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from the March 2020 issue

Voices from the Pandemic: A New Series for These COVID-19 Times

As the world battles the COVID-19 virus, Words Without Borders is commissioning new work from contributors all over the world to offer humanistic perspectives on and literary responses to the crisis. We published the first piece, from Italian writer Silvia Ranfagni, on Monday, March 16, when the extent of the wreckage this coronavirus would leave in its wake was just becoming clear. Check back often for new selections of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to accompany us through these uncertain times.



Living in a Sci-Fi Movie: An Italian Screenwriter on Coronavirus
by Silvia Ranfagni

Morning Conversation
by Milena Solot

Plague Diary, March 23, 2020
by Gonçalo M. Tavares

Iovana, or The Birth of the Hero
by Iana Boukova

Notes from Kolkata
by Sonnet Mondal

Corona Is a Ball with Spikes
by Maria Parr

A Thundering Silence
by Felipe Restrepo Pombo

From the Red Desert
by Maria Borio

6:00 p.m. after the Quarantine
by Lilya Kalaus

Wuhan Lockdown Diary
by Guo Jing

Spring Cleaning
by Yishai Sarid

What We Lost: COVID-19 Beyond the Numbers
by Hideo Furukawa

Pandemic Diary
by Ricardo Romero

notes from this city
by Carolina Pihelgas

On Masks
by Yu Jian

Really Real Dragons
by Laia Jufresa

A Persian New Year Beginning with COVID-19
by Poupeh Missaghi

by Arlinda Guma

Pas de Deux
by Libuše Moníková

A Message to Our Friends on the Moon: The Pandemic of 2020
by Milton Hatoum

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