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September 15, 2017

Once upon a time there was an emperor who ruled over a land that was immeasurably large, beautiful, and prosperous. Like every other emperor, he possessed a treasure-chamber, in the midst of which, among all the shining, glittering jewels, there lay a horn. But this wa...

September 15, 2017

If I had to die now,

I would say:

“Was that it?”


“I’m not quite sure I understood it.


“It was a bit loud.”


Translated by Pól Peist

September 14, 2017

Plan your itinerary in broad strokes; let the details sort themselves out as the whims of the hour dictate.

The world is the biggest tourist attraction there is—get out there and see it.

There isn’t a man alive with such a comprehensive overview that he can understand an...

August 18, 2017

This part of the world is proud of itself, and with good reason. In Europe people are proud:

To be German.

To be French.

To be English.

Not to be German.

Not to be French.

Not to be English.

To be the best in the 3rd Company.

To be a German mother. To stand by the banks of the...

October 26, 2016

Foreign languages are nice, when you don’t understand them. I once asked the great J.V

February 16, 2016



Avrom Sutzkever אַבֿרהם סוצקעווער


Avrom Sutzkever  (1913–2010)

Born in Smorgon (in modern day Belarus) Sutzkever was arguable the greatest Yiddish poet of the 20th century. During the first world war his family fled to Siberia where Sutzkever spent his early childhood...

January 15, 2016

Argentine-born writer Patricio Pron can be included among a wave of contemporary transcultural writers coming out of Latin America.

These writers, which include Andrés Neuman, Valeria Luiselli, and Eduardo Halfon, have spent many years living outside of the countr...

January 10, 2016

Aksel Bakunts Ակսել Բակունց


Aksel Bakunts (1899 - 1937) was an Armenian writer, screenwriter, translator and activist. Born in Goris, he spent time in prison as a teenager for writing a satire mocking the mayor of Goris.


 Following the Bolshevik revolution, Russi...

December 20, 2015


With the launch of Sprachbund (our journal of literature in translation) fast approaching, we figured it was time to get this blog started and take the opportunity to introduce the authors and translators whose stories will be featured in issue 1.


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