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 before moving back to Vilne (modern day Vilnius, lithuania) in 1921. He was a member of the m...

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 Following the Bolshevik revolution, Russian troops were withdrawn from the Caucasus leaving the region open to invasion by the Ottoman...

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.


  Our first story will be "Death" by Zabel Yessayan, translated by Jennifer Manoukian. "Death" tells the...

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