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March, 2015

My Favorite Bookstore: Nicolette Hoekmeijer on Athenaeum Amsterdam

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Athenaeum Booksellers, Spui 14-16, 1012 XA Amsterdam Imagine you’re a young Japanese tourist in Amsterdam who suddenly feels the urge to read up on his next holiday destination in the travel magazine WYP (働きながらインを探). Or you’re…...

Spirited Away: Hideo Furukawa’s “Horses, Horses, in the Innocence of Light,” Part 2

Read the first part of this excerpt here. We took off in the middle of the night. Four of us stuffed into a small car with a license plate from Kashiwa, in Chiba. A rental car. For the people from Shinchō publishing this was just a continuation of the evening. Not for me. For me, following one or…...

Spirited Away: Hideo Furukawa’s “Horses, Horses, in the Innocence of Light,” Part 1

Translator's Note: Furukawa Hideo is one of the most powerful and energetic of contemporary Japanese writers. His writings, like his readings, come in torrents. They reflect his background in theater and stage. While Furukawa is from Fukushima Prefecture, from a town called Kōriyama, and while…...

The City and the Writer: In Dublin with Roddy Doyle

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Special City Series: Ireland 2015 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.                              …...

The Week in Translation

GO   what: A Celebration of International Poetry: Tomasz Różycki and Matthew Rohrer with Mira Rosenthal, co-presented by the Kosciuszko Foundation and the Polish Cultural Institute when: Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 pm where: The Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th Street, New York, NY…...

Blonde on Blonde: Emily Schultz Interviews Her Translator, Éric Fontaine

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While Éric Fontaine was working on the translation of my novel The Blondes from English into French, I was in Brooklyn and he was in Montreal. This was the first time my fiction had been translated, and it was very exciting for me to see the translation process and the final result. Fontaine’s…...

The City and the Writer: In Dublin with Dan Sheehan

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Special City Series/Ireland 2015 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.                              …...

We Have a New Editor!

We’re pleased to welcome Eric M. B. Becker as the new editor of Words without Borders. He joined us last week and has jumped right in with preparations for our April issue on Tamil literature and May issue on writing from Palestine. Eric comes to us with experience as a literary translator, editor,…...

The Week in Translation

GO   what: Your Language--My Ear: Russian and American Poets at Close Quarters when: Tuesday, March 3, 6:15pm where: The Heyman Center, Room 1512, International Affairs Building, Columbia University more info: http://ow.ly/JOXMP   SUBMIT   what: The Guardian's 2015 Stephen Spender…...

February, 2015

The Shareable Loneliness of Translating

Literary translation is a rather lonely enterprise: not only because, like writing, it requires long periods of hermitic concentration, but because one is never sure if a translated text will find readers.  For Anglophone readers, literature in translation is a specialized taste, at best exotic,…...

The Other Road: Maximilien Le Roy’s Collaborative Storytelling

I first discovered graphic novelist Maximilien Le Roy through his book Nietzsche: Se Créer Liberté (“The Creation of Freedom”), a graphic-novel biography he wrote in collaboration with French philosopher Michel Onfray. Drawing from a text that Onfray first published as a screenplay,…...

The City and the Writer: In Copenhagen with Hanne-Vibeke Holst

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Special City Series/Copenhagen, Denmark 2015 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 Copenhagen…...

The Week in Translation

SUBMIT what: Transference Literary Journal: Dedicated to the celebration of poetry in translation, the journal publishes translations from Arabic, Chinese, French and Old French, German, Classical Greek and Latin, Japanese, and Russian into English verse.  submission deadline: February 28,…...

The Translator Relay: Alyson Waters

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Our "Translator Relay" series features a new interview each month. This month's translator will choose the next interviewee, adding a different, sixth question. For December's installment, Michael Emmerich passed the baton to Alyson Waters, a French translator whose authors include: …...

Fact, Act, Phenomenon: On Translating “Un fatto umano”

When I first picked up Manfredi Giffone’s Un fatto umano, excerpted in Words without Borders as A Human Act, I expected nothing more than a violent diversion similar to the Godfather or Scarface. In fact, the book approaches the mafia from the opposite end, focusing on the corrosive effects wrought…...

The City and the Writer: In Copenhagen with Martin Glaz Serup

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Special City Series/Copenhagen, Denmark 2015 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.                                                        …...

The Week in Translation

SUBMIT what: Transference Literary Journal: Dedicated to the celebration of poetry in translation, the journal publishes translations from Arabic, Chinese, French and Old French, German, Classical Greek and Latin, Japanese, and Russian into English verse.  submission deadline: February 28,…...

The City and the Writer: In Copenhagen with Lone Kühlmann

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Special City Series/Copenhagen, Denmark 2015 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 Copenhagen…...

The Week in Translation

SUBMIT what: Transference Literary Journal: Dedicated to the celebration of poetry in translation, the journal publishes translations from Arabic, Chinese, French and Old French, German, Classical Greek and Latin, Japanese, and Russian into English verse.  submission deadline: February 28,…...

Where the Sidewalk Bends: Interview with Adriana Lisboa

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A novelist, poet, and short story writer, Adriana Lisboa’s works include the novels Symphony in White (winner of the José Saramago Prize), Crow Blue (named one of the best books of the year by The Independent), and Hanoi (one of O Globo’s best books of the year), the poetry collection…...

The Week in Translation

SUBMIT what: Transference Literary Journal: Dedicated to the celebration of poetry in translation, the journal publishes translations from Arabic, Chinese, French and Old French, German, Classical Greek and Latin, Japanese, and Russian into English verse.  submission deadline: February 28,…...

The City and the Writer: In Copenhagen with Janne Teller

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Special City Series/Copenhagen, Denmark 2015 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 Copenhagen…...

January, 2015

Pulp Fiction as Speculative Sociology: On Hernán Vanoli

I have always been drawn to literature driven by overt or covert sociological inquiries, fictions constructed to understand on various individual or collective levels those vexing questions of cultural or political history that social scientists spend their careers measuring, theorizing, and debating. …...

Ode to the Mango: My Dinners with Neruda

The one time I visited Santiago de Chile—it was July 1991, winter in the southern hemisphere, and the days were sunny, cold and crisp—I made the pilgrimage to Pablo Neruda’s house on the coast, in a place called Isla Negra. My reason for this trip to the Cono Sur—I would also…...

Bard on the Beach: Remembering Phu on Thailand’s Gulf Coast

Two hours east of Bangkok, on Thailand's gulf coast, lies the small beach town of Bang Saen. Lined mostly with casual restaurants and lower to middle-range accommodations, Bang Saen is usually bypassed by foreign travelers for more glamorous resorts further east, leaving these laid-back shores to…...

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