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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PEN Atlas Q&A: Arno Camenisch, author of The Alp

PEN Atlas Q&A: Arno Camenisch, author of The Alp

September 25th, 2014

Tasja Dorkofikis interviews Arno Camenish about his bilingual novel,[...]

The Weight of Language

The Weight of Language

September 18th, 2014

Elena Ferrante writes for PEN Atlas about the impact of reading Madame Bovary[...]

Art and Culture from the Frontline: In the hope that Syria Speaks even more!

Art and Culture from the Frontline: In the hope that Syria Speaks even more!

September 11th, 2014

Syrian journalist and short story writer Rasha Abbas interrogates the role of art and literature in conflict[...]

Soldier No. 9

Soldier No. 9

September 4th, 2014

Andrey Kurkov reports on the latest news from Ukraine,[...]

'You must keep feeding the lake'

‘You must keep feeding the lake’

August 28th, 2014

Michelle Bailat-Jones writes for PEN Atlas about Charles Ferdinand Ramuz, a contemporary of Robert Walser[...]

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