The Battle for Home: The Memoir of a Syrian Architect

Reviewed by Professor Mahmoud Zain al-Abidin Two years ago, The Battle for Home : Memoir of a Syrian Architect was released in the English language by Thames & Hudson publishers in London. The writer, Syrian architect Marwa al-Sabouni, shared in her book illustrations for the architectural buildings in her city, Homs, the third largest city … Continue reading The Battle for Home: The Memoir of a Syrian Architect

Publisher Spotlight: The Library of Arabic Literature (NYU Press)

The Library of Arabic Literature is published by NYU University and is dedicated to bringing the classics of the Arabic world to English-speaking audiences all around the world. Focusing on titles from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, the idea behind the Library of Arabic Literature is to showcase clear translations from a wide range of … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: The Library of Arabic Literature (NYU Press)

Just 100 Miles Across: Puerto Rico’s Place in the World of Children’s Books — By Mimi Rankin

This month we will be taking in and discussing some of the literature of the island of Puerto Rico, whose beautiful prose is matched by the strength of its people’s character. Puerto Ricans are American citizens. Puerto Ricans are American citizens. Puerto Ricans are American citizens.   This is the mantra I repeated on social … Continue reading Just 100 Miles Across: Puerto Rico’s Place in the World of Children’s Books — By Mimi Rankin

Reclaiming Medusa: Short Stories By Contemporary Puerto Rican Women

A spinster whose body is wrecked with a mysterious growth carefully crafts porcelain dolls to send as wedding presents. Letters, both published and private, threaten to unravel a ballerina’s life and career. A wife struggles free of a crippling affliction, only to be silenced as soon as she succeeds. A young girl’s suppressed desire leads … Continue reading Reclaiming Medusa: Short Stories By Contemporary Puerto Rican Women

The Beautiful Contradictions of Rosario Ferré’s Flight of the Swan

This month we will be taking in and discussing some of the literature of the island of Puerto Rico, whose beautiful prose is matched by the strength of its people’s character. Rarely have I come across a novel so masterfully layered as Rosario Ferré’s Flight of the Swan. Like the movements of its ballet prima … Continue reading The Beautiful Contradictions of Rosario Ferré’s Flight of the Swan

Publisher Spotlight: Europa Editions

How does one properly introduce a publisher with a far-reaching reputation for excellence like Europa Editions? In 2013, Europa Editions co-founder Sandro Ferri told an Italian media source that the press was “born with the intention to create bridges between cultures.” This concise mission statement is more than aspirational: it’s Europa’s modus operandi, one that … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Europa Editions

The Anthropological Fantasy of Nahoko Uehashi’s Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

  Rain came down in a sudden torrent one day when I was staying in Osaka, Japan, a common occurrence during the rainy season. Lacking any other immediate options, I dashed to cover, where I planned to whittle away the following few hours in a bookstore cozily nestled inside a train station. As I perused … Continue reading The Anthropological Fantasy of Nahoko Uehashi’s Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

Publisher Spotlight: Open Letter Books

It is well-known in American global literature communities that less than three percent of U.S. books are translations. For whatever reason, there aren’t many publishers willing to work in literary translation. It’s rarer still to find presses that exclusively release international literature for English-reading audiences. Sadly, there is only a handful operating in the States. … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Open Letter Books

Publisher Spotlight: Balestier Press

Earlier this year, literary translator Nicky Harman shared her top ten list of English-language translations from China. This list of fiction, children’s books and nonfiction titles began with one of Harman’s own translation projects, The Chilli Bean Paste Clan written by Yan Ge. I’d previously glimpsed this Sichuan family drama in a few online book … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Balestier Press

Publisher Spotlight: Oneworld Publications + Rock the Boat

It may only be August, but Oneworld Publications is already on lists. Awards lists, that is. It’s hard to keep track of the London-based independent publisher’s 2018 nominations. Luckily, the “News” section of their website documents each shortlist, finalist, and honoree. The page’s most recent announcements show that the Spanish-to-English translation of Fever Dream won … Continue reading Publisher Spotlight: Oneworld Publications + Rock the Boat