Archives

June, 2014

The Perils and Nonpereils of Literary Nonsense Translation

After the 1923 publication of Sukumar Ray’s seminal book of Bengali nonsense literature, Abol Tabol, nobody dared to translate it into English.  Bengalis tended to revere Ray’s masterful, layered language and cultural clout as sacred—a kind of perfect, and perfectly impenetrable…...

May, 2014

The Week in Translation

GO   what: Launch for The Book of Rio and The Football Crônicas, featuring Lucy Greaves, Toni Marques, Jethro Soutar, and Diego Trelles Paz. when: Monday, June 2, 7pm where: Free Word Lecture Theatre, London more info: http://ow.ly/wK7vA   what: 45th Poetry International Festival,…...

Zürich Meets New York: Max Frisch at Deutsches Haus

Max Frisch is a figure so seminal that he’s ironically also easy to miss: Frisch’s Homo Faber is the first full novel I ever read in German (in a 200-level undergraduate class) and, as unfortunately so often happens with masterpieces subjected to the classroom treatment, I never thought much…...

The City and the Writer: In New York City with Susan Cheever

Image of The City and the Writer: In New York City with Susan Cheever
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 Can you describe the mood of New York City as you feel/see it? New York City is fast-moving,…...

“Poesia Em Trânsito” (Poetry in Motion)

From February 11 to 24 of this year the Fundação Gregório de Matos (FGM), the cultural sector of Salvador da Bahia’s local government, sponsored the program “Poesia em Trânsito,” or Poetry in Motion. During this time, twenty poets and street performers presented…...

The Week in Translation:

GO   what: Launch for The Book of Rio and The Football Crônicas, featuring Lucy Greaves, Toni Marques, Jethro Soutar, and Diego Trelles Paz. when: Monday, June 2, 7pm where: Free Word Lecture Theatre, London more info: http://ow.ly/wK7vA   what: 45th Poetry International Festival, In…...

Where the Sidewalk Bends: Romeo and Juliet in the Dessert Aisle

Like a Portuguese baker preparing creamy pastéis de nata, to write this post I need to start with eggs. Yolks, to be specific. During the Colonial period, Portuguese convents and monasteries used the whites (clara) for starching clothes in their laundries, while the yolks (gema) were simply thrown…...

From the Abu Dhabi Book Fair

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (April 30–May 5) has just wrapped up its seventh year. As in the past, the fair was an enormous undertaking, with school field trips, dozens of author events and book signings, cooking demonstrations, book sales, professional seminars, publisher-to-publisher…...

The City and the Writer: In Reykjavik with Andri Snær Magnason

Image of The City and the Writer: In Reykjavik with Andri Snær Magnason
Special Series / Iceland 2014 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 Can you describe the mood of Reykjavik as you feel/see…...

The Week in Translation

GO what: Launch for The Book of Rio and The Football Crônicas, featuring Lucy Greaves, Toni Marques, Jethro Soutar, and Diego Trelles Paz. when: Monday, June 2, 7pm where: Free Word Lecture Theatre more info: http://ow.ly/wK7vA what: 45th Poetry International…...

From the Translator: One-handed Translation

When presumably innocent Susan Harris and Samantha Schnee were in touch about translating a story by Israel Centeno titled “Romanza Pornomilitar,” selected by editor Ana Nuño for the special Venezuelan issue, the answer, honestly, was a no-brainer. I was “encantada” (a…...

The Short on “Short”: An Interview with Alan Ziegler

Alan Ziegler—beloved Columbia University professor, master teacher of teaching, writer in his own right, and champion of short prose—is also the editor of Short: An International Anthology of Five Centuries of Short-Short Stories, Prose Poems, Brief Essays, and Other Short Prose Forms.…...

My Favorite Bookstore: Emily Vizzo on Bart’s Books

Image of My Favorite Bookstore: Emily Vizzo on Bart’s Books
302 West Matilija Street, Ojai, California 93023 I have a particular affection for Bart’s Books in Ojai, California. When I first started driving cars, just getting there was an adventure. To get there from my hometown, you have to take a deep, veering right-hand turn off the coastal 101 North…...

The City and the Writer: In Reykjavik with Kristín Ómarsdóttir

Image of The City and the Writer: In Reykjavik with Kristín Ómarsdóttir
Special Series / Iceland 2014 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 Can you describe the mood of Reykjavik as you…...

PEN World Voices -  Master/Class: László Krasznahorkai and Colm Tóibín

Image of PEN World Voices -  Master/Class: László Krasznahorkai and Colm Tóibín
On my way to see Colm Tóibín interview László Krasznahorkai I read Will Self's Guardian article "The novel is dead (this time it's for real)." I can only conclude after listening to Mr. Krasznahorkai speak about his life and art that the novel is dead only in…...

PEN World Voices Festival 2014: Balkan Literature

5pm, Saturday, May 3, 2014 Invisible Dog, Brooklyn NY Participants: Aleksandar Hemon, Igor Stiks, Ognjen Spahic, Vladimir Tasic Moderator: Mika Buljevic Presented in association with Invisible Dog and Trust for Mutual Understanding. During this lively panel in the sprawling, sunlit loft on the top floor…...

The Week in Translation

GO what: 45th Poetry International Festival, In Other Words translation project when: June 10-14 where: Rotterdam more info: http://ow.ly/uSSSG SUBMIT what: Workshop in Scholarly and Literary Translation from Slavic Languages when: June 16-20, 2014 where: University of Illinois…...

PEN World Voices: A Windy Indy Book Fair at the Literary Mews

Image of PEN World Voices: A Windy Indy Book Fair at the Literary Mews
After record-breaking rains this week, Friday dawned sunny and windy—near-perfect weather for a book fair along the picturesque pedestrian alleyway known as the NYU Mews. Words without Borders was one of 20-some independent presses and magazines convened by the Council of Literary Magazines and…...

PEN World Voices 2014: Babette’s Feast 2.0

Amid the impressive and overwhelming lineup of this year’s PEN World Voices Festival, “Babette’s Feast 2.0: 101 Spring Street” stood out for its tantalizing premise. Who could resist the opportunity to hear readings from five prominent, mostly Nordic, writers—a literary…...

PEN World Voices 2014: Literature of the Great War

7 pm, Wednesday, April 30 The Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, The Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Square Participants: Geoff Dyer, Justin Go, & Liesl Schillinger Moderator: Janne Teller Co-sponsored by Cooper Union, Melville House, and New York Review Books Classics.     When someone in…...

Development Intern

Words without Borders (WWB) seeks a highly motivated, organized, and detail-oriented Development Intern. The Development Intern will report to the Executive Director and work closely with the Administrative Coordinator to support the organization’s fundraising activities including institutional…...

Where the Sidewalk Bends: Interview with Paulo Henriques Britto

Image of Where the Sidewalk Bends: Interview with Paulo Henriques Britto
The title of Paulo Henriques Britto’s most recent poetry collection, Formas do nada (Forms of Nothing), should tip you off to the kind of writer he is—concise yet expansive, simultaneously straightforward and existential. His smart, playful poems, usually written in Portuguese but occasionally…...

April, 2014

Talking about Taboos: Dutch and Flemish Writers at BookCourt, Tomorrow May 1

163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited--please RSVP.  Join us for a lively panel discussion and reading in celebration of the May 2014 issue of Words without Borders featuring new Dutch and Flemish writing on taboos. Joseph O'Neill will…...

From the Translator: Han Yujoo’s “Lament”: Writing Through the Blank Page

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. If you’re Han Yujoo and life gives you writer’s block, you write about it and create something beautiful in the process. Let me begin by clarifying: I’m a translator, and I’m also a writer. Or, as I like to say, I’m a translator…...

The City and the Writer: In Reykjavik, Iceland with Sjón

Image of The City and the Writer: In Reykjavik, Iceland with Sjón
Special Series / Iceland 2014 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   Can you describe the mood of Reykjavik as you…...

Page 3 of 48 pages  < 1 2 3 4 5 >  Last ›

- top -