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Words Without Borders: The World Through the Eyes of Writers    edited by Samantha Schnee, Alane Salierno Mason & Dedi Felman order for
Words Without Borders
by Samantha Schnee
Order:  USA  Can
Anchor, 2007 (2007)

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* *   Reviewed by Kerrily Sapet

Only 6% of books in translation are translated into English. How many writers from different continents are you missing? In this new anthology, the editors of the online magazine Words Without Borders have, for the first time, put together a fascinating book featuring twenty-eight writers from more than twenty different countries. The founders of the website: Alane Salierno Mason, Dedi Felman, and Samantha Schnee provide these stories now for us in their first book, Words Without Borders: The World Through the Eyes of Writers. This work features stories, previously untranslated literature, giving English speakers a peek into the world beyond their doorstep.

Each new story, written by Asian, Latin American, African, European, and Middle Eastern writers, is introduced by some of the world's most accomplished writers - from Francine Prose to Edwidge Danticat to Ha Jin. Each offers their valued perspectives about the story to come, providing background and interesting tidbits of information. Next, the reader steps into the meat of the book - the stories themselves. Each one unique, they have the common thread of a different viewpoint. Many of them easily stretch across the barriers of language and country, reaching out instead to the human foibles, hopes, frailties, and beauty within us all.

The online magazine, Words Without Borders - publishing monthly installments of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and essays - provides a forum for international writers. Archives can be searched by language, title and region. This website represents a phenomenal showing of more than seventy languages and eighty countries. It offers a wonderful look into the words that bind the world together.

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