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 the...

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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Barbara Ungar – Your Mother Serves Tongue

How could you put another creature’s tongue into your mouth? How could you bite, chew, swallow? Cannibal. Obscene. How could you tell the difference between a cow’s tongue and its delicious rump?...

Iliyana Deleva – The wall’s memory

‘Red’s shadow is brown’ – graffiti on the wall of the National Academy of the Arts. It’s not there now. The wall’s been repainted since then, and other graffiti has...

Iliyana Deleva – Home

after every poetry workshop slivers of poetry remain today the theme is home I leave a piece of home in the hospital ward at visiting time Translated by Tom Phillips Original...

Patrick Süskind – Perfume

Paris, 1738: the fish market. Here, in the smelliest place of the smelliest city in the world, was born Jean-Baptiste Grenuille, the perfume genius. From...

Iliyana Deleva – Translator

Reveals the secret stones of the tongue. And of silence. Lays hold of meanings. Translates them into words. Pulls us against the current. Reaches the vortex. Catches fish and releases them. Plock! Translated...