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Words without Borders: April 2014: Writing from South Korea

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

And more by Ae-ran KimHan YujooJeong Ho-seungKim Sa-inKim Soo-BokKim Young-haKo UnShim Bo-seon, and Yi Mun-yol.

Elsewhere, we present poetry by two exiled writers, Iraqi Manal Al-sheikh and Palestinian Mazen Maarouf, as well as the sixth and final installment of Sakumi Tayama's tale of an accidental medium. 

News

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

Events 

Chicago

Applied Words: Voices of Protest 

Facets Multi-Media 

April 25, 2014

7 PM

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. 

New York

Taboos: Dutch and Flemish Writers

BookCourt

Thursday May 1 

7 PM 

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.  

The City and the Writer: In Zürich with Charif Shanahan 

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

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