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May, 2007

The Moral Responsibility of the Author

There are so many book fairs out there that you could keep yourself busy for one year traveling from one book fair to the next. Last I weekend, I was in Turin, Italy for 48 hours at the Turin Book Fair. At every book fair there is this moment that I ask myself: What is the purpose of the book fair, again?…...

The Brooklyn Rail in Translation

The Brooklyn Rail has boldly launched a new initiative to publish translations of both short fiction and plays online. In Translation promotes literary translations and encourages collaboration between translators, authors, editors and publishers. Their launch issue presents Excerpts from Sodom and Berlin…...

December, 1969

Audio Test

Words without Borders is delighted to announce the debut of an ongoing series of podcasts produced by Andre Naffis. In his Poeboes series for WWB, Naffis will speak to writers and poets from around the world and feature clips of them reading from their work. South African poet Breyten Breytenbach reads…...

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Translation?

Just back from an exhilarating translation conference in Salzburg, held in the castle where Sound of Music is set. Our usual scruffy group discussing finding equivalents for smutty idioms in rooms with eighteen-foot ceilings and festooned with putti. You can imagine the cognitive dissonance. The conference,…...

Notes from Frankfurt

Turkey, the guest of honor, has dispatched a delegation of 350 writers, interpreters, and translators to the Book Fair. A Fair supplement to the English-language paper Today's Zaman notes that Turkey's application for guest country status had been repeatedly turned down "because of issues including torture…...

Azalea, Volume One

This month sees the launch of Azalea, a splendid new journal of Korean literature and culture from the Korea Institute at Harvard University. Over 400 pages of fiction, poetry, and prose include a section on Kim Young-ha, and forty-nine poems. ranging from Kim Young-ha to Orhan Pamuk. It's also gorgeous,…...

Diacritical Design

Note the elegant solution to the diacritical issue in the Croatian writer Dubravka Ugre…ić's website.

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