5.3.07, 7 p.m. – Words Without Borders: The World Through the Eyes of Writers

Please join PAGE in celebrating a night of
international writing . . .

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Words Without Borders cover

WORDS WITHOUT BORDERS
The World Through the Eyes of Writers
An Anthology
(Anchor)

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Patricia McCormick, author of the National Book Award–
nominated Sold, hosts this celebration. The anthology’s
three editors, also editors of the widely acclaimed
online magazine for international literature,
Words Without Borders, will read excerpts from
favorite selections from the book and discuss
WWB’s mission of reaching out to find and
translate the world’s literature:

ALANE SALIERNO MASON
WWB founding editor and
senior editor at W. W. Norton

DEDI FELMAN
senior editor at Simon & Schuster

SAMANTHA SCHNEE
translator and former senior editor
of Zoetrope: All-Story

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“The message of this anthology is clear: Let a thousand English translations bloom.”
The Village Voice

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(Read about the book after the jump.)

With an introduction by Andre Dubus III, Words Without Borders: The World Through the Eyes of Writers features the work of more than 28 writers from upwards of 20 countries, transporting us to the frontiers of the new literature for the twenty-first century.

In these pages, some of the most accomplished writers in world literature­—among them Edwidge Danticat, Ha Jin, Cynthia Ozick, Javier Marías, and Nobel laureates Wole Soyinka, Günter Grass, Czeslaw Milosz, Wislawa Szymborska, and Naguib Mahfouz­—have stepped forward to introduce us to dazzling literary talents virtually unknown to readers of English. Most of their work­—short stories, poems, essays, and excerpts from novels—­appear here in English for the first time.

The Chilean writer Ariel Dorfman introduces us to a story of extraordinary poise and spiritual intelligence by the Argentinian writer Juan Forn. The Romanian writer Norman Manea shares with us the sexy, sinister, and thrillingly avant-garde fiction of his homeland’s leading female novelist. The Indian writer Amit Chaudhuri spotlights the Bengali writer Parashuram, whose hilarious comedy of manners imagines what might have happened if Britain had been colonized by Bengal. And Roberto Calasso writes admiringly of his fellow Italian Giorgio Manganelli, whose piece celebrates the Indian city of Madurai.

Every piece here­—be it from the Americas, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, or the Caribbean­—is a discovery, a colorful thread in a global weave of literary exchange.

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