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One Poem by Martín Gambarotta
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One point: / it came from that way and goes this way / the lukewarm thought

The Phenomenon of the Opera by Alexander Kluge
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Passion overwhelms comprehension. Comprehension kills passion.

Don Mee Choi and Christian Hawkey

Two poets reflect on colonialism, iconoclastic writers, and the political dimensions of translating literature under authoritarianism.

Moby Dick in Hollywood—Orson Welles by Pierre Senges

Finally back in the fold of Hollywood—one imagines him advancing mistrustfully, mistrustfully looking up at the high and useless palm trees (an immoderation which serves no purpose: the palm trees “planted on both sides of the expressway in order to purge an already pure sky”).

Friederike Mayröcker by Jonathan Larson

Pathos, swallows, Hölderlin: a sense of the everyday and its interruptions guide the Austrian writer’s “tender prose.”

Kate Briggs’s This Little Art by Carlos Fonseca
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Briggs delves into her experience translating Roland Barthes’s La Préparation du roman to offer us a poignant account of what this translation compulsion might be.

Tragic Confluences: Anne Carson’s Translation of Euripides’ Bakkhai by Will Harrison
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Re-imagining antiquity and complicating gender binaries for the modern reader.

Two Poems by Marília Garcia
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when you say / erase / do you mean / stop existing?

Cellular Portals: A Conversation with Ursula Andkjær Olsen by Morten Høi Jensen
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The Danish poet on corporeal poetics, pregnancy, and the influence of classical music.

Sacred Folly: on Romain Gary’s The Kites and Promise at Dawn by J.W. McCormack
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A rediscovered novel and memoir depict a character we are lucky to have on the page. In life he would mortify us.

Greed, Italian Style: on Nicola Lagioia’s Ferocity by Kristen Martin
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Corruption, capitalism, and death in Puglia.

Conversation Smudging: Sophie Seita on Translating Uljana Wolf by Zoe Brezsny
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“The book can draw in different audiences without catering to them. There’s a kind of rigorous hospitality, an aperture for dialogue.”

Mathieu Lindon’s Learning What Love Means by Andrew Durbin
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It is both a memoir of Lindon’s literary friendships and a treatise on survival, a tribute to the friends whose care and love, in Lindon’s words, saved his life, even as they were themselves lost.

New York Diary by Édouard Louis
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The French writer Édouard Louis recorded his days in New York, around the time of the American release of his novel The End of Eddy. The following entries originally appeared in French in the June 6, 2017, edition of Les Inrockuptibles.

Italy, Two Ways: Jessie Chaffee and Minna Zallman Proctor
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“There’s often a gap between what we’re trying to say and what we are able to say. Sometimes I’m successful and sometimes I fail. Sometimes it’s painful and sometimes I get into that space where it feels right. That’s the high.”

The Writer and The Terrorist: on Antonio Muñoz Molina’s Like a Fading Shadow by Will Augerot
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The Spanish novelist confronts the monstrosity of James Earl Ray.

The Blue Note: on Noémi Lefebvre’s Blue Self-Portrait by Amanda DeMarco
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Female intelligence and female obsession, in the air

The Queens Bohemian: Johannes Urzidil’s The Last Bell by Elina Alter
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Fiction in search of a vanished homeland

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New titles and reissues highlighted by Justin Taylor, Chelsea Hodson, Paul La Farge, Emmalea Russo, Alexandra Kleeman, Ted Dodson, Dan Sheehan, Kristen Radtke, Daniel Saldaña París, Marjorie Welish, Tobias Carroll, Jonathan Lee, Scott Esposito, and Lauren LeBlanc

An Entire Family Disappears by Gunnhild Øyehaug
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THE GRANDUNCLE (stands up in the middle of the wake. Taps his glass with a spoon)

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