In conjunction with our November 2014 cover feature—which will focus on central European literature since the fall of the Berlin Wall—the editors of WLT invited 25 writers to nominate one book that most influenced their own writing or ways of seeing the world—from anywhere in the world—and to add a brief statement explaining their choice. Now, it’s your turn to help us choose the best of the best. Read through the longlist below, then vote for your three favorites during our readers’ poll (September 1–21). The results will then be published in the November issue.
News, Reviews, and Interviews
This week, the world mourned the passing of Palestinian poet Samih al-Qasim.
In her first New York City appearance in over 10 years, Herta Müller discusses her life and her writing with author and translator Claire Messud.
Translated fiction is booming in British markets, fueled by popular Scandinavian and Arabic authors, according to this recent Guardian article.
She (or he?) has never been photographed or interviewed in person before. So, who really is Elena Ferrante?
Coming in the next few weeks, the Poetry Foundation and the Lambda Literary Foundation will launch a brand new literary e-magazine dedicated to queer poets of color, called Nepantla.
Did you know Zachary Karabashliev, author of 19% Gray (our Editor’s Pick for March 2013...
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After years of civil war and conflict, Afghan refugees are beginning to return home and bring with them waves of migrant literature.
The 2014 PEN/Heim Fund Translation winners have been announced, honoring 15 translators and their works.
What do you see when you read? Peter Mendelsund takes readers on a journey through their own imaginations in an excerpt of his new book, What We See when We Read.
The last-known living speaker of the Native American language Wukchumni has written a dictionary to preserve the language through time. (For more on...
In WLT’s May 2014 issue, I was especially intrigued by the article on Mass Reading Events (MREs) by Danielle Fuller and DeNel Rehberg Sedo. In 2010 I attended a marathon reading of Frederic Tuten’s novel The Adventures of Mao on the Long March, on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of its publication, in the beautiful Jane Hotel in New York City. Sixty readers and a few hundred others packed the first-floor sitting lounge, sitting on couches, easy chairs, folding chairs, and standing behind pillars and bannisters. Attending were well-known writers such as Oscar Hijuelos, Walter Mosley (both past students of Tuten), Jerome Charyn, and Wallace Shawn, not to omit numerous other distinguished authors and artists. One of the read...
With political elites in power who, many claim, were out of touch with the people, the small, Adriatic country of Slovenia staged a zombie uprising in late 2012 and into the spring of 2013. At first, mostly peaceful protesters gathered to voice their dissatisfaction with the government in Maribor. But when officials dismissed them as “communist zombies,” the people responded, coming out in record numbers to demand change across the country. To thumb their nose at authorities, they came dressed as zombies. As unemployment rose—particularly among young adults—and many voiced dissatisfaction with their jobs, Slovene writer Miha Mazzini put pen to paper and picked up on the zeitgeist of the moment in mid-2013, drafting “Day of the Living Dead”—...