Nihad Sirees’s ‘States of Passion,’ Sherko Bekas’s ‘Butterfly Valley’ Wins PEN Translates Awards on ‘Increasingly Adventurous’ List

According to the publisher, the book, by the “Kurdish poet of the century,” is a “poetic response to the atrocities coitted by Saddam Hussein against the Kurdish people in the 1980s.”


Friday Finds: ‘Don’t Put Your Elephant In Your Luggage’

“I’m from southern Iraq, after all, so I toyed with making it a truck-sized black water buffalo—but then the thing would look like a promo video for the Mesopotamian Marshes and their native buffalo population, which have just made it onto the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.”