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September 17th, 2018

The Watchlist: September 2018

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 Coffee House Press | After the…read more

September 13th, 2018

JLF at New York: An Interview with Sanjoy K. Roy

by Jessie Chaffee

On September 20, JLF at New York will bring together acclaimed authors and thinkers at the Asia Society in New York City. We spoke with Sanjoy K. Roy, managing director of Teamwork Arts and…read more

September 12th, 2018

WWB Partners with to Bring International Poetry to More Readers

by Words Without Borders

WWB is thrilled to announce a content partnership with the Academy of American Poets, who will be sharing poems in translation originally published in Words Without Borders…read more

September 12th, 2018

First Read—From “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead”

by Olga Tokarczuk

The following excerpt is from Olga Tokarczuk’s Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones and out now with Fitzcarraldo Editions.  In her…read more

September 11th, 2018

The Enduring Relevance of Poetry: An Interview with Ajmer Rode

by Sonnet Mondal

Punjabi poet Ajmer Rode spoke with Sonnet Mondal about his inspiration, the influence of location on his work, and Indian poetry today. On Wednesday, September 12, at the Astoria Bookshop in New…read more

September 10th, 2018

Look Who’s Coming to the WWB Gala on October 30!

by Words Without Borders

Amitav Ghosh, Dunya Mikhail, Katie Kitamura, Andre Dubus III, Ann Goldstein, Edith Grossman, Esther Allen, and Martin Puchner are among the stellar writers and translators who will mingle with…read more

Book Reviews

“Do You Hear in the Mountains…,” by Maïssa Bey, Probes the Untold Pasts of Algerian History

Reviewed by Jocelyn Frelier

In this charged work of autofiction, Bey explores her ties with the Algerian War for Independence, during which her father was killed.

Intimate Experience Feels At Once Palpable and Remote in Jin Eun-Young’s “We, Day by Day”

Reviewed by Peter Campion

"We, Day By Day" is Jin Eun-Young’s first full collection published in English. Early on, she encountered Korean poetry of the 1980s and its spirit of political protest and carried the conviction and intensity of those verses into more mysterious, interior realms.

Gunnhild Øyehaug Flirts with Hollywood While Considering the Essence of Life in “Wait, Blink”

Reviewed by Ane Farsethås

In her novel "Wait, Blink", Norwegian writer Gunnhild Øyehaug devises a whimsical, yet earnest probe into the human condition, filled with a dizzy range of topics. From golf books to “the essence of life”, from Tarantino to Dante, passing though fictions about the dream life of president George W. Bush and the childhood of literary theorist Paul de Man, it’s all equally worth a moment of curious observation.

A Quietly Radical Tale of the Rise and Fall of Communist Russia in Eugene Vodolazkin’s “The Aviator”

Reviewed by Sam George Jackson

Born in 1900, Innokenty Petrovich Platonov wakes up one day to find himself in a modern hospital, in 1999, with the body of a young man and memories that barely reach the 1930s. As he strives to figure out what happened to him, personal memories and historical investigation combine to create a harrowing narrative of Russia's history in the XX century, from the makings of revolution to the collapse of the Communist regime. "The Aviator" is a quietly radical novel, which challenges contemporary official narratives about Russia's past.

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