Words without Borders announces the August 2012 Issue: New Writing from Japan, Part II

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

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Words without Borders announces the August 2012: New Writing from Japan, Part II issue

New York City, New York, August 1, 2012—Words without Borders (WWB) announces the publication of the second part of our New Writing from Japan issue guest edited by eminent translator and scholar Michael Emmerich.

In the wake of the events of March 11, 2011, in Japan, the boundaries between real and unreal, solid and fluid, seem to have shifted; Michael Emmerich has selected pieces that resonate with the country's changing mood.

This August’s issue includes work from seven writers of fiction and poetry. Only one of the pieces directly addresses the earthquake, but all reflect the current context of uncertainty and instability.

Young star Wataya Risa contributes a portrait of teenage alienation. Akutagawa Prize-winner Kawakami Mieko writes of mothers, daughters, and breast implants. And top mystery writer Asa Nonami pens a suspenseful tale of a woman in the grip of addiction draining her savings. Other contributors include Motoya Yukiko, Nomura Kiwao, Sakurai Suzumo, and Tsushima Yūko.

WWB editorial director Susan Harris notes: “This double issue of Japanese writing provides a nuanced portrait of a culture at a critical point. We’re delighted to be able to publish this illuminating work.” The double issue is produced in partnership with the British Centre for Literary Translation. We thank the BCLT, and David Karashima and the Nippon Foundation, for their generous support.

Elsewhere, in the latest installment of our World through the Eyes of Writers series, the great Syrian/Lebanese poet Adonis introduces Egyptian poet Abdel-Moneim Ramadan.

The issue will be released August 1, 2012.

For additional information, please contact:  
Contact: Joshua Mandelbaum, Executive Director
Organization Name: Words without Borders
Telephone Number: 917-499-8329
Email Address: [email protected]
Web site Address: www.wordswithoutborders.org
 
Founded in 2003, Words without Borders is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding through the translation, publication, and promotion of international literature. Our programs include our online magazine, facilitating conversations, both in person and online, between international authors and high school students, and the development of materials to help educators incorporate international literature into their classes. WWB has been featured in the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, the Boston Globe, the Guardian (UK), Vanity Fair, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as in various foreign-language papers and numerous literary blogs.