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from the September 2007 issue

The 2007 Book Clubs are Here!

2007 Words Without Borders/Reading the World BOOK CLUBS ARE HERE



JANUARY and FEBRUARY James Marcus and Cynthia Haven, Collected Poems by Zbigniew Herbert (tr. Alissa Valles)

James Marcus introduces Zbigniew Herbert

Cynthia Haven interviews Peter Dale Scott

Peter Dale Scott talks about translating Herbert's "Pebble" with Czesław Miłosz

Anna Frajlich discusses human suffering in Herbert's Apollo and Marsyas"

Emigration, Displacement and Loss: Cynthia Haven speaks to Anna Frajlich about the work of Herbert

James Marcus speaks to Alissa Valles about translating Herbert

"I Will Oppress You With My Strange Love": Andrzej Franaszek speaks to Cynthia Haven on the relationship between Herbert and Czesław Miłosz.

Cynthia Haven leads us through Herbert's "Report from a Besieged City."

DECEMBER: Laila Lalami on Carmara Laye's The Radiance of the King (tr. James Kirkup)

Laila introduces The Radiance of the King

Landing on an Unknown Coast—the Story of The Radiance of the King.

Literary influences and the contentious issue of the book's authorship.

Final Thoughts on The Radiance of the King

NOVEMBER: Michael Orthofer, Ryunosuke Akutagawa's Mandarins (tr. by Charles de Wolf)

An introduction to Ryunosuke Akutagawa and his work

The titular story from the collection—Mandarins

An Evening Conversation

East Meets West in the work of Akutagawa.

The Writer, the Works

The Life of a Fool


OCTOBER: Mark Sarvas on Sandor Marai's The Rebels (tr. by George Szirtes)

Mark introduces Sandor Marai and his work

Fathers and Sons in The Rebels

An interview with David Leavitt

An interview with Arthur Philips

SEPTEMBER: Chad Post and Mark Binelli on Georges Simenon's Georges Simenon's The Engagement (tr. by Anna Moschovakis)

Chad introduces Georges Simenon and his work

Bio and Resources

Mark Binelli on the Engagement

The Engagement as Genre-bender

Mark Binelli's recs for the mystery novel aficionado

The Translator Speaks. Anna Moschovakis, translator of the Engagement talks to Chad Post

More information on Reading the World and included titles is available here.

Special thanks to Chad Post, University of Rochester and to, Karl Pohrt, Shaman Drum Bookshop; Jeff Seroy, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Archipelago Books, Dalkey Archive Press, Ecco Press, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Harcourt, Knopf, New Directions, New York Review Books, Other Press, and Picador.

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