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International Graphic Novels: Volume XIII

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February 20th, 2019

First Read—From “The White Book”

by Han Kang

The following excerpt is from Han Kang’s The White Book, translated by Deborah Smith and out this week from Hogarth. Shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize, The White…read more

February 18th, 2019

On Translating Place in Hélène Aldeguer’s “After the Spring: A Tunisian Youth”

by Edward Gauvin

Edward Gauvin’s translation of an excerpt from Hélène Aldeguer’s After the Spring: A Tunisian Youth appears in the February 2019 issue…read more

February 14th, 2019

Against Valentine’s Day: 7 International Love Stories for the Antiromantic in You

by Susan Harris

Do you look at bouquets of red roses and calculate when they’ll go limp? Do you think chocolates should come in boxes shaped like aortas and ventricles? Do you want to tell conversation…read more

February 13th, 2019

The Translator’s Bookshelf

by Elisa Wouk Almino

When you deeply love a piece of writing, you long to become a part of it—to add to it and insert your own voice into its sentences. This is an idea that Roland Barthes expressed and that…read more

February 13th, 2019

Words Without Borders Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

by Words Without Borders

New York, New York, February 13, 2019—The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today awards totaling more than $27 million in its first funding round of fiscal year 2019,…read more

February 11th, 2019

The Watchlist: February 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 Farrar, Straus and Giroux |…read more


Book Reviews

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.

“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.

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