Words Without Borders

The World through the Eyes of Writers


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Anchor Books, March 2007

Featuring the work of more than 28 writers from upwards of 20 countries, Words Without Borders: The World through the Eyes of Writers transports us to the frontiers of the new literature for the twenty-first century.

In these pages, some of the most accomplished writers in world literature–including Edwidge Danticat, Ha Jin, Cynthia Ozick, Javier Marias, and Nobel laureates Wole Soyinka, Günter Grass, Czeslaw Milosz, Wislawa Szymborska, and Naguib Mahfouz–have stepped forward to introduce us to dazzling literary talents virtually unknown to readers of English. Writers chosen for this anthology include Juan Forn, Ma Jian, Johan Harstad, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Gamal al-Ghitani, and Jo Kyung Ran. Most of their work–short stories, poems, essays, and excerpts from novels–appears here in English for the first time.

“One of the best introductions to non-Western writers there is." —Kirkus Reviews

“Words without Borders does Lonely Planet one better: It mainlines the experience of elsewhere—the wanderlust, the delirium of dislocation.”—The Village Voice