Skip to content
Words Without Borders “stands as a monument to international collaboration and a shared belief in artistic possibility.” 
— 2018 Whiting Literary Magazine Prize Citation

February 2017

International Graphic Novels: Volume XI

Image: Francisco de la Mora

This month, we enter our second decade of publishing illustrated literature from around the world. From the environment to sexuality to political corruption, the work here tackles pressing themes, crossing national and personal borders to expand our collective social consciousness to global scale. Elettra Stamboulis and Gianluca Costantini map the division of Cyprus. Ilana Zeffren's sly cats observe their owners negotiate social and sexual normativity. Francisco de la Mora and José Luis Pescador Huerta dispatch a desperate victim of climate change to the UN. Daniel Sixte and Sinzo Aanza reveal local corruption and international exploitation in Congo, while the Trantraal Brothers get the truth about South African township life out of the mouths of babes. Monika Szydłowska's young Pole pursues the good life elsewhere, and Naz Tansel boards the bus to a microcosm of Turkish society. Guest editor Dominic Davies offers an illuminating introduction. Elsewhere, we offer a selection of fiction from Poland, guest edited and introduced by Antonia Lloyd-Jones.
feature

Book Reviews

“Dance on the Volcano” Marie Vieux-Chauvet

Reviewed by Juliet Grames

The backdrop of the story of Minette’s meteoric rise to opera stardom is the “volcano” of the title: the escalating tensions of the brutal racial war that is about to explode.

“Frontier” by Can Xue

Reviewed by Kate Prengel

Explores the borderlands between barbarism and civilization, spiritual and material, mundane and sublime, beauty and death, Eastern and Western.

Recent Issues

No Center: Omani Writers on the Question of Identity

Behind Closed Doors: Chilean Stories of Domestic Life

Dreaming of Us: New Swedish Writing

International Graphic Novels: Volume XIII

Laughing Matters: International Humor

Another Country: Afro-Brazilian Writing

The Weight of History: Writing from Vietnam

Rewriting Caste: Dalit Literature in Hindi

Like what you read? Help WWB bring you the best new writing from around the world.