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Searching for Sappho

New poems by a woman who died over two millennia ago – of course I was interested. And this book does get off to a cracking detective-like start, which reminded me of a book I loved, Sisters of Sinai: What happens after

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A prickly translation: The hour of the star

“I write because I’m desperate and I’m tired, I can no longer bear the routine of being me and if not for the always novelty that is writing, I would die symbolically every day. But I am prepared to slip

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New Chinese writing: A Yi

At Read Paper Republic, you can find a new Chinese writing every week for a year. The editors want to introduce Chinese short stories, essays and poems for free, to people who don’t know where to start. And they start

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Williams translating Williams

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has a new book of poems out this month, first presented at the Edinburgh Book Festival, where I got my hands on a copy. The Other Mountain, published by Carcanet, includes a couple of

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