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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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[...]

PEN Atlas Q&A: Helle Helle, author of 'This Should Be Written in the Present Tense'

PEN Atlas Q&A: Helle Helle, author of ‘This Should Be Written in the Present Tense’

November 13th, 2014

Helle Helle is one of Denmark’s most widely read writers. In This Should Be Written in the Present Tense, her first novel translated into English, she writes about a young woman, Dorte Hansen[...]

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[...]

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