12th, 2019

Starting at the Surface: An Interview with Lee Hyemi

by So J. Lee

So J. Lee’s translation of Lee Hyemi’s “The Cupboard with Strawberry Jam” from Unexpected Vanilla appears in this month’s Queer issue. After a year of emailing back…read more

June 12th, 2019

수면에서 시작하기: 이혜미 작가와의 인터뷰

by So J. Lee

이혜미의 시 <딸기잼이 있던 찬장>의 영문 번역이 Words without Borders…read more

June 10th, 2019

Sun and Slang: On Translating Geovani Martins’s “The Sun on My Head”

by Julia Sanches

I slept poorly while translating Geovani Martins’s O sol na cabeça, waking up repeatedly in the wee hours of the night, a solution to a thorny problem on the tip of my tongue,…read more

June 5th, 2019

The City and the Writer: In Bombay with Jeet Thayil

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

June 3rd, 2019

First Read—From “Among the Lost”

by Emiliano Monge

The following is excerpted from Emiliano Monge’s Among the Lost (translated by Frank Wynne), winner of the 2016 English PEN Award and out tomorrow from Scribe US. Set in an unnamed land…read more

May 28th, 2019

Words Without Borders Launches Poems in Translation Contest

by The Editors of Words Without Borders

Words Without Borders Launches Poems in Translation Contest Mónica de la Torre to Judge  We're pleased to announce a new contest to spotlight some of the groundbreaking poets…read more


Book Reviews

Disagreeable, Memorable Characters People Duanwad Pimwana’s “Bright” and “Arid Dreams”

Reviewed by Benjamin Woodard

A novel first published in Thailand in 2003 and a collection of short-stories stretching back to the mid-1990s, both now available in English for the first time, show a confident writer at the top of her game, with a distinctive skill to conjure unique personalities on the page.

“Broken Stars,” a New Anthology Edited by Ken Liu, Casts a Fresh Look at Chinese Sci-Fi

Reviewed by Anjie Zheng

From sharp-edged social criticism to extravagant and alluring imagery, this collection of short-stories displays the wide range of the genre in contemporary China

Biljana Jovanović‘s Daring “Dogs And Others”: Growing Up as a Queer Woman in Communist Yugoslavia

Reviewed by Hannah Weber

Since its original publication in 1980, this genre-defying book has gained a cult reputation that established Jovanović as an important counterculture figure in Serbia. Written in a highly experimental style, the book follows a woman’s coming of age in 1970s Belgrade, creating a fragmentary amalgam of life in socialist Belgrade, intense sexual relationships, and family conflicts in the shadow of old age.

Narrative Missteps, Unconvincing Characters Plague Lina Wolff’s “The Polyglot Lovers”

Reviewed by Lily Meyer

A new novel by the Swedish author reads like a caricature of sexism in the literary world that ends up being as sexist as its misogynous protagonist.

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