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Words Without Borders

Words Without Borders

Words Without Borders:The Online Magazine of International Literature
  • Introducing WWB’s Development Associate, Segacy Roberts!

    We’re pleased to welcome Segacy Roberts as the development associate at Words Without Borders. After graduating from Dartmouth with a degree in English literature, Segacy returned home to New

  • In Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay’s “Abandon,” a destitute woman’s desire to write clashes with motherhood
    The Translator Relay: Samuel Rochery

    WWB’s Translator Relay features an interview with a different translator each month. This month’s translator will choose the next interviewee, adding a different, sixth question. For

  • Elvira Navarro: Interview with a Working Author

    Elvira Navarro is the author of A Working Woman (Two Lines Press, 2017). Navarro’s translator, Christina MacSweeney, spoke with her about her writing process, the thematic threads in her work, and

  • Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel on “The Gurugu Pledge” and Diversity in the Narrative Voice

    The Gurugu Pledge (And Other Stories, 2017) is Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel’s second novel to be translated into English. It takes as its subject a real-life setting: specifically, Mount Gurugu,

  • The City and the Writer: In Singapore with Amanda Lee Koe

    If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible

  • Three Poems

    The following previously unpublished poems by Armando Freitas Filho were selected by Heloisa Jahn for Revista Pessoa.   Mario and Oswald Translated by Flávia Rocha Suspicious, gay, a man’s

  • Children’s Literature in Translation: Yonder

    In recent years, a proliferation of books in translation for children and young adults has brought imaginative stories from around the world to new readers. We’re speaking with some of the extraordinary

  • Pastoral Scenes with an Intimation of Apocalypse in “Untimely” Poems and Prints of Bohuslav Reynek

    New York Review of Books

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    • Coetzee’s Boyhood Photographs
      In Boyhood and its sequels, Youth and Summertime, J.M. Coetzee uses family photographs as aides-memoire but makes no mention of his own adolescent passion for taking them. How fascinating it was, then, to see the images...
    • George Schuyler: An Afrofuturist Before His Time
      What unsettled me about Black No More (1931) the first time I read it was that George Schuyler was so merciless—about everyone. At a moment when black writers were finally awakening to the beauty of black culture, Schuyler had moved on to...
    • The Bitter Secret of ‘Wormwood’
      If Errol Morris had simply recounted the facts, even in a way that emphasized the real suffering of the victims, that would have shocked nobody. They are the stuff of every spy movie, a genre that has successfully turned state surveillance and...
    • Where the Lemon Trees Bloom
      To the Editors: In his review of Rüdiger Safranski’s Goethe: Life as a Work of Art [“Super Goethe,” NYR, December 21, 2017], Ferdinand Mount concludes: When [Goethe] finally made his long-dreamed-of trip to Italy, he remained impervious to the...
    • Whither Somalia?
      To the Editors: It was pleasing to read Jeffrey Gettleman’s description of how, despite so many problems, “Somalia Rebounds.” In my experience Somalis tend to be brave, tough, and hardworking; but that does not quite explain where the money...
    • Lend Me Your Ear
      To the Editors: The recent article by Jerome Groopman ends with a discussion of cochlear implants that paints a picture of the implantee experience that is far less positive than it is in reality.
    • The Emperor Robeson
      It is hard to find anyone under fifty who has the slightest idea who Paul Robeson is, or what he was, which is astonishing—as a singer, of course, and as an actor, his work is of the highest order. But his significance as an emblematic figure is...
    • To Be, or Not to Be
      Thirty-nine years ago my parents took a package of documents to an office in Moscow. This was our application for an exit visa to leave the Soviet Union. More than two years would pass before the visa was granted, but from that day on I have felt a...
    • ‘Dignity and Justice’: An Interview with Patrisse Khan-Cullors
      Patrisse Khan-Cullors: Over the last four and half years, we’ve seen BLM go from a phrase to a hashtag to a political platform to a movement. In the development of Black Lives Matter, we’ve seen the growth of black leadership and the rise...

    The Neglected Books Page Where forgotten books are remembered
    • Obituaries, by William Saroyan (1979)

      When he was a young man with aspirations to become a writer, William Saroyan set himself a daily task to write for at least an hour and produce at least a few pages, no matter how good, bad, or irrelevant the results. It established a discipline that served him well for over fifty years, helping... Read more

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    • “Lament,” by Brenda Chamberlain, from The New British Poets

      Lament My man is a bone ringed with weed. Thus it was on my bridal night, That the sea, risen to a green wall At our window, quenching love’s new delight, Stood curved between me and the midnight call Of him who said I was so fair He could drown for joy in the salt... Read more

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    • Free E-books of Dorothy Richardson’s Pilgrimage — and a technical note

      Almost two years ago, I embarked upon my most ambitious and, it turned out, most rewarding reading task, working through the thirteen books of Dorothy Richardson’s Pilgrimage. (Richardson referred to it as a single novel and each book as a chapter.) At the time I wrote: … while a complete scholarly edition of Richardson’s work... ...

    • The Collected Stories of Rhys Davies (1955)

      We spent our Christmas week in a cottage in north Wales and I could not pass the time without taking the opportunity to read a long out-of-print collection of stories by one of Wales’ finest writers of the 20th century, Rhys Davies. The Collected Stories of Rhys Davies is one of the many perhaps not... Read more

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    • Chrstimas Eve, by Alistair Cooke (1952)

      Christmas Eve collects three of Alistair Cooke’s Christmas-time stories from his legendary BBC “Letters from America” broadcast. I listened to the audiobook version of the collection, Letters from America, 1946-1004, recently, and saddened at the thought that his sublimely calm, balanced voice is no longer with us. But this last year would surely have been... Read

    • The Collected Stories of T. O. Beachcroft (1946)

      Graham Greene once wrote that T. O. (Thomas Owen) Beachcroft was “likely to become, after Mr. H. E. Bates, the most distinguished short-story writer in this country.” Well, this wasn’t one of his best predictions. Beachcroft’s last collection of stories was published over sixty years ago and his work has vanished, aside from a rare... Read

    • Tomato Cain and Other Stories, by Nigel Kneale (1949)

      Nigel Kneale is best known now for his novels and screenplays featuring the alien-battling scientist, Dr. Quartermass, but his first book, the collection Tomato Cain and Other Stories was considered remarkable enough to merit a foreword by Elizabeth Bowen: Within the last few years, readers have become less shy of the short story. That this... Read more


    • Selected Modern Short Stories, edited by Alan Steele (1937)

      Selected Modern Short Stories–the first of several collections that editor Alan Steele compiled for Penguin in the late 1930s–offers a good illustration of the random nature of literary fate. Let’s take at look at the authors listed on the cover: • John Hampson Hampson’s first-published novel, Saturday Night at the Greyhound (1931) was a surprise... ...

    • The Door in the Wall, by Oliver La Farge (1966)

      I picked out a yellow-jacketed copy of Oliver La Farge’s posthumous collection of short stories, The Door in the Wall, from a striking display in the window of Any Amount of Books, one of the few remaining used bookstores on Charing Cross Road, when in London recently. I’ve never learned just why so many British... Read more

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    • Private Opinion: A Commonplace-Book, by Alan Pryce-Jones (1936)

      There isn’t necessarily a template for a commonplace book, which Webster’s defines as “a book of memorabilia” and Wikipedia as “essentially a scrapbook.” But even if there were one, Alan Pryce-Jones’ Private Opinion wouldn’t follow it. Pryce-Jones, who is probably best known for editing the Time Literary Supplement from 1948 to 1959, was a precocious... ...

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