Words without Borders Newsletter: July 2014

July 2014:  Writing about Migrant Labor 

This month we present writing on migrant labor.

Christos Ikonomou's sorrowful Greeks watch their world slip away.

Martin Karbowski harvests cucumbers and comedy.

Russian graphic artist Victoria Lomasko documents modern slavery in Moscow.

And more from  Taleb AlrefaiSaud AlsanousiMely KiyakJuan Carlos Mestre,Wilfried N'Sondé,Vladimir VertlibWang Bang, and Shahaduz Zaman.

Elsewhere, Musharraf Ali Farooqi introduces and translates a group of Sindhi folk tales featuringstorkssparrows, and a wily jackal

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The City and the Writer: In Santa Cruz with Micah Perks

By Nathalie Handal 

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

Santa Cruz is antic. UC Santa Cruz’s mascot is the banana slug, a bright yellow hermaphroditic creature sprawled beneath the Redwoods. more>>>

Where the Sidewalk Bends: Why You Don't Want Rice and Beans in Your Match 

By Rachel Morgenstern-Clarren 

The player he was exasperated with for “playing rice and beans” was just going through the motions, lacking the energy, creativity, and improvisation that Brazilian footballers are famous for more>>>

Scott Borchert reviews Vladimir Pozner's The Disunited States 

The result is a frenetic portrait of the United States that he assembles bit by bit, fragment by fragment. more>>>

The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair: Cult Classic or Mainstream Blockbuster

By Georgia de Chamberet

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, translated by Sam Taylor, is twenty-eight-year-old Swiss author Joël Dicker’s second novel and third published book. It sold two million copies in a year, in 42 territories, and has won three French literary prizes.more>>>

Kristina Fazzalaroreviews Guadalupe Nettel's Natural Histories. 

In each of her five short stories, Nettel places humans under the microscope and examines them at their most fragile and desperate. more>>>