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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 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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Claire Loader – Qetesh

            A goddess sits at the end of my bed, visits these nights of waking. Where thoughts run more than fingers, hands wary of the divide. Instead we turn...

Ellen Bass – Indigo

As I’m walking on West Cliff Drive, a man runs toward me pushing one of those jogging strollers with shock absorbers so the baby...

Charles Dickens – A tale of two cities

“Read Dickens, he is the master of us all” I would define myself as Cartesio’s son: doubt lives within me. I doubt that people’s actual skills...

Claire Loader – we said goodbye on a wednesday

            did you still exist before i woke before the need to pee put you on a collision course with gravity before you danced with me in...

Ellen Bass: the best of oneself must shine like stellar dust

I have not yet read the complete work of Ellen Bass but I find her one of the most interesting contemporary authors for the...