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Anna Moschovakis by Jennifer Kabat

The poet’s first novel, Eleanor, or, The Rejection of the Progress of Love, concerns a woman’s unnamed grief, as well as the meta-dialogue between the narrative’s author and the critic reading her manuscript.

Uncommon Translations: Emma Ramadan Interviewed by Kyle Paoletta
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On translating avant garde and genderless literature.

One Poem by Shinkichi Takahashi
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With severed gills and heads, the sea bream—lives spent / in a lacquered wooden bowl, waiting / on the sullied hands of men—in example / of The Resurrection of Christ, wake from death.

Ninety-Nine Footnotes: On Dag Solstad’s Armand V by Bradley Babendir
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An anti-novel about the value of the unseen, unknown, and unwritten.

Writers on Artists: Thomas Bernhard’s Old Masters by Ed Winstead
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The use and abuse of art in an imperfect world.

From This Side and from That Side by Gabriela Wiener
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We are street people. Nomadic by nature. We are the grandchildren of poor, adventurous strangers. Our living radicalizes their legacy.

A World Without the Present: on Yoko Tawada’s The Emissary by J.W. McCormack
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The novelist’s latest imagines an apocalypse that feels all too likely.

Lifting Reality onto a Pedestal: Rodrigo Fresán Interviewed by Fran G. Matute
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The celebrated Argentine novelist on writing about writers, avoiding labels, and why critics shouldn’t write fiction.

The Self Is a Fiction: Jenny Xie Interviewed by Mariam Rahmani
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The poet on the politics of the gaze, the migratory act of reading, the anxiety of bilingualism, and the universality of shame.

Three Letters by Remedios Varo

I have let a prudent amount of time go by and now believe, or more, I am absolutely certain that your spirit will find it auspicious to be in contact with me. I am a reincarnation of a friend you had in other times. 

Supple Language: Jesse Chun Interviewed by Hannah Stamler
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Disfiguring the hegemony of standard English.

An Approach by Roger Lewinter
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In An Approach, the sentence gradually evolves: word choices change subtly; phrases are introduced, transposed, or deleted; punctuation shifts and changes form. Through these shifts and disruptions, the text begins to accede to a nonlinear logic, through which we can glimpse “the unspoken, which is its subject, between the words, through the words.”

Genre Omnivore: on Dino Buzzati’s Catastrophe by Lincoln Michel
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Fabulism and absurdity from an under-appreciated Italian master.

The Frays of Life: On Julián Herbert’s Tomb Song by Hunter Braithwaite
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Autofiction that explores the borderland between memoir and vision quest.

Loving Your Inhuman Characters: Andrés Barba and Yiyun Li in Conversation
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“All our worst mistakes begin as fiction in our lives.”

Nina Hoss by Nicholas Elliott
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A German play based on a French memoir reflects on the global Left’s abandonment of the working class—and finds additional significance in the Age of Trump.

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”).

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