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.


“You must keep feeding the lake”

“You must keep feeding the lake”

August 28th, 2014

Michelle Bailat-Jones writes for PEN Atlas about Charles Ferdinand Ramuz, a contemporary of Robert Walser[...]

Identity and durability

Identity and durability

August 22nd, 2014

Paulo Scott writes for PEN Atlas about the need for Brazilian authors to move away from stories about 'white guys, living in the big urban centres', and how a vain desire for durability has stunted the literature of his country[...]

'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[...]

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