words without borders


Words without Borders translates, publishes, and promotes the finest contemporary international literature. Our publications and programs open doors for readers of English around the world to the multiplicity of viewpoints, richness of experience, and literary perspective on world events offered by writers in other languages. They seek to connect international writers to the general public, to students and educators, and to print and other media and to serve as a primary online location for a global literary conversation.

Every month, on their online magazine, WWB publishes eight to ten new works by international writers. They have published works by Nobel Prize winner J.M.G Le Clézio, Herta Müller, Mahmoud Darwish, Etgar Keret, Per Petterson, Fadhil Al-Azzawi, W.G. Sebald, and Ma Jian, as well as many new and rising international writers. To date they have published well over a thousand pieces from 114 countries and eighty languages.

Season of Migration to the North (Mawsim al-Hiǧra ilā ash-Shamāl) by Tayyeb Salih

On December 2009 we revisited Season of Migration to the North (Mawsim al-Hiǧra ilā ash-Shamāl) by Tayeb Salih.

First discussed by Kutub in 2006 Kutub we look forward to revisit this classic post-colonial novel by the Sudanese writer Tayyeb Salih (sometimes written as Tayeb Saleh or Al-Tayyib Salih), who sadly passed away in early 2009. Confronting displacement and post-colonial aftermath, this book (originally published in Arabic in 1966) is a modern Arabic classic and a vivid portrayal of racial and sexual tension. A fascinating read that’s strong character belies its slim spine, Season of Mirgration explores anti-colonialism and anti-imperialism, self-destruction, cultural exoticism, and manipulations of power.