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Recent work from the pages of Words Without Borders

Family in a tunnel
Photo by Lute on Unsplash
Family in a tunnel
Photo by Lute on Unsplash
Because of a Woman: Two Poems
By Babeth Fonchie Fotchind
Dutch poet Babeth Fonchie Fotchind remembers the women in her family and evokes her family’s immigration from Cameroon to the Netherlands in these two poems.
Translated from Dutch by Michele Hutchison
Portrait of author Karim Kattan
Photo: R Topakian
The City and the Writer: In Jericho with Karim Kattan
By Nathalie Handal
Karim Kattan talks with Nathalie Handal about borders, oral storytelling, and tropicality in Jericho.
Person in front of a blue city
Photo by Jr Korpa on Unsplash
The March 4th Incident
By Sabda Armandio
In this excerpt of Sabda Armandio’s futuristic crime novel 24 Hours with Gaspar, a writer begins investigating a mysterious criminal named Gaspar.
Translated from Indonesian by Lara Norgaard
Shadows in a dark room
Photo by Parker Coffman on Unsplash
Ancestors: Two Poems
By Alfred Schaffer
Dutch poet Alfred Schaffer remembers his parents and evokes his Aruban ancestors in these two poems.
Translated from Dutch by Michele Hutchison
The Rahue River winding through lush greenery
Manuel cossu, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
By Jaime Huenún Villa
Jaime Huenún Villa remembers his Huilliche-Mapuche ancestors and their wise way of being in the territory.
Translated from Spanish by Cynthia Steele
Empty train tracks disappearing into the horizon in a dry landscape
Photo by Robert Linder on Unsplash
The Kettledrum
By Siddique Alam
An Adivasi widow is forced to join her son and daughter-in-law in the city in this excerpt from Siddique Alam’s collection The Kettledrum.
Translated from Urdu by Musharraf Ali Farooqi
A row of building windows facing another row of windows in front of it
Photo by Sabri Tuzcu on Unsplash
By Felipe Franco Munhoz
Felipe Franco Munhoz follows two pandemic-bound neighbors seeking connection through a window in this installment of our Time Signatures series.
Translated from Portuguese by Alison Entrekin