Magazine article World Literature Today

Nota Bene

Magazine article World Literature Today

Nota Bene

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An Anthology of Modern Ukrainian Drama

Larissa M. L. Zaleska Onyshkevych, ed.

Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies Press

The nine plays in this anthology cover each decade of the twentieth century and range in style from neoromanticism through postmodernism. An in-depth biography and list of selected works for each playwright, along with an explanatory essay, accompany each play.

Gerbrand Bakker

Ten White Geese

David Colmer, tr.


In this quietly haunting and poignant story, a wife takes the name Emilie and flees from Amsterdam to rural Wales seeking solace and a new identity. The husband's search for his wife is complicated by the appearance of an enigmatic young man and his dog. A finely crafted character study, Ten White Geese captures the experience of inner turmoil and conflicting emotions.

Blaine Harden

Escape from Camp 14


The misery of being born to imprisoned parents and growing up in a North Korean labor camp is brought to light in this moving biography of Shin Dong-hyuk. Journalist Blaine Harden compassionately narrates Shin's story of a harrowing escape and his difficulties of adjusting to his new found freedom.

David Harsent

In Secret: Versions of Yannis Ritsos


British poet David Harsent presents his condensed versions of the essence of Yannis Ritsos's work. Harsent immersed himself in the Greek poet's oeuvre, reading as many existing translated versions as possible and following up with new translations. He terms the result "a way of getting inside those dark lines to take their scent and flavor."

W. Nick Hill

And We'd Understand Crows Laughing: Poems (1997-2010)

Dos Madres Press

Often intimate and scaling a wide range of emotions and settings, this compilation of poetry serves as a distinct picture of the natural world. W. Nick Hill encapsulates time and place through descriptive imagery and surprising candor. "And we'd understand crows laughing, / live safe in the embrace of elements, / grateful to the seed for guidance."

Peter Stephan Jungk

The Perfect American

Michael Hofmann, tr.

Other Press

This engaging fictionalized biography of Walt Disney recounts Austrian cartoonist Wilhelm Dantine's obsession to tarnish the reputation of the man who fired him. A darker look at the iconic Disney persona, Peter Stephan Jungk fixes a unique gaze upon a man who was very much as haunted as he was famous.

Thomas Kabdebo

No Matter Where I Am, I See the Danube

Phaeton Publishing

Thomas Kabdebo recounts the postwar Stalin years of his childhood, his involvement in the Hungarian Revolution, and the events leading up to becoming a successful author in this autobiographical portrait of twentiethcentury Hungary. Now living in Ireland, he continues to augment his prolific output of writing and translating.

Jaan Kaplinski

Selected Poems

Bloodaxe Books

The personal website of Jaan Kaplinski features the distant silhouette of birds against a blue sky subtly dappled with clouds. The verse in Selected Poems shows a similar influence of nature with subtle Zen undertones. This collection gathers poems written between 1973 and 2004 and translated from Estonian as well as newer poems written in English.


The Underwater Welder

Top Shelf Productions

Jack Joseph seems stuck in a nightmare that keeps re-creating his father's drowning offthe coast of Nova Scotia. When his wife goes into labor, it's time for Jack to wake up. Known for his award-winning Essex County trilogy, Canadian JeffLemire has created another profound combination of art and story in The Underwater Welder. …

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