• The Polish Boxer by Eduardo Halfon
    Eduardo Halfon: A Speech at Póvoa

    Read an excerpt from The Polish Boxer, Eduardo Halfon’s first novel to be published in English. The novel’s title comes from a story told by the narrator’s grandfather, who says he was saved in Auschwitz by a Polish boxer.

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  • Virgilio Piñera
    Virgilio Piñera

    Cuba has declared this year to be “The Year of Virgilio” in honor of Virgilio Piñera, a writer it once imprisoned. A pioneer of absurd literature and theater, author Horacio Castellanos Moya writes an overview of Piñera, his life and works, in this week’s column.

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  • Eduardo Halfon
    Eduardo Halfon’s Year

    Guatemalan writer Eduardo Halfon’s forthcoming novel The Polish Boxer is expected in October. Word Without Borders is appealing to readers to help bring Halfon to New York and London for a series of readings geared to high school students. We share a video of Halfon talking about his new novel.

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  • Footage from the execution video. Photo: youtube user AussieNews1
    Afghanistan’s Anna Karenina

    In this week’s column writer Bina Shah reflects on the public execution of Najiba, a 22 year-old Afghan woman who was killed for allegedly having an affair with a Taliban commander. Shah draws parallels between Najiba’s story and that of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina.

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