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Islands of Protest

  This book will make you angry, and sad, and want to act, at least it did me. Coming from a small country where people were made to wear a sign around their neck if they spoke their native language

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Posted in books, poetry, short stories, theatre, translation

stories from Abulafia Street

The Short Story Project brings you a new story every week from around the globe, online, for free. The stories are in Hebrew, English and the language of origin, and best of all, you can listen or read, so the app

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Posted in international, literature, short stories, translation

Clarice: Kafkaesque witchcraft from Rio

“Be careful with Clarice,” the writer’s friend warned a reader. “It’s not literature, it’s witchcraft.” Clarice Lispector was born not so very far away from Kafka and Schulz, and you can tell. That particular magically impossible way of weaving a

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Posted in books, short stories, translation, Women in Translation Month

Three or four lines, and you have the whole world

Bessarabian Stamps are not postcards, but even smaller messages, from a place between so many places that you’d be forgiven for not quite remembering where it is. The author grew up in Bessarabia, on the border of what is now the Republic

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Posted in books, short stories, translation

Lunatics, lovers and poets in translation

In honour of Shakespeare’s and Cervantes’ 400th anniversaries, twelve authors have written a new story inspired by their work – six each in English and Spanish – with an introduction by Salman Rushdie. As Rushdie points out, since England was still

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Posted in books, literature, short stories, translation

Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai: 100 Japanese ghost stories

Tonight the old year ends; the day of the dead is coming. Halloween is not just All Hallows’ Eve, it’s also the eve of winter in the Celtic calendar; the gate of the darker half of the year. It’s time

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Posted in Edinburgh Festival, Folklore, international, short stories, translation

stories on the go

One of the best things about being a translator is having the world at your fingertips – but a commute to work of less than twenty steps (I did get up and test the distance from breakfast table to desk

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Posted in books, international, literature, short stories, translation
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