Fiction

  • A fountain pen rests on a notebook of lined paper
       By S. Ramakrishnan
    May 25, 2022 | S. Ramakrishnan
    Photo by Aaron Burden / Unsplash While recovering at the hospital following a fall, a woman in her seventies recounts her life living under the thumb of a domineering husband and expresses...
  • A black and white photograph of an old car parked behind a ramshackle apartment building in an overgrown alley
       By Ilija Trojanow
    May 18, 2022 | Ilija Trojanow
    Photo by Myznik Egor on Unsplash 1999 by Ilija Trojanow In the old days, an adulterer was considered morally corrupt. Bad man, bad little man. If it was someone from...
  • A photograph looking up at a curved building face, with windows fluted open, with a lavender sky above
       By Irati Elorrieta
    March 2, 2022 | Irati Elorrieta
    Photo by Pierre Châtel-Innocenti / Unsplash In Winter Lights, rising star Irati Elorrieta’s first novel, Añes is a Basque woman who has immigrated to Berlin by way of Paris. Her s...
  • A photograph of the interior of city alley. Here, a collection of used mannequins gather outside of a stone archway
    February 8, 2022 | Malika Moustadraf
    Photo by Guile Twardowski / Unsplash Malika Moustadraf is a feminist icon in contemporary Moroccan literature, celebrated for her stark interrogation of gender and sexuality in North Afric...
  • An illustration of a tree with flames around its root. The faces of people populate the branches like fruit
       By Musa Zafar
    November 17, 2021 | Musa Zafar
    Homa, The Tree of Zaqqum (2012) / Wikipedia The following satirical column first appeared in Persian on Afghanistan International. The Taliban have faced censure fro...
  • A photograph of Edwin Okolo juxtaposed with the cover to the book Disruption
       By Edwin Okolo
    September 13, 2021 | Edwin Okolo
    Drawing inspiration from the writing of Lesley Nneka Arimah, Edwin Okolo creates a world of birth factories, colossal levees, secret labs, and New Biafra, where we find Ameli, Lotanna’s wife—beca...
  • A photograph of a graveyard
    June 24, 2021 | Albertine M. Itela
    Cimetière de Montmartre, Paris, France / Photo by Linda Gerbec / Unsplash Gare du Nord (an excerpt) It’s 12:30 p.m. and her pale-blue blouse is soaked in sweat, her w...
  • A photograph of a woman holding a baby. Her face is in shadow
       By Tove Ditlevsen
    June 22, 2021 | Tove Ditlevsen
    Photo by Hollie Santos / Unsplash When a woman’s husband leaves her, she feels betrayed by her daughter, who had not been able to fulfill her duty, her purpose for coming into existence....
  • A photograph of a front of a house. The house is built in brick with green plants accenting the stairs leading to the door.
       By Kristina Gavran
    June 7, 2021 | Kristina Gavran
    Photo by Peter Boccia / Unsplash After renting a room in an Indian family’s house in England, the Croatian tenant becomes privy to one member’s dreams of return. “This is it!” Parvati...
  • A green apple hanging from a tree branch
       By Ethel Rohan
    May 17, 2021 | Ethel Rohan
    Photo by Aaron Burden / Unsplash Cleaning out her deceased father’s home in Dublin, a woman reluctantly accepts help from an unsettling stranger. My two sisters and I work throughout...
  • A weathered leather bag sits on a dresser with a dusty glass bottle and a pair of antique glasses sitting nearby
       By Ben Black
    January 25, 2021 | Ben Black
    Photo by Dan Meyers / Unsplash A doctor on his village rounds confronts the same symptoms again and again, including uncontrollable laughter. The first patient of the day is an old wo...
  • A coil of motion picture film is coming uncoiled
    August 13, 2020 | Liyanage Amarakeerthi
    Photo by Eric TERRADE / Unsplash A Sri Lankan village’s sole film critic tells the story of Gamini: “My generation might be the last to remember the Sri Lankan movie maniacs like him. So,...
  • A brown wall with faded spots where pieces of paper where once affixed but have now been removed. A small pile of books and notebooks sits on a table just to the left of the frame
    July 8, 2020 | Pía Barros
    Photo by hdur / Flickr Prohibitions to Cristina Peri Rossi, for the structure It’s difficult sometimes, but we have learned. We make acts of contrition each night wi...
  • A human eye peers from the gap between numerous overlapping fern fronds
    June 8, 2020 | Catalina Infante Beovic
    Photo: Quentin Lagache / Unsplash In this story of lengthy quarantine due to an unnamed virus, a woman sneaks into the mountain to collect ferns—many ferns. Simultaneously evoking life und...
  • A black and white photo of a flamingo, dramatically lit from above
    July 25, 2019 | Rasool Yunan
    Photo by Stephen A. Wolfe / Flickr Flamingo #13 may have been the most beautiful flamingo in the world the villagers had ever heard of. All throughout the year, there was talk of it everywhere...
  • Author Gunter Silva and translation prize winner Samantha Vila
    June 20, 2019 | Gunter Silva
    Gunter Silva and 2019 WLT Translation Prize (Fiction) winner Samantha Vila “Numbers are the language of the universe,” my father would often say. “The only path to discover the myster...
  • Darkened vertical structures rise gauzily up against a orange-purplish background
    June 6, 2019 | Moikom Zeqo
    Vincent Brassinne, “Purple Hell – Trees in Motion 2” / Flickr On June 3, 1510, the graying Arbërian prince Gjon Muzaka was sitting at his desk.[i] He had the vertiginous feeling that his eyes...
  • A picture of a secluded ancient city street where a tree loaded with red blooms sprouts from beside a stone building creating shade for those walking the street
    May 16, 2019 | Tahar Ben Jelloun
    Photo of Tétouan by Jean-Louis Potier / Flickr An early novel, L’Écrivain public (The public scribe) is a surrealistic, semi-autobiographical work that imagines the arc of the aut...
  • A black and white photograph of a woman in a t-shirt. It has been rotated such that it appears as if she is floating, weightless
    April 4, 2019 | Tehila Hakimi
    Sodanie Chea, “Day 96: Free Falling – Explored” / Flickr Israeli writer Tehila Hakimi’s Company (2018) is an experimental, fragmentary text—addressed to a nameless “woman in a wor...
  • A black and white photo of a small boat dock surrounded by water, which stretches unbroken to the horizon
    March 7, 2019 | Ute von Funcke
    Photo by Kevin Bessat / Unsplash In this fictive dialogue of Johanna Schopenhauer with her son, Arthur, family appears as a philosophical playing field: mother-root and son’s wants. Of dre...
  • A redback spider hovers on a near-invisible web
    November 13, 2018 | Nicole Adair
    Female redback spider / Photo by serapheus / Courtesy of Flickr A poisonous spider, a fascinated boy, an indulgent dad, and a cautious mom ignored by all. What could possibly go...
  • A teacup sits, out of focus, next to a book on a table.
    October 19, 2018 | Olja Knežević
    Photo courtesy of freestocks.org In this opening to Montenegrin writer Olja Knežević’s novel Gospođa Black, a group of migrant friends drink tea together in London. An antilove...
  • A photo of author Kat Meads juxtaposed with the cover to her book Miss Jane
    October 2, 2018 | Kat Meads
    In a novelistic take on #MeToo, Kat Meads’s “historically aware, pissed-off female chorus” narrates the story of undergraduate Miss Jane as she sinks into an entanglement with Prof P, th...
  • June 26, 2018 | Anna Maria Ortese
    Photo (left to right) Translator Laura Shanahan and author Anna Maria Ortese Part One: Night Falls on the Hilltops On the evening of June 19 (evening only in a manner of speaking, a...
  • Photos of translator Mandersloot and Ouariachi juxtaposed
    June 19, 2018 | Jamal Ouariachi
    ( ) “I’ll have another glass of kwos.” The spolver gave me a questioning look. Probably trouble hearing me through the loud moloda. Just like last time, I raised my forepogger and repeated my order....

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