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The Art of “Tonbe-Leve”: Frankétienne’s “Dézafi,” Translated from Haitian Creole by Asselin Charles

By Nathan Dize In a 1975 interview, journalist Jean Léopold Dominique praised Frankétienne’s publication of Dézafi, meaning “cockfight,” because it provided a polysemic analogy for Haitian life, at once a metaphor as well as a depiction of reality. The cockfight in the novel takes place both in the actual cockfighting ring, but also in the […]

Translation without an Original: Raja Alem’s “Sarab,” Translated from Arabic by Leri Price

By Amanda Al-Raba’a On November 20, 1979 an insurgent group called al-Ikhwan led by Juhayman al-‘Utaybi besieged the Grand Mosque in Mecca in opposition to the Saud family and increased Western influence in Saudi Arabia. Two of the pillars of Islam are intimately linked to the Grand Mosque: it houses the Ka‘aba, towards which Muslims […]

A Fast-Paced Dive Into Worlds That Could Have Been: “Explosions: Michael Bay and the Pyrotechnics of the Imagination,” Translated from French by Aleshia Jensen

By Julia Peterson In Explosions: Michael Bay and the Pyrotechnics of the Imagination, translated from French by Aleshia Jensen, Mathieu Poulin has penned a captivating, whirlwind tour through film and philosophy, presented as a false biography of American filmmaker Michael Bay. At times vividly cinematic, at times intensely intellectual, and often sharply parodying one or […]

Light Detained by Bones: Miguel Ángel Bustos’s “Vision of the Children of Evil,” translated from Spanish by Lucina Schell

By Jessica Sequeira  The two books gathered in this 2018 co•im•press translation as Vision of the Children of Evil, translated by Lucina Schell—“Fantastical Fragments” (1965) and “Vision of the Children of Evil” (1967)—were written in the decade before the military coup in Argentina, and it is understandably tempting to view them through a biographical lens. […]

“I’d love to love you”: Sarah Léon’s “Wanderer,” Translated from French by John Cullen

By Janet Lee Sarah Léon wrote Wanderer in 2016, at age twenty-one, four years after she had published her first work, the novella Mon Alban. The novella is narrated from the perspective of a mother writing to her musically-gifted son Alban, unable to send her letters since Alban disappeared over the Berlin wall, leaving her […]

The Secret Lives of Women: Can Xue’s “Love in the New Millennium,” Translated from Chinese by Annelise Finegan Wasmoen

By Ursula Deser Friedman She is one of China’s most prominent novelists and a champion of experimental literature. Can Xue (残雪) is the pen name of the avant-garde writer and literary critic Deng Xiaohua (1953-). In Chinese, can xue means “residual snow,” a phrase describing, in Deng’s words, both “the dirty snow that refuses to […]

Stories Left Untold: The Magic of Hwang Sok-Yong’s “Princess Bari,” Translated from Korean by Sora Kim-Russell

By Kalau Almony The value of literature is often credited to the way literary texts allow us to vicariously experience places and events we otherwise would have no immediate access to. The argument goes that literature thus enables us to expand our own limited worldviews and become better people, capable of making more ethical decisions. […]

“That Bitterness of Being Young, and Loving”: Lucian Blaga’s “Poems of Light,” Translated from Romanian by Gabi Reigh

By Leah Barber In 1919, before earning his reputation as an influential Romanian modernist, Lucian Blaga was a sensitive, passionate newlywed who penned his first book Poems of Light (Poemele Luminii), now out in a discerning new translation by Gabi Reigh. Blaga dedicated this early collection to his then-new bride, but its territory is ambitious, […]

“The Storm”: A Sweet, Searing Counterpart to Leonid Yuzefovich’s “Horsemen of the Sands,” Translated from Russian by Marian Schwartz

By Sabrina Jaszi Leonid Yuzefovich’s novella The Storm details the minutely calibrated network of emotions and ideology underlying daily life at a Soviet primary school in the Urals. An early work by Yuzefovich who gained prominence in the last two decades for his detective novels set in 19th century Russia, a period which he also […]

THINGS UNSAID: GERARD REVE’S “CHILDHOOD: TWO NOVELLAS,” TRANSLATED FROM DUTCH BY SAM GARRETT

By Alex Andriesse I was slow to come around to Gerard Reve’s writing—slow at least by twenty-first-century standards. A year ago, when I first tried reading his novel The Evenings, I found it so dull I couldn’t concentrate and gave up after the second chapter. I knew that in the Netherlands The Evenings was a […]

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