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The World through the Eyes of Writers: Celebrating Fifteen Years

May 2018

Image: Mona Hatoum, "Hot Spot," 2013, stainless steel, neon tube, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, 10/7/2016 –2/6/2017.
Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Pirje Mykkänen.

This month we’re marking our fifteenth anniversary by taking readers around the globe and through our archives with work by some of our favorite contributors. Many have appeared frequently in WWB throughout the years and have gone on to greater exposure and success in English translation. Admired and originally recommended to us by literary heavyweights such as Elena Poniatowska, Ha Jin, Edwidge Danticat, and Javier Marías, these writers reflect the dazzling variety of international voices that we’ve published in the last decade and a half. Akinwumi Isola’s sly portrait of cherubic Nigerian schoolchildren subverting a patronizing missionary, Johan Harstad’s depiction of an awkward teen toggling between a dreaded test and his crush on an anorexic classmate, and Goli Taraghi’s stark account of her stay in a Parisian psychiatric clinic are just a few of the rich narratives collected here. We hope you’ll celebrate with us and continue to share our monthly explorations of writing from around the world.

Arabic script for Samt which translates as silence in English