April 24, 2015 | Laura Hernandez

News, Reviews, and Interviews

The 2015 Pulitzer Book Prizes were announced this week. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr received the Pulitzer for fiction. A list of other winners is available here.

Just in time for National Poetry Month, the Library of Congress has digitized poetry and literature recordings from the past 75 years. The selections come from its Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature and are now streaming online.

PEN recently announced the shortlist for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards. Join us in congratulating WLT contributors Naomi Klein and Denise Newman, as well as Samrat Upadhyay and Rabih Alameddine, who serv...

April 21, 2015 | Daniel Simon

Zack Rogow and students from the Norman Public Schools | Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art | April 2, 2015. Photos: Daniel Simon

In a recent essay for WLT, Hungarian writer Zsolt Láng muses on writing—and playing—together: “Writing together has neither an official nor a nickname. For want of a better term, they call it writing for four hands, writing for two hands (after all, only one plus one hand is engaged in it), or simultaneous writing. . . . The one to compose the most for four hands was Robert Schumann, and it is his exhortation that is echoed by teachers encouraging their students to engage in four-handed play: ‘Do not miss any opportunity to play music with others. Only so will your playing become fluent and vigorous’” (“Ping-Pong; or, Writing Together,” trans. Erika Mihálycsa, Jan. 2015).

By analogy, translating together provides a wonderful opportunity for developing a “fluent and vigorous” style. In recent years, the most successful example of “four-handed” translation comes from Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, whose prizewinning translations of Russian classics have inspired a new generation of readers. But do too many hand...

April 17, 2015 | Laura Hernandez

News, Reviews, and Interviews

Nobel laureate Günter Grass passed away in Lübeck, Germany, at the age of eighty-seven. We have a tribute to Grass written by longtime WLTcontributor Theodore Ziolkowski, who talks about Grass’s effect on the German literary scene and his unmistakable literary voice. The Tin Drum was included in our top 40 list of 20th century books, celebrating the first 75 years of World Literature Today (1927-2001).

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April 16, 2015 | Skyler Stanley

Field with flowers
Photo by Silvestri Matteo/Unsplash

April means three things: national poetry month, radiant nature, and beautiful poems inspired by it. If you know and love acclaimed naturalist writer Mary Oliver, check out these international poets who also reflect the power of nature through their words.

1. “The Stream” by Michael Cope

Cope’s powerful language reflects on the cyclical nature of life by playing with poignant imagery and fluidity.


2. “On Hammock Hill” by Mark Tredinnick

This uniquely structured poem mimics the narrator’s own path to discover the relationship between self and environment.


3. “Lands and oceans...

April 14, 2015 | Theodore Ziolkowski

Günter Grass
Photo: H. Grunert / www.nobelprize.orgThe Winter 2000 issue of WLT featured “To Be Continued . . .”, the English translation of Grass’s 1999 Nobel Prize lecture, and his watercolor painting Fruit Grove in Winter on the cover (1996, © Steidl Verlag).

When it was announced on Monday that Nobel laureate Günter Grass had passed away in Lübeck, Germany, at the age of eighty-seven,...