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February, 2013

From the Archives: Graphic History

With this seventh edition of our annual graphic novel issue, we've now published close to eighty graphic works. Despite the "comics" label, many of these pieces are anything but playful, as artists and writers turn to the graphic form to document painful histories both political and personal. Some…...

Jesús Cossio’s “Barbarism”: The Graphic Novel as Testimony

As a high schooler living in early ‘90s Spain, I spent many a Sunday night nursing a fierce hangover thanks to the exaggerated nightlife on the Iberian Peninsula.   Part of my end-of-weekend routine involved eating a late dinner in front of the TV, constantly switching channels, but primarily…...

The Translator Relay: Shelley Frisch

Our "Translator Relay" series features a new interview each month. This month's translator will choose the next interviewee, adding a different, sixth question. Ross Benjamin passed the baton to Shelley Frisch, who has published widely on German literature, film, cabaret, and the political…...

The City and the Writer: In Fayetteville with Geoffrey Brock

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If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                       —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities  …...

Translation Roundup

READ Interviews, Articles, Reviews Just in time for our latest issue, PEN Atlas looks at the state of graphic novels around the world. How do you save a dying language? Linguist Geoffrey Khan is racing to save Aramaic by talking to its elderly Middle Eastern speakers, many of whom now live in Chicago's…...

The Espadrilles of Benuaventura Durruti:  On Translating “The Art of Flying”

Fairly early in Antonio Altarriba's The Art of Flying, the protagonist, the author’s father, deserts his post in the Nationalist Spanish army and crawls across the battle lines, where he is apprehended by a band of soldiers fighting for the Republic.  Dropping to his knees and declaring…...

The Week in Translation

GO Readings what: Jack Kerouac's Bilingualism: A Panel Discussion  when: Monday, February 18, 6pm where: Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor, Barnard Hall, New York, NY  more info: http://ow.ly/hPfix what: The Bridge Series: Stephen Snyder & Allison Markin Powell when: Thursday, February…...

Sebald and the Old Masters

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Until last year, I had never read a word of W.G. Sebald. So far I have read only Vertigo, his first work, and The Rings of Saturn, but I have greatly enjoyed not only the beauty, grace, and dry humor of Sebald’s language but the echoes of Proust, Kafka, Poe,and Bruno Schulz that it contains. Both…...

Book Review: “Nazim Hikmet: The Life and Times of Turkey’s World Poet”

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In the soon-to-be-published biography Nazim Hikmet: The Life and Times of Turkey’s World Poet, poet Mutlu Konuk Blasing shows a thorough knowledge of both the poet’s work and its cultural context. English readers have Konuk Blasing to thank for her collaborations that have made Hikmet’s…...

Translation Roundup

READ Honors and Awards Congratulations to this year's Caldecott and Newberry Medal winners! Interviews, Articles, Reviews Check out the new, multi-media Untranslateable Words Database. Three Percent calls Naoki Inose and Hiroaki Sato's biography of infamous Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima, Persona,…...

Messages from Mexico

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Published in January by Small Beer Press, Three Messages and a Warning brings together thirty-four of what the editors call “contemporary Mexican short stories of the fantastic.” Each of them is freshly translated, and many of the authors have never appeared before in English. The collection,…...

The Week in Translation

GO Events what: Mellon Visiting Artist Talk with Paul Muldoon  when: Wednesday, February 6, 7pm where: Italian Academy/Casa Italiana, New York, NY more info: http://ow.ly/hp8s7 Workshops what: The Art of Literary Translation: A Workshop in Paris, with Alyson Waters when: June 23-July 19, 2013…...

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