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The Language of Identity: Kaaps Writing from South Africa


WWB Daily

November 24th, 2021
  • Watchlist

The Watchlist: November 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. This month's selection includes…read more

November 18th, 2021
  • News

Introducing WWB’s Education Fellow, Allison Tim

by Words Without Borders 

We're pleased to welcome Allison Tim as the first-ever WWB education fellow. Allison is a writer, photographer, and budding filmmaker. After graduating from Macalester…read more

November 16th, 2021
  • First Read

Portrait of a Libyan Scream

by Najwa Bin Shatwan 

Later this month, UEA Publishing Project will release Mo(a)t: Stories from Arabic, an anthology of short fiction by Arabophone writers from the African diaspora, edited by Garen…read more

November 11th, 2021
  • News

Introducing WWB’s Editorial Fellow, Soleil Davíd

by Words Without Borders 

We're pleased to welcome Soleil Davíd as a WWB editorial fellow. Soleil is a poet, writer, and translator who moved from the Philippines to the United States at age 17. Her…read more

November 9th, 2021
  • Interviews

Telling the Stories of China’s “Illegal Children”: Shen Yang and Roseann Lake in Conversation

by Shen Yang and Roseann Lake 

“Excess-birth” or “illegal” children (usually girls) were those born to a family who already had a child during the years when China’s one-child policy, in force…read more

November 4th, 2021
  • Essays

The Literary Life of K-pop Lyrics

by Sang Young Park 

In this short essay, Korean novelist Sang Young Park defends the literary quality of K-pop lyrics. If you know me, you know I love K-pop. You’d think a man in his midthirties would learn…read more

Book Reviews

Helene Bukowski’s “Milk Teeth”: A Plausible Post-Apocalypse

Reviewed by Kevin Canfield

Helene Bukowski's harrowing debut novel invites readers to a strange dystopia.

In “I Was a French Muslim,” a Writer Revisits Internal Tensions of Algeria’s Independence Struggle

Reviewed by Jocelyn Frelier

The strength of Mokhtar Mokhtefi's memoir is in the invitation it offers the reader to experience the personal stakes at the center of all collective struggles.

Mario Levrero’s “The Luminous Novel”: Writing as a Spiritual Experience

Reviewed by Isaura Contreras

In a work that takes the form of a diary and a novel, Uruguayan writer Mario Levrero contemplates failure and procrastination to ultimately affirm writing as an act of freedom.

“Psychedelic,” “Profound,” “a Feminist Classic”: Magda Cârneci’s “FEM” Challenges Definitions

Reviewed by Jozefina Komporaly

Blurring genre boundaries, Cârneci's debut novel brings to life a mesmerizing landscape of female desire and frustration. As the fragmented yet captivating narrative examines the twin subjects of love and loss, readers are confronted with the ultimate feminist agenda of a woman’s right to choose, together with the numerous hurdles and dilemmas associated with it

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