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April 24th, 2019

The City and the Writer: In San José, Costa Rica with David Cruz

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

April 23rd, 2019

Two Poems: The Country that Slips through My Fingers

by Ru Freeman

AT SEA From the bottom of the closer ocean I scrape  the sea into a plastic bottle let   its unknown conlang speak …read more

April 23rd, 2019

Words for Sri Lanka: “The Heartbeat of My Country”

by Malinda Seneviratne

Poet and writer Malinda Seneviratne, one of the most widely read journalists in Sri Lanka, offers a poem for his country, accompanied by translations into Tamil and Sinhala.   The…read more

April 18th, 2019

The Taste of a Silver Spoon: María Gainza’s “Optic Nerve”

by Tamara Tenenbaum

Tamara Tenenbaum, winner of Argentina’s inaugural Premio Ficciones, reflects on María Gainza’s just-released Optic Nerve (tr. Thomas Bunstead, Catapult Books,…read more

April 17th, 2019

First Read—From “Curl”

by T.O. Bobe

T.O. Bobe’s Curl, translated by Sean Cotter and forthcoming with Wakefield Press, features Mr. Gică, the world’s greatest barber, and the colorful cast of characters who…read more

April 16th, 2019

The Watchlist: April 2019

by Tobias Carroll

Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about. From Soho Press | Dark Constellations by…read more

Book Reviews

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.

In “HELL,” Alasdair Gray Creates a Celtic, Wind-lashed Translation of Dante’s “Inferno”

Reviewed by Jamie Mackay

By fusing a dialect-laden verse with knowledge and respect for Dante’s original, the Scottish writer and illustrator has built a bridge across borders and nations.

One-third Women, “The Milk Bowl of Feathers” Adds Provocative New Voices to the Surrealist Canon

Reviewed by Susan Aberth

Edited by Mary Ann Caws, this anthology delivers new insights into this radical movement and rectifies past omissions to its canon with more intellectually daring and provocative non-French and female voices.

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