Words Without Borders: Writing on Migrant Labor

Founded in 2003, HAND's grantee, Words Without Borders promotes cultural understanding through the translation, publication, and promotion of contemporary international literature. Every month, Words Without Borders publishes eight to twelve new works by international writers and to date has published well over 1,700 pieces from 124 countries and 101 languages. The publication seeks to open doors for English readers around the world to the multiplicity of viewpoints, richness of experience, and literary perspective on world events offered by writers who speak other languages.

In July 2014, the theme of the translated work is Migrant Labor. The magazine's works feature several different characters who leave their various homelands in search of work and new lives in foreign lands. Pieces include work by Wang Bang who interviews Chinese prostitutes now working in London, and work by Vladimir Vertlib who writes about Brooklyn's thriving Russian community which has recreated the Russian homeland in Brighton Beach. The issue also features writing by Saud Alsanousi, winner of the 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, and work by a graphic novelist Victoria Lomasko.

Writers Without Borders is a gem: it offers the finest array of international literature in English for readers everywhere.

Click here to read the wonderful array of work.