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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To speak or not to speak, that is the question

To speak or not to speak, that is the question

October 30th, 2014

Boualem Sansal charts the history of Algeria and how it ties into the history of free expression in his country[...]

PEN Atlas Q&A: Per Petterson, author of 'I Refuse'

PEN Atlas Q&A: Per Petterson, author of ‘I Refuse’

October 23rd, 2014

PEN Atlas talks to Per Petterson about violence, absence, and the ongoing popularity of Norwegian literature[...]

Life and Fate Redux

Life and Fate Redux

October 2nd, 2014

Robert Chandler writes from the first Russian conference on Vasily Grossman, author of the monumental Life and Fate,[...]

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[...]

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