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A Tale of Two Poets: Aridjis and Tranströmer

This is the tale of an intercontinental friendship between two poets, one from a land where the sun sometimes shines at midnight, the other from a country where centuries ago…


Greater Boston Writers Resist

Jan 16, 2017  |  Hundreds of Greater Boston residents convened at the Boston Public Library yesterday for a demonstration of shared commitment to the rights and values essential to a democracy….

Conversations: Chloe Aridjis and Chloe Garcia Roberts

I am a fanatic believer in the serendipity ­­­of found books.  A few years ago, while working in the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard, I was straightening up before heading…


Loving Kristeva: a Memoir

Media images of Philipe Sollers have portrayed him as a womanizer, and the multiple self-images he has created in his writing since the 1983 novel Femmes confirmed casual readers of his fiction…


Conversations: Mini Krishnan and Bhanumati Mishra on Publishing Indian Translation

Since 2001 Mini Krishnan has served as the Publishing Consultant at Oxford University Press (India), where she sources and edits translations of Indian writing into English from fifteen languages. Krishnan has edited more…


The Secret History of our Enemies: Balaban’s Translations of Vietnamese Poetry

Decades ago, when I first read All Quiet on the Western Front, I copied this sentence into my journal: “A word of command has made these silent figures our enemies;…


Women Writing in 21st Century Brazil: Experimentation and Narratives of Self

There were days when Dita hid all the papers (Ruth Ducaso/Luciany Aparecida).   Brief considerations on writing by contemporary women authors I start this essay with the opening words of…


Introducing Zhongshi Chen’s Modern Classic, White Deer Plain

The Dream of the Red Chamber, one of China’s four great classical novels, written in the middle of the eighteenth century by Cao Xueqin, records the decline and fall of…


The Moscow Calendar’s Going Islamic; or, The Soviet Empire in Brodsky’s Poetry

Hamid Ismailov is an Uzbek writer whose works are banned in Uzbekistan. He has lived in the United Kingdom since 1994. Several of his Russian-language novels have appeared in English…


The Trobriand Tower of Babel

In late November 1978, a small plane went missing after it left Alotau, the capital of Milne Bay Province in Papua New Guinea. The plane was en route to Losuia,…

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