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Danzig Baldaev’s Drawings from the Gulag by John Reed
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Danzig Baldaev, hired by the KGB to document tattoo symbolism within the Russian penal system, secretly sketched the atrocities inflicted on political prisoners. The drawings are now published in Drawings from the Gulag.

Danzig Baldaev’s Drawings from the Gulag by John Reed
Danzig Baldaev 01

Danzig Baldaev, hired by the KGB to document tattoo symbolism within the Russian penal system, secretly sketched the atrocities inflicted on political prisoners. The drawings are now published in Drawings from the Gulag.

Hans Fallada’s The Drinker by Nick Stillman
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Originally published posthumously and recently reprinted by Melville House, The Drinker is Hans Fallada’s brutal account of provincial German shopkeeper Erwin Sommer’s loss of a business client, refusal to admit this to his wife, lightning-fast descent into sordid alcoholism, and incarceration in prison and an insane asylum.

Three Poems by Faraj Bayraqdar

Translation, like any public act, must be strategic to have any effect. 

 Jimmy Santiago Baca by Adam Fuss
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Jimmy’s partner, Stacy, had given birth only a few days before I flew to Albuquerque to meet him, so I felt touched that he could find the time for me. 

Business for the Millennium by Rodrigo Rey Rosa
Seizure by William Christopher Baer

This First Proof contains the story “Seizure.”

Five Poems by Charles Culhane
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The Ancient One

Who is this ancient one

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