José Saramago: An excerpt from the novel Seeing "I'm very worried, there's something distinctly odd going on, so far not a single voter has turned up to vote."
Dumitru Tsepeneag: An excerpt from the novel The Vai n Art of the Fugue "A dog with the mouth of a fox stood in his way. In a courtyard a fat man was killing a pig, watched by several women in pink silk dresses."
Bernd Lichtenberg: Whakatane Calling "Once everyone was in bed and acting like they were asleep, I slipped into my father?s study and turned on the CB radio."
Helle Helle: Pheasants "He asks where I bought my wardrobe. I bought it in a department store. He asks if he can look inside, and I say that he may not."
Ismail Kadare: Hagia Sophia, A Wall Painting "I shall convert Hagia Sophia from a church into a mosque. And you, who had the courage to say no, will be the one to do it."
Binyavanga Wainaina: All Othe Things Remaining Equal "Before her fear of her mother could overwhelm her, Milka let out an urgent breath of words, from her stomach, in Gikuyu: 'I'll tell Gordon.' Her mother gasped, let go, and turned away."
Kamila Shamsie: Another Love Story "'Widows do well in politics,' I said. 'You die, I'll get elected to your seat and actually do some of those things you kept promising when we first got married.'"
Edmundo Paz-Soldán: Srebrenica "The bodies were piled one on top of the other, in various states of decomposition. On a half-exposed skull in the stark morning sunlight, I could see a blue baseball cap with a Nike logo on the side."
Roberto Bolaño: Mauricio ("The Eye") Silva "One day I heard that The Eye had left Mexico. I wasn't surprised that he hadn't said good-bye. The Eye never said good-bye to anyone. I never said good-bye to anyone either."
Seamus Heaney: "To Mick Joyce in Heaven"
Federico García Lorca: "Ode to Walt Whitman," "New York: Office and Denunciation"
Vera Pavlova: "One Touch in Seven Octaves"
Magnus William-Olsson: From "The Moment for Pindar in a Small Space in Time"
Mukoma wa Ngugi: "Recipie: How to Become an Immigrant and an Exile"
Iman Mersal: "It Seems I Inherit the Dead," "An Ordinary Fall"
Lynn Chandhok: "Phul Chunan"
Daisy Zamora: "Hail"
Yang Jian: "On the Bridge," "Thatched Hut," "Companion," "Willow"
Bei Ling: "Time Like a Fallen Horse"
Miho Nonaka: "Bach's Inventions," "Birch Skin"
NEW VOICE — POETRY
Rawaan Alkhatib: "Ghazal I"
Lydia Davis: The acclaimed fiction writer and translator talks with Rick Moody about the pleasure of Proust in English, the plunge into a new language, and the untranslatable.
Binyavang A Wainaina: The award-winning writer and founder of the magazine Kwani? discusses "the mafia of petty ideas" and the revolution in the Kenyan literary scene with Frank Bures.
Anita Desai: The author of Fasting, Feasting; The Zigzag Way; and twelve other books talks with Tin House assistant editor Ben George about uncovering the unknown in India's past and present, a lifelong pull between countries, and what it's like to live in post-9/11 America.
Dominique Parent-Altier: Prizes of the Fall Each year France is seized with anticipation over its literary prizes, from the venerable Goncourt to those bestowed by restaurants and the post office.
LOST & FOUND
Ann Gelder on Yuri Olesha's Envy and Other Works
Francine Prose on Andrei Platonov's The Fierce and Beautiful World
Austin MerrillY on Ahmadou Kourouma's The Suns of Independence
Francine Prose: Becherovka Prague is the scene for the beginning of a love affair with Dr. Frobrig and Josef Becher's syrupy, euphoria-inducing liqueur.
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