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Voices on the Verge: Writing from Southeast Asian Creole Languages

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October 14th, 2021
  • Interviews

The Privilege of Language: Manon Steffan Ros on Self-translation, Welsh Literature, and Her New Book

by Casi Dylan 

Manon Steffan Ros was nervous about presenting Llyfr Glas Nebo to the world. Before it won the 2018 National Eisteddfod Prose Medal and the 2019 Wales Book of the Year, before it became a best…read more

October 12th, 2021
  • First Read

What Does Victory Look Like If Not This?

by Petra Hůlová 

Petra Hůlová's dystopian novel The Movement, translated from Czech by Alex Zucker, is available now from World Editions. The novel follows the narrator, a prison…read more

October 7th, 2021
  • Essays

Cinephilia: On Hindi Movies, My Mother, and Me

by Anandi Mishra 

In this essay, Anandi Mishra considers the role Hindi films have played in the development of her relationship with her mother. August, the season of ripeness. The shadows lighten, gardens…read more

October 4th, 2021
  • News

“The Age of Kishore”: Jeff Deutsch Celebrates Seagull Books Founder and Publisher Naveen Kishore

by Jeff Deutsch 

Last night, Naveen Kishore, the founder and publisher of Seagull Books, received the 2021 Ottaway Award for the Promotion of International Literature. At the celebratory cocktail reception…read more

October 1st, 2021
  • Essays

Notes from a Journal I could have kept. [But failed to. Keep]

by Naveen Kishore 

Last night, Naveen Kishore, the founder and publisher of Seagull Books, received the 2021 Ottaway Award for the Promotion of International Literature. Joining the celebratory cocktail…read more

September 30th, 2021
  • Reading Lists

10 Translated Books about Translators for International Translation Day

by Words Without Borders 

Happy International Translation Day! To ensure that you're squeezing in as much translation as possible on this special day, we've made a list of ten great translated books that…read more


Book Reviews

Mario Levrero’s “The Luminous Novel”: Writing as a Spiritual Experience

Reviewed by Isaura Contreras

In a work that takes the form of a diary and a novel, Uruguayan writer Mario Levrero contemplates failure and procrastination to ultimately affirm writing as an act of freedom.

“Psychedelic,” “Profound,” “a Feminist Classic”: Magda Cârneci’s “FEM” Challenges Definitions

Reviewed by Jozefina Komporaly

Blurring genre boundaries, Cârneci's debut novel brings to life a mesmerizing landscape of female desire and frustration. As the fragmented yet captivating narrative examines the twin subjects of love and loss, readers are confronted with the ultimate feminist agenda of a woman’s right to choose, together with the numerous hurdles and dilemmas associated with it

“Last Summer in the City,” Gianfranco Calligarich’s Ode to a Long-Gone Lifestyle, Hits a False Note

Reviewed by Allison Grimaldi-Donahue

Set in a deserted Rome during a hot and melancholy August, this 1973 novel now touted as a classic rehashes a familiar theme within Italian literature and film: a country and art of malaise. At turns beautiful and frustrating, it ultimately feels like a pastiche of the works it attempts to keep company with.

Marina Jarre’s Stunning Memoir, “Distant Fathers,” Maps Its Author’s Peripatetic Search for Herself

Reviewed by Hannah Weber

“I’m Latvian, but I speak German and I don’t understand who Jesus Christ is,” wrote Jarre, who was born in Latvia to an Italian mother and a Latvian Jewish father, was sent as a child to live in a Francophone community in northern Italy, and later settled in Turin. Her memoir is a multilingual interior monologue which feels like the truest representation of memory (a flood of narratives, images, and dreams outside of time) and shows a woman fumbling for her identity while never feeling wholly at home anywhere.

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