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Built on Longing: Writing from Galicia


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March 4th, 2021
  • Interviews

Twenty Years of Île en île: A Conversation with Thomas C. Spear

by Words Without Borders 

From 1998 until January 2021, Professor Thomas C. Spear edited Île en île, an extensive virtual archive of literature from French-speaking islands and their diasporas. Although there…read more

March 3rd, 2021
  • Essays

Close Listening: A Playlist for “American Delirium”

by Heather Cleary 

Heather Cleary's translation of American Delirium, the first novel by Argentine author Betina González to appear in English, was recently published by Henry Holt. In the…read more

March 1st, 2021
  • First Read

The Mercedes

by Bekim Sejranović 

Bekim Sejranović's From Nowhere to Nowhere, a novel about a young man displaced by the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, is out tomorrow from Sandorf Passage in Will…read more

February 26th, 2021
  • Watchlist

The Watchlist: February 2021

by Tobias Carroll 

Each month, Tobias Carroll shares a handful of recently released or forthcoming titles in translation that he’s especially excited about. February's selection includes books translated…read more

February 24th, 2021
  • Essays

Translating Dagestan in Alisa Ganieva’s “Munkar and Nakir”

by Sabrina Jaszi 

Sabrina Jaszi's translation of Alisa Ganieva's "Munkar and Nakir" appears in the February 2021 issue of Words Without Borders. Preparing to translate “Munkar…read more

February 23rd, 2021
  • Interviews

A Wave in the Sea: Najwan Darwish on “Exhausted on the Cross”

by Kareem James Abu-Zeid 

Born in Jerusalem, Najwan Darwish published his first poetry collection in 2000. He has since become one of the foremost contemporary Arab poets, and one of the most powerful poetic voices to…read more

Book Reviews

From Fake Facebook Profiles to Cannibal Bunnies, It’s All Strange in “Rabbit Island”

Reviewed by Kevin Canfield

With a flair for the uncanny, the wonderfully weird stories in Elvira Navarro's new collection feature characters with a borderline grasp of reality and explore the exhilaration of feeling out of place.

The Exact Number of Stars: André Naffis-Sahely Translates Ribka Sibhatu

Reviewed by Mona Kareem

The ongoing collaboration between Sibhatu and Naffis-Sahely confirms my belief that the connection between poet and translator is a lifetime commitment, to grow and write and think together.

As American as Immigration: Małgorzata Szejnert Brings to Life the Many Stories of Ellis Island

Reviewed by Mauricio Ruiz

Drawing on unpublished letters and journals, the Polish journalist always keeps an eye on revealing details in her new book "Ellis Island: A People's History," the result of extensive research into the manifold trajectories of those who set foot on a new continent and helped forge the modern US.

A Bereaved Soldier Looks for Revenge in David Diop’s Disturbing ‘At Night All Blood is Black’

Reviewed by Martha Anne Toll

Via a forceful monologue, Diop's novel creates a tale of revenge with biblical overtones as it looks at the relatively little-known story of Senegalese riflemen fighting in the French army in the First World War.

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