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September 23rd, 2020

The Translator Relay: Don Mee Choi

by Words Without Borders 

WWB’s Translator Relay features an interview with a different translator every few months. The current month’s translator will choose the next interviewee, adding a…read more

September 22nd, 2020

An Interview with WWB Poetry Contest Winner Bryan Mendoza

by Words Without Borders 

Bryan Mendoza’s translation of Julio Pazos Barrera's "Pegasus Autopsy" was one of four winners of WWB’s 2020 Poems in Translation contest, presented in partnership with…read more

September 17th, 2020

The City and the Writer: In London with Jay Parini

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

September 15th, 2020

An Interview with WWB Poetry Contest Winner Nguyễn-Hoàng Quyên

by Words Without Borders 

Nguyễn-Hoàng Quyên’s self-translation of “Learning Late Letters” was one of four winners of WWB’s 2020 Poems in Translation contest,…read more

September 14th, 2020

Hiding in Plain Sight: Carlos Fonseca and Megan McDowell on Translating “Natural History”

by Megan McDowell 

Carlos Fonseca's Natural History (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020) is a singularly difficult book to describe. It’s always hard to sum up an entire novel in a few words, but…read more

September 11th, 2020

Shining a Light on Children’s Books in Translation: Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp on World Kid Lit Month

by Words Without Borders 

September is World Kid Lit Month—a celebration of translated literature for young people. We invited World Kid Lit advocate and children’s book translator Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp to tell…read more


Book Reviews

Now Trending: How to Be a Fascist

Reviewed by Jamie Richards

In Murgia's book, fascism is presented as a form of semantic sleight of hand whereby anything goes under the right terminology.

Dan Beachy-Quick Casts an Elegiac Look at Ancient Greece in “Stone-Garland”

Reviewed by George Fragopoulos

How does one bring back to life the eroded fragments of authors we know next to nothing about? Gathering six lesser known figures of the Greek lyrical tradition, this anthology puts together translations in which a sense of loss goes hand in hand with the attempt to let these ancient poets sing again.

Fancy a Trip through (Other People’s) Misery? Yun Ko-Eun’s “The Disaster Tourist” Has You Covered

Reviewed by Lily Meyer

Tragedies become great business opportunities in this entertaining, if troubling, novel about a travel agency specializing in touristic excursions to disaster zones.

Humans Are the Ultimate Food Staple in Agustina Bazterrica’s Dystopian “Tender Is the Flesh”

Reviewed by Kevin Canfield

After a fatal virus infects its livestock, a panicked nation is herded by political demagogues toward human slaughter and cannibalism in this disturbing Argentinian novel.

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