Guest Editor Carmen Boullosa

What is it like to grow up in a country where the only safe place you can gather with friends is in your own home? How do you raise a family when going to the supermarket is fraught with the danger of being kidnapped? This is the situation in Mexico, where the drug wars have transformed the country into a living hell. Guest editor Carmen Boullosa has assembled compelling essays, interviews, fiction, and poetry from Mexican writers on the impact of this bloody conflict. In their eyewitness reports, Luis Felipe Fabre, Rafael Perez Gay, Yuri Herrera, Rafael Lemus, Fabrizio Mejia Madrid, Hector de Mauleon, Magali Tercero, Jorge Volpi, and Juan Villoro document the crisis and demand the world's attention.

From the other side of the world, we present poetry commemorating last year's Japanese earthquake, and launch a new serial about an unexpected pig.


Fiction Serial



Japan One Year Later

Do Not Tremble

I did not know that the earth / Is an unruly cradle


Noisy Animal

Noisy animals can see Kafka’s castle in the valleys of the Musashino plain



Book Reviews

Friedrich Christian Delius’s “Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman”

Christian Delius confirms his facility with experimental form and skillfully creates a varied and textured experience for the reader


César Aira’s “Varamo”

What is it that we do, really, when we write? And why can’t a fish be embalmed to look like it’s playing a tiny piano?


Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky’s “The Letter Killers Club”

To the members of the Letter Killers Club, letters of the alphabet are the prison cells of concepts, and they need to be destroyed.


Sleepless Homeland

In which junkie’s syringe did you become trapped, my Homeland?