February brings our annual showcase of the international graphic novel. On topics ranging from the Spanish Civil War to the Shining Path, organized labor in France and broken homes in South Africa, these artists delineate character and plot in their singular styles. See how Antonio Altarriba and Kim, Jesús Cossio, Étienne Davodeau, Karlien de Villiers, Akino Kondoh, Migo Rollz, and Li-Chin Yin make every picture tell a story.  And in a special feature, graphic artist and translator Matt Madden introduces the Oubapo, the graphic arm of the Oulipo, with wildly inventive work by François Ayroles, Patrice Killoffer, and Etienne Lécroart.

In the latest installment of our World Through the Eyes of Writers column, the great Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko introduces Belarus’s Uladzimir Niakliaeu.


World through the Eyes of Writers

On Uladzimir Niakliaeu

A poet in Belarus is, as Pushkin said, "more than a poet."


World through the Eyes of Writers

Memory of Cranes

Now it shrieks as if somebody were sawing iron: / It's you! It's you!


Oubapo Comics


Acrostic

Let's go . . . far away . . . anywhere . . . start over


Palindrome

Why don't we visit my parents on the farm?


Counting on You

I still can't bring myself to erase your name from my address book.



Book Reviews

Eduardo Halfon’s “The Polish Boxer”

"The Polish Boxer" is a book of small miracles


Kirill Medvedev’s “It’s No Good: poems/ essays/ actions”

In 2004, the Russian poet Kirill Medvedev posted an unusual announcement on his Web site: “I have no copyright to my texts and cannot have any such right.” Those who wished to use his writings,…...

Tongue-tied

I felt like I had a Taiwanese body with the mask of a Chinese person.

A Shining Path of Blood: Massacres and a Monologue

Silence! One must not question the justice meted out by the Party!

Ladybirds’ Requiem

The whole thing started with an accident.

My Mother Was a Very Beautiful Woman

She tried homeopathic remedies and other alternative medicines.

Mean Folk: The Story of a Movement

Our workdays were long, the work was mind-numbing.

The Last of the Bunch

He moved away more than thirty years before you were born.