Words without Borders: March 2014: Writing from Venezuela

Alberto Barrera Tyszka attends an actor's last performance

Milagros Socorro goes behind the counter at an exclusive shop

Israel Centeno sees desire trumped by PTSD

and more by María Auxiliadora ÁlvarezRafael CadenasVictoria De Stefano,Yolanda PantinEduardo Sánchez Rugeles, and Ana Teresa Torres. All introduced by guest editor Ana Nuño

Elsewhere, we showcase poetry by Marie-Claire Banquart, a story of an unexpected reunion by Ryuichiro Utsumi, and a peek at domestic intrigue fromEspido Freire. And in the fifth installment of  "Spirit Summoning," SakumiTayama's reluctant teenage medium takes a stand.

Image: Hermann Mejia, "Waiting Room," (detail) 2012, Acrylic on Canvas 36" x 36"

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Carla Baricz reviews Mikhail Shishkin's  The Light and the Dark 

Shiskin pushes us to the realization that we are part of the book that we are reading, and that the book we are reading is part of us. more>>>

The City and the Writer: In Bucharest with Mircea Cărtărescu

What is your most heartbreaking memory in this city? 

As I told you, I was born here and I lived here all my life. I can't emphasize one heartbreaking memory because all my life in Bucharest is a long heartbreaking memory. Everything I write is about it. But most of the time, I see myself wandering through a huge and unknown city with my mother. I am a small child, half the height of the woman holding my hand. We walk down strange, crowded streets. The buildings are decorated with stucco heads of Gorgons. more>>>

Translator Relay: Ellen Elias-Bursac 

Do you have any translating rituals? 

The more intensely involved I get in a translating project, the more I start going to plays and concerts. The hunger for live performance comes from a drive to draw inspiration from the performers. I admire then for the risks they are taking by appearing on stage. more>>>

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