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Spotlight on Catalan Writing

WWB Daily

February 9th, 2022
  • News

Words Without Borders Campus Launches Korean Literature Resource

New York City, New York, February 9, 2022—WWB Campus, the education program of Words Without Borders, announced today the launch of a timely online collection of contemporary Korean…read more

February 7th, 2022
  • First Read

A Landscape of Claws

by Mónica Ojeda 

Sarah Booker's translation of Jawbone, a novel by Ecuadorean writer Mónica Ojeda, is out tomorrow from Coffee House Press. The novel tells the story of Fernanda, a wealthy…read more

February 3rd, 2022
  • Interviews

“The Joy of Cultural Mixing”: Daljit Nagra on Retelling the Classic Ramayana in Punglish

by Samantha Schnee 

In describing his 2007 poetry collection Look We Have Coming to Dover!, Daljit Nagra uses the term “Punglish,” which describes a linguistic mix of Punjabi and English. Since…read more

February 1st, 2022
  • First Read

Quake

by Auður Jónsdóttir 

Auður Jónsdóttir's novel Quake, a nominee for the Icelandic Literary Prize, is now available in English from Dottir Press. Translated by Meg Matich, the novel…read more

January 28th, 2022
  • Watchlist

The Watchlist: January 2022

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

January 25th, 2022
  • Interviews

Twelve Years Later, Kettly Mars Reflects on the 2010 Earthquake in Haiti and the Novels It Inspired

by Nathan H. Dize 

Twelve years ago, at 4:53 p.m. on January 12, 2010, the earth shook Port-au-Prince, Haiti, for less than a minute. The earthquake shattered households, crumbled buildings, and claimed the lives…read more


Book Reviews

María Gainza’s “Portrait of an Unknown Lady”: Operation Three Women

Reviewed by Alex Gilvarry

María Gainza's latest novel follows the trail of an enigmatic, brilliant forger with intriguing results.

Elena Ferrante’s “In the Margins”: Crafted Layers of Truth

Reviewed by Maris Kreizman

Elena Ferrante's essay collection examines the pleasures of reading and writing with the author's characteristic flair for violent honesty.

Halldór Laxness’s “Salka Valka”: Claustrophobia amid the Vastness

Reviewed by Hannah Weber

Halldór Laxness's 1931 novel is a sometimes harrowing coming-of-age story of a young woman in a remote Icelandic fishing village.

Olga Tokarczuk’s “The Books of Jacob”: Witnesses to the Messiah

Reviewed by Tara Wanda Merrigan

Olga Tokarczuk's long-awaited opus tells the stories of the followers of Jacob Frank, an eighteenth-century messianic figure.

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