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January 20th, 2022
  • Reading Lists

9 Dystopian Novels in Translation to Read Now

by Words Without Borders 

As the COVID-19 pandemic approaches its second anniversary here in the US, we're looking back at another phenomenon from the past two years: the wave of dystopian novels translated…read more

January 18th, 2022
  • Interviews

Becoming a “Second-Career” Translator: A Conversation with Aneesa Abbas Higgins

by Samantha Schnee 

Just six years after publishing her first translation, Aneesa Abbas Higgins won the 2021 National Book Award for Translated Literature for Elisa Shua Dusapin’s Winter in Sokcho. In this…read more

January 12th, 2022
  • News

Words Without Borders Receives 2022 National Endowment for the Arts Grant

New York, New York, January 12, 2022—The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has just announced that it will distribute more than $28 million in support of 1,248 arts and cultural…read more

January 10th, 2022
  • First Read

The Tofu-Maker

by Shen Fuyu 

Last week, Astra House released Shen Fuyu's The Artisans, translated from Chinese by Jeremy Tiang. Shen's fifteen vignettes bring to life the skilled workers of his rural…read more

January 7th, 2022
  • Reading Lists

WWB’s Most Anticipated Translated Books of 2022

by Words Without Borders 

As we usher in the new year, our staff, contributors, and board members share the books in translation they're most looking forward to in 2022.   Eric M. B. Becker Editor In…read more

January 5th, 2022
  • First Read

A Seriously Shitty Quirk of Fate

by Paulo Scott 

This week, And Other Stories publishes Paulo Scott's Phenotypes, translated from Portuguese by Daniel Hahn. The novel centers on Federico, a mixed-race Brazilian who is often…read more

Book Reviews

Masha Mohebali’s “In Case of Emergency”: A 24-Hour Hero’s Journey

Reviewed by Benjamin Woodard

Masha Mohebali's novel is a snappy, inventive picaresque with an unforgettable lead.

Shukri Mabkhout’s “The Italian”: Characters Caught in a Sea Change

Reviewed by Elaine Margolin

Shukri Mabkhout's award winning novel shows characters attempting to navigate a society in tumult.

Samar Yazbek’s “Planet of Clay”: The Urgency of Telling

Reviewed by Ben Goldman

Samar Yazbek's novel uses a memorable narrator to explore the indelibility of storytelling.

Antonio Gamoneda’s “Castilian Blues”: Songs No Longer Silenced

Reviewed by Jose-Luis Moctezuma

Antonio Gamoneda's collection of poems interprets the American blues tradition with powerful results.

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