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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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A Golden Age for the African Short Story

A Golden Age for the African Short Story

July 17th, 2014

On 14 July 2014, Okwiri Oduor became the 15th winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, for her short story ‘My Father’s Head’, making her the third Kenyan winner of the Prize[...]

Horror and words  

Horror and words   

July 10th, 2014

Michel Laub, author of Diary of the Fall, writes for PEN Atlas on the importance of defining a vocabulary of atrocity[...]

The shot at Sarajevo

The shot at Sarajevo

July 4th, 2014

Bosnian writer Alma Lazarevska ruminates on the events that triggered the First World War[...]

The five stereotypes of Tibet

The five stereotypes of Tibet

June 26th, 2014

What's the story behind the romance and propaganda surrounding Tibet?[...]

The erotic and revolutionary poetry of Afghanistan

The erotic and revolutionary poetry of Afghanistan

June 19th, 2014

Amid recent election controversies, Bashir Sakhwaraz writes about Afghan women's poetry[...]

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