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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Rain and Bamboo

Rain and Bamboo

December 18th, 2014

Juan Tomas Avila Laurel writes from Equatorial Guinea about local literature and languages of faraway places[...]

Yule love these books in translation 2014

Yule love these books in translation 2014

December 11th, 2014

Roasting chestnuts on an open fire, taking the first whiff of mulled wine, and cracking open a great work of literature in translation: find your stocking-filler or winter-cheerer with these recommendations[...]

Memory and Responsibility

Memory and Responsibility

December 4th, 2014

Having won the 2014 Jan Michalski Prize for Road to Donbass, Serhiy Zhadan writes for PEN Atlas[...]

But why do you write your books in English and Turkish?

But why do you write your books in English and Turkish?

November 28th, 2014

Elif Shafak investigates what makes the bilingual author choose to write in one language and not another[...]

'I can read': life and death in Guerrero

‘I can read’: life and death in Guerrero

November 24th, 2014

Juan Villoro writes about the recent abductions and murders of students in Mexico[...]

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