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Yalo Discussion Forum

by The Editors, September 7, 2008

Have a comment you'd like to add to the discussion? Add it below. Comments are moderated and may take a while to appear on the forum.

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Walser and the Visual Arts

by The Editors, June 30, 2008

Post your thoughts on Walser or The Assistant below. Comments are moderated, and will appear after a very short delay, so avoid posting twice if you notice that your post doesn't appear immediately. Comment here on Tom Whalen's "Composition for Robert Walser" as well as Sam Jones's interviews with Tom…...read more »

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The Translators’ Roundtable Forum

by The Editors, June 12, 2008

Post your thoughts on Walser or The Assistant below. Comments are moderated, and will appear after a very short delay, so avoid posting twice if you notice that your post doesn't appear immediately. In the Translators' Roundtable, Damion Searls, Tom Whalen, Millay Hyatt and Mark Harman spoke about discovering…...read more »

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“The Assistant” Book Club Discussion

by The Editors, May 29, 2008

Post your thoughts on Walser or The Assistant below. Comments are moderated, and will appear after a very short delay, so avoid posting twice if you notice that your post doesn't appear immediately. Have a thought but need a prompt to put it into words? Take a look at our discussion questions: —Some…...read more »

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HERBERT: POET OF DESPONDENT HOPE

by The Editors, February 24, 2008

Raport z oblężonego miasta Report from a Besieged City by Cynthia Haven In the final installment in our discussion on Zbigniew Herbert's Collected Poems Cynthia Haven leads us through Herbert's Report from a Besieged City. We're deeply grateful for both Cynthia's and James's wonderful…...read more »

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“I will oppress you with my strange love”:  Andrzej Franaszek discusses the friendship of Zbigniew H

by The Editors, February 10, 2008

Andrzej Franaszek is a literary critic and cultural editor of the Polish weekly Tygodnik Powszechny. He is the author of Ciemne źródło (Dark Spring), which discusses the subject of suffering in the poetry of Zbigniew Herbert (the second edition will be published later in 2008). He is also…...read more »

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Inside the Echo Chamber: A Conversation with Alissa Valles

by James Marcus, February 3, 2008

Alissa Valles was born in Amsterdam to an American father and a Dutch mother. She grew up in the USA and the Netherlands and studied Slavic languages, literature and history at the School of Slavonic & East European Studies in London and later at universities in Poland, Russia and the United States.…...read more »

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“Emigration, Displacement and Loss in Polish Poetry: An Interview with Anna Frajlich”

by The Editors, January 21, 2008

by Anna Frajlich Cynthia Haven talks to Anna Frajlich about exile, aesthetics, ethics and more in the work of Zbigniew Herbert. You can read Anna Frajlich's essay on Herbert's "Apollo and Marsyas" over here. —Editors Anna Frajlich has been called "the best Polish poetess of her generation." The…...read more »

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“The Truth of Human Suffering”: Anna Frajlich on “Apollo and Marsyas”

by The Editors, January 15, 2008

by Anna Frajlich Anna Frajlich talks about aesthetics and ethics in Herbert's "Apollo and Marsyas." Anna Frajlich has been called "the best Polish poetess of her generation." The émigré poet, scholar, and educator teaches at Columbia University.—Editors Herbert's poetry takes us into…...read more »

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Expanses of the Unspoken: An Interview with Peter Dale Scott

by The Editors, January 8, 2008

by Peter Dale Scott Cynthia Haven interviews Peter Dale Scott, one of the earliest translators of the work of Zbigniew Herbert. You can find James Marcus's introduction to the poet over here.—Editors Peter Dale Scott has worn many hats: he is a poet, former diplomat, professor emeritus of English…...read more »

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Final Thoughts on Laye

by The Editors, January 2, 2008

In the final installment of our book club discussion of Camara Laye's The Radiance of the King, Laila Lalami discusses the ways in which Laye's book went against the literary conventions of writing about "the dark continent."—Editors As I mentioned in an earlier post, the NYRB edition of Camara…...read more »

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Kafka and Laye—Literary Influences in “The Radiance of the King”

by The Editors, December 17, 2007

In this installment of our discussion of The Radiance of the King, Laila talks about the influences at play in Laye's work, the contentious issue of the book's authorship and the ways in which Laye is most like—and unlike—the author he quotes in the epigraph to his book.—Editors Let…...read more »

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

by The Editors, December 10, 2007

In the second post in our December book club on The Radiance of the King, Laila Lalami talks about the story of The Radiance of the King and the unique ways in which it addresses the protagonist's complicated personal journey. Also see Laila's introductory post—Editors. I want to start our discussion…...read more »

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December Book Club—Laila Lalami on Camara Laye’s The Radiance of the King

by The Editors, December 3, 2007

This month, Laila Lalami heads our book club discussion of Camara Laye's The Radiance of the King. Laila is the author of the 2005 collection of fiction Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits and you can find more of her writing at her blog. We're thrilled to have Laila hosting discussion this month and hope…...read more »

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Cogwheels

by The Editors, December 1, 2007

As we come to the end of our book club on Ryunosuke Akutagawa's short story collection Mandarins, Michael tackles Cogwheels, another posthumously published story by the author. We'd like to thank Michael Orthofer again, for a great month of reading Akutagawa and a fantastic journey through the life and…...read more »

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The Life of a Fool

by The Editors, November 29, 2007

As we near the home stretch of our discussion of Ryunosuke Akutagawa's Mandarins, Michael Orthofer offers up some ruminations on The Life of a Fool, Akutagawa's posthumously-published collection of very short pieces. Earlier posts can be found here: a look at the titular story, Mandarins; the approach…...read more »

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Akutagawa—the Writer, the Works

by The Editors, November 26, 2007

As we near the end of our discussion of Ryunosuke Akutagawa's The Mandarins this month, Michael Orthofer dwells a little on our ideas of the author and his work. Earlier posts can be found here: a look at the titular story, Mandarins; the approach to storytelling in Evening Conversation; a conversation…...read more »

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Literary Influences and East Meets West

by The Editors, November 17, 2007

Michael Orthofer continues with yet another post for this month's book club, on the next of the stories from Ryunosuke Akutagawa's collections Mandarins. We began the month with an introduction to Akutagawa's works; a look at the titular story, Mandarins; and the approach to storytelling in Evening Conversation.…...read more »

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An Evening Conversation

by The Editors, November 13, 2007

Plowing ahead, we have the next post in this month's book club discussion on Ryunosuke Akutagawa's Mandarins. In this post, Michael Orthofer discusses the discursive narrative of Akutagawa's An Evening Conversation.—Editors I think it's worth lingering over An Evening Conversation,…...read more »

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What’s with the title?—and a look at “Mandarins”

by The Editors, November 9, 2007

Michael Orthofer kicks off discussion of Ryunosuke Akutagawa's short-story collection Mandarins in this post with a discussion of the titular story from the collection and a rumination on the murky provenance of its name. You can find Michael's earlier introductory post over here. So take a look, follow…...read more »

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November Book Club—Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s “Mandarins”

by The Editors, November 5, 2007

We're very pleased to bring you the first installment in this month's book club, dedicated to Ryunosuke Akutagawa's Mandarins. This month, discussion will be headed by Michael Orthofer, managing editor from the Complete Review and its Literary Saloon. We hope you'll follow along and jump into the fray…...read more »

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Arthur Philips on “The Rebels”, “Embers” and Gyula Krúdy

by The Editors, October 25, 2007

Arthur Phillips was born in Minneapolis in 1969 and educated at Harvard. He has been a child actor, a jazz musician, a speechwriter, a dismally failed entrepreneur, and a five-time Jeopardy! champion. His first novel, Prague, a national bestseller, was named a New York Times Notable Book, and received…...read more »

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David Leavitt Responds to Mark Sarvas in Our Book Club

by The Editors, October 20, 2007

Renowned novelist David Leavitt (The Indian Clerk, The Body of Jonah Boyd) doubles as the editor of Subtropics, the literary journal of the University of Florida. In Issue 3, Leavitt included the opening chapter of The Rebels, and I invited him to talk here a little about why he chose it. 1) How did…...read more »

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Mark Sarvas Talks about Fathers and Sons in “The Rebels”

by The Editors, October 13, 2007

Leading a book group discussion on Sándor Márai's The Rebels, one is faced with an interesting dilemma, one to which Arthur Phillips politely alluded to in his excellent New Yorker review. To begin, he told us: Sándor Márai keeps getting younger. Twelve years after he committed…...read more »

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October Book Club—“The Rebels” by Sándor Márai

by The Editors, October 4, 2007

This October, we're delighted to host a new installment in the WWB-Reading the World Book Clubs with a feature on Hungarian author Sándor Márai's The Rebels. Discussion will be headed by Mark Sarvas from The Elegant Variation, with contributions from David Leavitt and others. The Rebels…...read more »

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Teacher’s Forum

by The Editors, June 25, 2007

This forum is for teachers of world literature to exchange ideas on using WWB in the classroom. Tell us your favorite story to teach, activities you've used for teaching literature in translation, post your own syllabi, and/or ask questions of your fellow teachers. This is your forum. We look forward…...read more »

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Translation Talk

by The Editors, June 25, 2007

This forum is for you, our readers interested in translation, practitioners of translation, and others, to ask questions, exchange ideas, and share thoughts on the topic of translation. If you wish to ask our translators a question, please note who your question is for and/or the name of the relevant…...read more »

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Discussions On Translation

by The Editors, June 24, 2007

Words Without Borders presents forums on literature and translation.

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Job Announcements

by The Editors, June 24, 2007

Use this forum to post your job openings, internships and other opportunities for writers, editors and translators.

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Events Calendar

by The Editors, June 24, 2007

Please announce your upcoming events here.

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Words Without Borders Book Groups

by The Editors, June 24, 2007

Tired of the same six titles on display at the store and want some recommendations on what to read next? Looking for a few, cool people to talk about the newest titles from the international scene? If so, join in the Words without Borders book clubs. Each forum will run for a month, so tune in any time…...read more »