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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The apricot border with Russia, or separatism on Skype

The apricot border with Russia, or separatism on Skype

April 17th, 2014

With the growing troubles in Ukraine, poet and dramatist Liubov Iakymchuk writes for PEN Atlas[...]

North Korean love poetry

North Korean love poetry

April 10th, 2014

Shirley Lee writes for PEN Atlas, in a week when Korea is the Market Focus for London Book Fair 2014[...]

My Literary Form(s)

My Literary Form(s)

April 3rd, 2014

In the run-up to London Book Fair 2014, where Korea is the market focus, Han Kang writes about women that turn into plants, the intuitive process in choosing between prose and poetry, and what the future holds for her writing[...]

The suffering healers

The suffering healers

March 27th, 2014

Ahead of his appearances with English PEN at the Free Word Centre and London Book Fair 2014, Hwang Sok-Yong takes us into the shamanistic past of Korean culture[...]

Once I Was a Dog

Once I Was a Dog

March 20th, 2014

Jacek Hugo-Bader writes about the scavenging life of the journalist for this week's PEN Atlas, and how living down and out in Moscow and Warsaw prepared him for his bicycle and Volvo journeys across Central Asia[...]

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