Welcome to the PEN Atlas

The PEN Atlas is your gateway to a world of literature.  Every Thursday, we post literary dispatches from around the world, showcasing the very best international writers.  We hope to bring new insights into the rich literary landscape that may be found beyond the English language.

The amount of foreign literature published in English is far too low. We hope the PEN Atlas will inspire literature lovers to sample new writing from other countries, and encourage publishers to bring that writing to the British market.

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Life in War

Life in War

July 31st, 2014

Nayrouz Qarmout follows her short story for PEN Atlas with a gripping diary piece from the heart of the conflict in Gaza[...]

Umm Ahmed: Newsflash

Umm Ahmed: Newsflash

July 29th, 2014

A rare and incredibly moving piece of fiction from Gaza, from writer and activist Nayrouz Qarmout[...]

Writing, recreating, surviving

Writing, recreating, surviving

July 24th, 2014

Tomás González writes for PEN Atlas about the act of literary creation, the qualms over writing about family tragedy, and how one shocking night on a beach in Colombia changed his life[...]

A Golden Age for the African Short Story

A Golden Age for the African Short Story

July 17th, 2014

On 14 July 2014, Okwiri Oduor became the 15th winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, for her short story ‘My Father’s Head’, making her the third Kenyan winner of the Prize[...]

Horror and words  

Horror and words   

July 10th, 2014

Michel Laub, author of Diary of the Fall, writes for PEN Atlas on the importance of defining a vocabulary of atrocity[...]

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