“Words without Borders” Features Caribbean Literature

Words without Borders—the online magazine for international literature—features a trove of Caribbean literature in their November issue. The original description below lists the writers included, but we would also like to express recognition for the translators who helped make this rich issue possible: Nancy Naomi Carlson, Linda Coverdale, Paul Curtis Daw, Kristin Dykstra, David Homel, Amanda Hopkinson, David Iaconangelo, Erica Mena, and Hoyt Rogers.

Description: This month we present literature from the Caribbean. Writers from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Martinique, and Puerto Rico contribute compelling portraits of their countries and societies. From sober reports on natural disasters and political oppression to antic depictions of sexuality run amok, the pieces collected here testify to the range and vitality of this region’s writers. Haiti’s Dany Laferrière reports from the rubble of the 2010 earthquake. In an excerpt from his Prix Goncourt-shortlisted novel, Lyonel Trouillot sends a young woman in search of her family history. Cuba’s Jorge Olivera Castillo brings a nightmare to life. His countryman Omar Pérez performs a lively regguetón. From Martinique, Suzanne Dracius rides with Amazons, while Johan Moya Ramis struggles with an unruly body part. Évelyne Trouillot gives voice to a madwoman on a turbulent journey. Puerto Rico’s Juan Flores presents a tap-dancing sage, while José María Lima speaks from the grave. In poetry from the Dominican Republic, Frank Baez paints a self-portrait, José Mármol communes with nature, and Aurora Arias comes full circle. We trust you’ll enjoy this island tour.

For full issue, see http://wordswithoutborders.org/issue/november-2011/

Shown here, Nadia Huggins’ 2005 “Untitled” (from original issue, see link above)

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