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.


'While the Gods Were Sleeping'

‘While the Gods Were Sleeping’

August 14th, 2014

To commemorate the centenary of The Great War, PEN Atlas takes us to Belgium[...]

When my cat tried to have breakfast at Tiffany's

When my cat tried to have breakfast at Tiffany’s

August 8th, 2014

To celebrate International Cat Day, Lena Devani writes from Greece for PEN Atlas[...]

Spelling out FLIP

Spelling out FLIP

August 7th, 2014

Sophie Lewis writes for PEN Atlas about the once sleepy and secluded town of Paraty, Brazil, now home to one of the continent's best and most varied literary festivals[...]

No more trips to the beach, no more ice cream in Gaza

No more trips to the beach, no more ice cream in Gaza

August 5th, 2014

Ahmed Masoud writes about his son Zino and his trips to the beach in Gaza[...]

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[...]

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