Words without Borders

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Founded in 2003, Words without Borders promotes cultural understanding through the translation, publication, and promotion of the finest contemporary international literature. Our publications and programs open doors for readers of English around the world to the multiplicity of viewpoints, richness of experience, and literary perspective on world events offered by writers in other languages. We seek to connect international writers to the general public, to students and educators, and to print and other media and to serve as a primary online location for a global literary conversation. Read more

Black Markets

This month we're exploring black markets: those underground exchanges of contraband that power parallel economies throughout the world. 


Ye Yonglie lurks in the shadows of Chinese book piracy

Jason Miklian investigates diamond smuggling in Congo 

Dominique Manotti reveals the police response to Moroccan cocaine traffic


and fiction and nonfiction by Wang BangAbdelilah HamdouchiVladimir Lorchenkov,Dmitri NovoselovJean Luc Raharimanana, and Edgard Tellos Ribeiro. In the latest installment of our World through the Eyes of Writers feature, Poland's Paweł Huellesalutes poet Tomasz Różycki.  



Image: Scott Carney, "Bag full of human tibias found on the Indo-Bhutan border," The Red Market, 2007


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