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September, 2009

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Bending the Bow: An Anthology of African Love Poetry

Bending the Bow: An Anthology of African Love Poetry was released in July 2009 by Southern Illinois University Press. Edited by Frank M. Chipasula, himself an African poet, it is a generous and attractively produced collection of a type of poetry that many people apparently haven't even noticed before.…...

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Etgar Keret's Complicated Characters Sydney's Morning Herald has a great profile on Israeli short story writer Etgar Keret today. In the interview, Keret describes what he calls Israelis' schizophrenic nature, which he says many politically-charged readers have refused to face abroad. He describes a…...

Notes from the Brooklyn Book Festival

After an hour-long Subway ride due to weekend delays, I emerged from the steps at Borough Hall station in Brooklyn to the plaza, where I was pleasantly transported from the dark inertia to the middle of a free, public, outdoor literary celebration. The annual Festival is one of New York's greatest features,…...

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International Stage at Brooklyn Book Festival No matter where you're coming from, a trip to the Brooklyn Book Festival, now in its fourth year, is sure to be worthwhile. It's distinctly local flavor adds greater value to the large scope of readings and panels, and our only wish is that it could be held…...

Weekend Reading, Sept. 4th

End of summer here in upstate New York and the cool weather is already beginning to show its face. That means more reading soon instead of our usual summery frolicking. But until then we leave you with an abbreviated weekend reading suggestion. This week we offer something by one of our absolute favorites,…...

The Task of the Novelist at the University

Like last year, I am going to teach two courses in the Netherlands this fall. One course is on two books by Coetzee, at the University of Leiden, and one is on genetic modification from a literary point of view at the University of Wageningen. According to its website, Wageningen is íthe leading…...

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New in Catalan Literature The September issue of World Literature Today is carrying a special feature on Catalan literature, guest edited by Lawrence Venuti. In his introduction, Venuti highlights the growth of Catalan literature since the end of Franco's rule in 1975, during which many Catalan writers…...

August, 2009

The Translator’s Library: Gill Paul’s Translation in Practice

The Translator's Library is a series on the books that inform and inspire the art of translation. The intricate chain of events that occurs after a translator undertakes a translation for a publishing house is explained in Translation in Practice, the first book in a projected series the Dalkey Archive…...

Weekend Reading (listening, watching)

Our late August weekend reading suggestions continue to be brief as we’ve spent our mental energy willing Hurricane Bill out into the ocean, so here are a few tidbits that you might enjoy: Listening: Rare interview with Nobel Laureate J.M.G Le Clézio at the BBC World Service Watching: A…...

Susan Harris on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Here on Earth”

A heads-up to all WWB readers, radio fans, and nature lovers: WWB Editorial Director Susan Harris will be on Wisconsin Public Radio's "Here on Earth" at 4 p.m., EDT, today, talking with Jean Feraca about international nature writing and our August issue. You can listen live over here: wpr.org/hereonearth/...

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Belarusian Poetry in Central Park: Valzhyna Mort will be reading with Laynie Browne and Cynthia Cruz on Thursday at the Arsenal in Central Park, as part of the Poetry from the Rooftops series sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. See Mort's poem "maybe you too sometimes fantasize,", translated…...

film iconPoeboes Podcast: Mark Ford on Translation

Words without Borders is delighted to bring you the second installment in our series of podcasts produced by Andre Naffis. In his Poeboes series for WWB, Naffis speaks to writers and poets from around the world and feature clips of them reading from their work. In his latest dispatch. Andre speaks to…...

Weekend Reading: The Wall in My Head

My shiny new galley of The Wall in My Head: Words and Images from the Fall of the Iron Curtain arrived yesterday. This of course isn’t any ol’ galley, this is Words Without Borders' very own anthology to be published this fall by Open Letter. No matter how many books I’ve accumulated…...

The Most Beautiful Book in the World: Eight Novellas

The Most Beautiful Book in the World: Eight Novellas By Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt Europa Editions Contemporary French literature outclasses all other nationalities when it comes to melding the popular and the profound, as epitomized by Annie Ernaux's addictively cerebral TMI or Amélie Nothomb's highbrow…...

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The first English-language collection of Jordanian poet Amjad Nasser, translated by Khaled Mattawa, has recently been released by Banipal Books. The

Summer Jobs in Europe

Since 2007, I have been doing ísummer jobsë every year. The purpose of a summer job is to earn money, obviously, but the purpose of my summer jobs has been to write about my experiences. I worked as chambermaid in Bavaria and then I was a steward in the dining car of a Swiss train. The logical…...

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This past summer in Poland, the film adaptation of Dorota Masłowska's novel Snow White and Russian Red has become quite a hit, seven years after the book was originally published by the then-19-year-old literary sensation. Alex Nowacki at the Krakow Post reflects on the phenomenon, and compares…...

July, 2009

Poets, Eunuchs, and Pricks

When Apollonius and his disciple Damis paid a visit to Rhodes in the winter of 68 AD, they stopped by the Colossus where the young man asked his mentor if society could aspire to anything greater. Apollonius replied: "Yes ... a man who has acquired wisdom through innocence." Philostratus, who noted that…...

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British poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s feature on war poetry for the Saturday Guardian, “Exit Wounds,” starts by highlighting a large body of non-Anglo work, including Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelstam, Lorca, Zbigniew Herbert, and Mahmoud Darwish. Given this range, it’s disappointing…...

Dispatches: The 2nd Pan-African Culture Festival in Algiers

Walking through the hotel lobby two hours before the concert, Malian singer-songwriter Salif Keita seemed to be on another plane of existence—when approached by dignitaries, fans and fellow musicians, Mr. Keita, wearing matching white pants, shirt and kufi cap, appeared unable to do much beyond…...

Romanian Literature is Hot: Filip Florian’s “Little Fingers”

Filip Florian, Michael ScammellWhere did the New York Times Book Review decide to publish its very first foreign-language edition? In Romania, of course. Of course? Yes! Writing about the Review, Jennifer Schuessler quotes the Times' film critic A.O. Scott saying íRomania is one of those countries…...

International Literary News

At least two anthologies featuring contemporary German literature will be out this year. In discussing them, Lizzie's Literary Life notes the "boom" in post-reunification German literature. Berlin Tales, translated by Lyn Marven and out this month from Oxford University Press, features 17 stories, mostly…...

Translation and the Teaching of Literature

In my first post, I suggested that translators' efforts in the sphere of education might have a transformative effect on the understanding and appreciation of the work of translation. In my second, I focused on the domain of foreign language teaching as one place where such efforts might bear fruit.…...

Alane Mason on Publishing Literature in Translation

At the "Big Think", Alane Salierno Mason, a founder of Words Without Borders talks about Words Without Borders and the challenges of publishing literature in translation. View it here.

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