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Mashaf Reš (The Black Book)

In the beginning God created the White Pearl out of his most precious essence. He also created a bird named Angar. He placed...

Shota Rustaveli – The story of Nuradin P’hridon when Tariel met...

574. I landed by night; I came ashore where gardens were seen. It seemed as if there were a city: we came near, on...

How they found an island where Hell is

Having sailed with the wind somewhere in the region of Aquilone, they saw an island that was all full of large stones and was...

‘The capture’ by Olaudah Equiano

One day, when all our people were gone out to their works as usual, and only I and my dear sister were left to...

“The Shahs of Old” by Ferdowsi

  Kaiumers first sat upon the throne of Persia, and was master of the world. He took up his abode in the mountains, and clad...

Alana the beautiful and her sons

      The years went by and Dobun the clever died. After his death, Alana the beautiful, though she had no husband,...

Mongol’s Secret Story

Mongols’ Secret Story derives from an anonymous poem dating back to 1240, that is some years after Gengis Khan’s death and it...

Mongol’s Secret Story

Mongols’ Secret Story derives from an anonymous poem dating back to 1240, that is some years after Gengis Khan’s death and it...

Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, or the tenth muse

Sentimientos de ausente Amado dueño mío, Escucha un rato mis cansadas quejas, Pues del viento las fío, Que breve las conduzca a tus orejas, Si no se desvanece el...

Kalila and Dimna

On a first reading, this might seem to be just the fantastic tale of the adventures of two jackals, talking animals at the court...

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Valentina Meloni – As if it were an endless autumn

As if it were an endless autumn silently one by one they leave and buds already appear on branches airy pollens are floating in flight but the invisible...

Valentina Meloni

Born in Rome in 1976, since 2007 she has lived between Umbria and Tuscany.. She has published for poetry: Le regole del controdolore (Temperino...

Alexander Shurbanov – Waiting for Schliemann

Everything I’ve written has its whereabouts in spacetime. Not a word is invented, not a sound. If one day a Schliemann rakes the dust of the ages, Troy the unconquerable will...

What propels poetry into being is amazement: conversation with Alexander Shurbanov

I met Alexander Shurbanov in Sofia during the summer of 2016, on the occasion of a brief visit to the capital of Bulgaria connected...

Alexander Shurbanov

Alexander Shurbanov (Sofia, 1941) is author of many books of poems and essays. He has translated into Bulgarian Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare’s mature...