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December 2nd, 2019

Your Holiday Gift Guide to Reading in Translation

by Words Without Borders

This holiday season give friends and family the gift of literature from around the world. Here are our recommendations of exciting recent international titles for all of the readers in…read more

November 29th, 2019

Exploring Italian Language, Rap, and Migration through Translation

by Donatella Melucci

In my Italian translation course at Georgetown University, advanced students of Italian learn about translation theory and practice (English-Italian, and vice versa) of different genres,…read more

November 27th, 2019

The City and the Writer: In Vicenza with Carlo Pizzati

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

November 21st, 2019

The Watchlist: November 2019

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 Feminist Press | The Living Days by…read more

November 13th, 2019

One Day in August a Man Disappeared—A Multilingual Most Exquisite Corpse Story

by Andrés Barba, Kirmen Uribe, Jeremy Tiang, and Kira Josefsson

At PEN America’s Lit Crawl NYC 2019, Words Without Borders and SLICE Literary partnered to present a multilingual exquisite corpse, a story authored by four international writers and their…read more

November 11th, 2019

The City and the Writer: In Amman with Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

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


Book Reviews

Writing From Elsewhere: A Timely Anthology Collects Tales of Displacement and Resettlement

Reviewed by Hannah Weber

Edited by Dohra Ahmad, The Penguin Book of Migration Literature puts together a challenging and insightful collection that attempts to reveal the myriad ways of experiencing human movement across nations and cultures.

“Me & Other Writing” Shows Marguerite Duras’ Recurring Exploration of Lifelong Obsessions

Reviewed by Allison Grimaldi-Donahue

Spanning thirty years, the essays selected and translated by Emma Ramadan and Olivia Baes range from meditations on reading and writing to personal pieces bordering on autofiction.

A Poignant Memoir by Naja Marie Aidt Grapples with the Trauma of a Tragic Death

Reviewed by Nataliya Deleva

The Danish writer creates a meta-text of mourning as she grieves the loss of her son in "When Death Takes Something From You Give It Back: Carl’s Book."

Huzama Habayeb Challenges Myths of Motherhood and Exile in “Velvet”

Reviewed by M. Lynx Qualey

Distinguished with the 2017 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature, this multi-generational novel confronts traditional taboos to tell a late-in-life love story between two Palestinian refugees living in Jordan’s Baqa’a camp.

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