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Two distant snowmobiles driving across a snowy field while the sun sets behind snowy mountains
Photo by Vidar Nordli-Mathisen on Unsplash
Two distant snowmobiles driving across a snowy field while the sun sets behind snowy mountains
Photo by Vidar Nordli-Mathisen on Unsplash
The Ear
By Ann-Helén Laestadius
In this excerpt from Ann-Helén Laestadius’s novel “Stolen,” a nine-year-old Sámi girl struggles to keep silent after a man murders her beloved reindeer and threatens to kill her if she reveals what she’s seen.
Translated from Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles
a family collage behind a pair of eyes
Photo via Celina Naheed
Reasons I Feel like a Bad Iranian During a Revolution
By Celina Naheed
Celina Naheed contemplates the conflicting feelings that come from witnessing protests from afar.
A pair of black leather lace-up boots in front of a white wall
Photo by Rico Van de Voorde on Unsplash
Boots
By Nilutpal Baruah
A man with a lifelong obsession with footwear buys a pair of boots in this short story by Assamese writer Nilutpal Baruah.
Translated from Assamese by Rashmi Baruah
Multimedia
A river winds through the hilly green countryside in northern Sweden
Photo by Fredrik Posse on Unsplash
The Same River Twice: Notes on Reading, Time, and Translation
By Saskia Vogel
Saskia Vogel reflects on her years of rereading and translating Linnea Axelsson’s Ædnan and considers how readers, texts, and translations shift and evolve over time.
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Close-up of "#WomanLifeFreedom," Roya Amigh. Thread on paper, 2022. By arrangement with the artist.
WomanLifeFreedom
By Roya Amigh
Iranian artist Roya Amigh’s “WomanLifeFreedom” series, composed with thread and hair on paper, depicts the recent protests, with images inspired by social media and Persian miniature paintings.
Portrait of author Claudia Durastanti
Photo: Civitella Ranieri Foundation
The City and the Writer: In Rome with Claudia Durastanti
By Nathalie Handal
Claudia Durastanti talks with Nathalie Handal about mazes, authenticity, and passion in Rome.
Two snowy mountain peaks
Mt. Huandoy, Ancash, Peru. Inti Runa Viajero, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Another Man’s Name
By Renato Cisneros
In his new autobiographical novel, Peruvian author Renato Cisneros imagines the birth of his great-great-grandmother Nicolasa’s first child of seven with her priest—and the parents’ decision to fabricate a father for the newborn.
Translated from Spanish by Fionn Petch
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