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January, 2009

Amber Qureshi Discusses Yoko Ogawa’s “Dormitory”

In her final post for the Ogawa book club, moderator Amber Qureshi talks about the third novella in The Diving Pool and the author’s cinematic use of light and shadow in her writing. Thanks to all for reading along and we hope that if you have a thought on this or any other post in the series,…...

Dispatches: African Literature in Translation

In the course of writing my book A Basket of Leaves, I looked for books that told the best stories I could find about each of the fifty-four countries in Africa. They included novels, short story collections, memoirs, travel and adventure tales, and even some poetry. About half of the books I chose were…...

For Translators—Vermont Studio Center Deadlines

For all our translator-readers, the Vermont Studio Center has listed the fellowships available as part of its upcoming February 17 application deadline. For more details on the fellowships, application requirements and the list itself, head to the VSC website where they provide important information…...

Dispatches: Neither Here nor There

One of the issues I’ve always had in being bicultural—especially now that I call Colombia my home (although I’m in England at the moment)—is the dilemma of loving a country…and yet not being able to represent it. Maybe the problem is the word “represent”—because…...

Updike and Foreign Fiction

In May 1998 I opened the New Yorker to discover a review, by John Updike, of Péter Esterházy’s She Loves Me, which I’d published in my Hydra imprint in late 1997. The review was not a rave. Updike compared the book unfavorably to Calvino, tsk-tsked at the breakneck pace of the…...

Reading for BOMB’s issue dedicated to Montevideo, Santiago & Buenos Aires

The following event may be of interest to our readers in New York City: Please join us in celebrating the publication of BOMB #106, dedicated to Montevideo, Santiago & Buenos Aires Reading & Launch Party Reception, Thursday, Jan. 29 6:30–8:30pm Co-sponsored by NYU’s MFA Program in…...

Translated Around the Web

If you’re reading 2666 yet not interested in the gossip columns on Roberto Bolaño, you may enjoy the thoughtful conversation going on about the book in this “bolaño-l” discussion group, hosted by the person who has a blog devoted to the author, “Las obras de Roberto…...

“The Diving Pool” Blog Post

In her blog post on the titular story from Yoko Ogawa’s collection of novellas, Amber Qureshi discusses the author’s unique use of rhythm and imagery and posits some questions for discussion. For links to other essays in this book club series, go to the bottom of the page, and do feel free…...

Best Translated Book of 2008: Fiction and Poetry Finalists

Chad Post of Open Letter Books just announced the ten fiction and ten poetry finalists for the 2008 Best Translated Book of the Year award. The goal of the award is to help bring attention to great works of literature published in the United States over the past year. The award will culminate with the…...

From Ghazal to Zuihitsu: A Conference on Translating Asian Languages and Cultures

This recently came in from Roger Sedarat at Queens College: The Queens College MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation hosts a translation conference from March 26-March 28, 2009, with panels on translation pedagogy, Asian and Middle Eastern languages and literatures, translation in…...

From the Symposium: Studying the Arab World in Western Universities

Last month I attended the symposium "The Study of the Arab World in Western Universities," sponsored by ALESCO, the Arab League Educational and Scientific Organization, and hosted by the Arabic department of the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, aka SOAS. The…...

Allison Powell on “The Diving Pool”

In an essay that was originally featured in the companion booklet to her and Stephen Snyder’s discussion of The Diving Pool at the Idlewild bookstore in New York City, Allison Powell talks about Ogawa, the themes of the author’s work and speculates about the riveting and twisted imagery and…...

We’re In This Together, Individually: Report from a Roundtable Discussion on “The World of the Trans

Poet Jorie Graham once said, “It is the poet’s dream to communicate. To say what we’re really saying.” And if you think about how hard it is to truly come clean in your own sentence, your own work’s paragraph, and then turn that into distilling another poet’s communication,…...

Ogawa Book Club Post—“Pregnancy Diary”

In her second post for our Diving Pool-discussion, Amber Qureshi discusses “Pregnancy Diary,“one of the novellas from the book and poses questions for our readers. You can find links to previous posts in the discussion at the bottom of the page, and we encourage you to read them and to join…...

Plumbing the Haunted Imagination of Yoko Ogawa

Austin Woerner reports on the discussion between Stephen Snyder and Allison Powell at the Idlewild bookstore last Thursday, January 8, in New York City. You can find the video from the event at the Words Without Borders Youtube channel—Editors As a translator of a language very different from my…...

film icon Yoko Ogawa Discussion on Video

If you missed the terrific discussion between Stephen Snyder and Allison Powell on Yoko Ogawa's The Diving Pool last week, you're in luck, because we're making a video available on YouTube. Here's part one and you can check in on our YouTube Channel for the rest as we post them (if you…...

An Introduction to “The Diving Pool” by Yoko Ogawa

Amber Qureshi jumpstarts the discussion of Yoko Ogawa’s Diving Pool with an introduction to the author, her work and contemporary Japanese literature. Amber will be posting her impressions of The Diving Pool on a weekly basis throughout January and we hope all of our readers, and the attendees…...

“The Literature of Immigration” at FLYP

FLYP takes a look at the “Literature of Immigration” in its latest issue and features short interviews with the participants at the WWB- and Americas Society-sponsored event at the Americas Society in New York City last October. The event featured Neil Bissoondath, Marjorie Agosin and WWB…...

Online Book Club for “The Diving Pool” by Yoko Ogawa

This January, we kick off the year in book clubs with an online discussion of Yoko Ogawa’s Diving Pool. Ogawa is one of contemporary Japan’s most celebrated authors, and her collection of meticulously crafted, dark and troubling novellas provides a glimpse into the subtle, twisted drama of…...

Dispatches: Translator/Author Complexity

In working through my own ideas of how I approach texts to be translated, a persistent issue that may never be resolved is that of the author’s role. As much as I tell myself that I should have a clear idea of my position — or at least know what I think — the more I’m convinced…...

Everything for Literature

There is a myth that journalistic endeavors interfere with the true vocation of a novelist: writing novels. I find that the opposite is true. My journalistic excursions have, if anything, enhanced my work as a novelist. In early December, I traveled to Ukraine on a so-called íromance tour.ë…...

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