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We Have

by Mazen Kerbaj
Translated by Mazen Kerbaj

We have nations that we don't want.

from “Morti di Sonno”

by Davide Reviati
Translated by Jamie Richards

If one of those things explodes, the city’ll blow up too.

from “Etenesh”

by Paolo Castaldi
Translated by Maaza Mengiste

When we get to Tripoli, you're on your own.

This is How it is When You’re Involved with Sensitive Girls

by Ilana Zeffren
Translated by Ilana Zeffren

I choose to keep away from shrinks and still end up on their sofa.

Letter to the Mother

by Mazen Kerbaj
Translated by Mazen Kerbaj and Ahmad Gharbieh

Because of you I fancied killing a hundred times.


by Nawel Louerrad
Translated by Canan Marasligil

I've been wearing this tutu since I was a kid.

from “The Eternonaut,” Part II

by Héctor G. Oesterheld and by Francisco Solano López
Translated by Erica Mena

There are other survivors!

A Great Step Forward: Memoir of the Famine

by Li Kunwu and by Philippe Ôtié
Translated by Edward Gauvin

Even the roaches in the village are dying of hunger.

from “Les Mohameds”

by Jérôme Ruillier
Translated by Edward Gauvin

I loved Renault like you'd love a mistress.


by Krysztof Gawronkiewicz
Translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones

Our technology enables the resurrection of an incomplete body.

from “The International”

by Roannie and by Oko
Translated by Edward Gauvin

The old man had his eye put out by the colonists a few years ago.

The Eternonaut

by Héctor G. Oesterheld and by Francisco Solano López
Translated by Erica Mena

Death, continuously falling in tiny, luminous flakes. The nightmare snowfall that had erased almost all life...

An Iranian Metamorphosis

by Mana Neyestani
Translated by Ghazal Mosadeq

Write why you drew that cartoon and why you chose a Turkish word.

Catharina Margaretha Linck

by Elke R. Steiner
Translated by Edna McCown

Catharina Margaretha Linck, executed for sodomy in Halberstad, 1721

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