This month we present new writing by members of the Oulipo, the innovative Parisian literary collective devoted to liberating language through constraints. 

Ian Monk tours a building floor by floor and line by line

Jacques Bens makes sonnets easy as pi

Anne F. Garréta goes rogue with Remembrance of Things Past and more by François CaradecDaniel Levin BeckerMichèle Métail, and Olivier Salon. In our special feature, Max Shmookler introduces Sudanese writing of estrangement bNagi Al-BadawiAdel Gassas, and Sabah Babiker Ibraheem Sanhouri. And Sayumi Takama delivers the second installment of "Spirit Summoning."

The Perfect Holiday Gift: The new WWB e-Anthology

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? How about a trip around the world—without leaving your chair? Our new e-anthology, Words without Borders: The Best of the First Ten Years, collects poetry, fiction, and essays from our first decade. With work from places like Morocco, El Salvador, Nigeria, Japan, Slovenia, Iran, and many more, it's the perfect gift for the armchair world-traveler in your life. (And "book" a trip for yourself as well.)

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Image: Killoffer, "La Manif," 2009. Graphite on Paper 48 x 63 cm, courtesy of Galerie Anne Barrault. 

The City and the Writer: In Kingston, Jamaica with Kwame Dawes

Can you describe the mood of Kingston as you feel/see it?

Kingston is a city full of people getting on with life. And life is challenging.more>>>

More Dispatches

Elisa Wouk Almino reviewsGuillermo Rosales's Leapfrog & Other Stories

Leapfrog & Other Stories is the last of what’s left of the Cuban writer Guillermo Rosales. more>>>

WWB: The Best of the First Ten Years

Buy a copy of our new e-anthology with some of our favorite work from our first ten years.

George Fragopoulos reviewsRobert Walser's  A Schoolboy's Diary 

There is an inevitable period of adjustment when reading the work of Robert Walser. more>>>