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Words Without Borders

Words Without Borders

Words Without Borders:The Online Magazine of International Literature
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New York Review of Books

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  • At Home with the Irrational
    Over four decades and many books of drawings, "Colonel" Glen Baxter has built a world and language all his own. The following is a selection from Baxter's new book, Almost Completely Baxter, which brings together highlights from the full sweep of...
  • The Diva of Delusion
    Florence Foster Jenkins offers some marvelous set pieces, including Meryl Streep’s hilariously inept version of “The Laughing Song” from Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. Regrettably, the film avoids probing the degree to which...
  • In the Attic of Early Islam
    One of the most memorable moments in The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition, by Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri, comes in the section on lions, which were still indigenous to the Middle East in Nuwayri’s time. He could scarcely have...
  • Who Is Kim Jong-un?
    North Korea’s young ruler has surprised the skeptics. In five years he has turned a most unpromising situation into a certain kind of success. He has refuted those at home and abroad who doubted his vigilance and ruthlessness, fostered a mild...
  • Lucian Freud: The Pitiless Eye
    “Lucian Freud Unseen,” a small display of drawings and sketches from Freud’s voluminous notebooks, now at the National Portrait Gallery in London, is a small display of artist’s autobiography, vivified by jottings on ideas and projects and people,...
  • Atomic Light
    What is most astonishing about this genuine relic of Soviet science that Ortiz Monasterio has brought to light in his photographs is the precarious nature of the installations, the austere conditions in which the scientists worked and lived. None...
  • Fear of Rattlesnake Island
    The state of Massachusetts has proposed to introduce a small colony of Timber Rattlesnakes to an island in the Quabbin Reservoir, to the vehement outrage of many local residents. “If we only conserve the cute and the cuddly,” said Lou Perrotti, who...
  • African Wildlife: Darkness Falls
    Today, wildlife experts speak of an “elephant holocaust.” The regions of Africa that have suffered most from poaching are those steeped in conflict, where it is too dangerous for conservationists to work. Robert Ross’s new book of photographs of...
  • Dressing for the King
    The Renaissance accountant Matthäus Schwarz often took note of the outfits in which he looked particularly fine. In 1520, at age twenty-three, he hired an artist to draw his most notable getups and collected these in a book that he continued to...

The Neglected Books Page Where forgotten books are remembered
  • On Broome Stages by Clemence Dane: A Conversation with Kate Macdonald

    A few months ago, Kate Macdonald, Visiting Fellow at the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading, and I had a long dialogue on the subject of Dorothy Richardson’s Pilgrimage, which both of us had — coincidentally — just read and written about. That pleasant experience led to suggestions of other books to... Read more

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  • Blindness, from The Orchard, by Drusilla Modjeska (1994)

    John Hull, an Australian theologian living in England, went blind in his forties. Black, black blind from detached retinas. His book describing the profound disorientation of self in blindness was the first I took up on my return to reading. It took some time to finish so closely did it echo my fears: the fear... Read more

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  • Paperbacks from the Montana Valley Bookstore

    A visit to the Montana Valley Bookstore in Alberton, Montana, has been one of my rituals during our annual stay in Missoula, but this year events put books and many other things on hold. I did, however, snatch about 45 minutes in the store, just before closing, on my way back from a hospital in... Read more

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  • Stravinsky’s Lunch, by Drusilla Modjeska (1999)

    “Let us begin with two sisters dressed for a ball,” Drusilla Modjeska writes in her introduction to Stravinsky’s Lunch. “Whenever I look at this painting — which, as it is in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, is quite often — I think they are waiting for the century to begin…. You can see... Read more

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  • Drawn from Life, by Stella Bowen (1941)

    I came to Stella Bowen’s memoir, Drawn from Life (1941), through Drusilla Modjeska’s wonderful book, Stravinsky’s Lunch (which I’ll discuss in a separate post). Born in Adelaide, Australia, Bowen met the writer Ford Madox Ford while studying art in London and they lived together from 1919 to 1927. Modjeska devotes the first half of her... Read more

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  • Teetgen’s Teas, from Dorothy Richardson’s Pilgrimage

    Three times in the course of Dorothy Richardson’s “novel in chapters,” Pilgrimage, a tea shop in a small and unnamed London street spurs an intense connection in the subconsciousness of her protagonist and fictional counterpart, Miriam Henderson. The first occurs in The Tunnel, the fourth book of the series and the first in which Miriam... Read more

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  • My Literary Life, by Mrs. Elizabeth Lynn Linton (1899)

    Between John Sutherland’s wonderful encyclopedia, The Stanford Companion to Victorian Fiction, and the Internet Archive, I can lose hours wandering through the three-volumed forest of English 19th century fiction, particularly in the last year that written by women. It can be soul-leeching, though. There is something relentlessly earnest and deliberate in so much English fiction... Read more

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  • Fun Facts from A World of Wonders, edited by Albany Poyntz (Catherine Gore) (1845)

    Credulity is unfortunately a weakness common to the human race; and a tendency to exaggeration is scarcely less universal. Between the two failings, monstrous stories obtain circulation; and as it is easier to assent than examine, the world becomes overrun with en’ors and prejudices. A curious anecdote related from mouth to mouth, becomes exaggerated into... Read more

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  • Gems from the Internet Archives: Women’s Autobiographies

    Not having access to a major library, I often indulge my love of browsing in the Internet Archive. I’ll admit that it often requires much sifting through extraneous material to locate the occasional gem, but even after ten years I’m surprised at what I manage to find. Here, for example, is a selection of some... Read more

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  • A Room of Your Own, from The World of Charmian Clift

    At that moment a sports car roared up outside the block of flats, and another herd of young swept in as boisterously as an equinoctial gale to sweep my daughter off to some jollity or other, and suddenly the living-room (which is the only place I can put my desk) was seething with ebullience, and... Read more

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