Words without Borders: April 2014: Writing from South Korea
This month we're spotlighting South Korea.
Kyung-sook Shin depicts a one-sided romance
Kim Young-ha finds an unexpected inheritance
Han Kang watches a wife embrace vegetarianism in place of her husband
We are now accepting nominations for the 2014 James H. Ottaway, Jr. Award for the Promotion of International Literature. Read more and submit your nominations here.
Applied Words: Voices of Protest
April 25, 2014
Join WWB authors Mazen Maarouf and Manal al-Sheikh and WWB editorial director Susan Harris for a screening from the Al-Jazeera documentary series Poets of Protest, followed by a reading and discussion. Details here.
Taboos: Dutch and Flemish Writers
Thursday May 1
Join WWB at the launch event for our May issue, dedicated to Dutch and Flemish writing on taboos. With Victor Schiferli, Sanneke van Hassel, Annelies Verbeke, Jaab Scholten, and Joseph O'Neill author of Netherland. Detailshere.
Kate Prengel reviews Hassan Blasim's The Corpse Exhibition and Other Stories of Iraq
Hassan Blasim's Iraq is a debased and deadly place and he doesn't let you forget it for a minute. more>>>
Where the Sidewalk Ends: Carnaval Edition
At the Carnaval blocos (street parties) in Rio—rising above the sea of fluorescent wigs, animal ears, and sequined fedoras—I saw the same three signs reappear: Não Vai Ter Copa (There Won’t Be A World Cup), Tá Tudo Caro (Everything’s Expensive), and, inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protests, Ocupa Carnaval.
What is the most extraordinary detail, one that goes unnoticed by most, of the city?
A view of the entire city— Zürich, the lake, the Alps in the distance—from the top of Grossmünster church in the old town. In winter, the church is still open to visitors when the sun sets, and there's the most extraordinary view of the sun dropping out of sight beh