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.
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[...]
October 30th, 2014
Boualem Sansal charts the history of Algeria and how it ties into the history of free expression in his country[...]
October 23rd, 2014
PEN Atlas talks to Per Petterson about violence, absence, and the ongoing popularity of Norwegian literature[...]
October 2nd, 2014
Robert Chandler writes from the first Russian conference on Vasily Grossman, author of the monumental Life and Fate,[...]