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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Ra Sh – The Narcissist

All his mirrors were women. They displayed him with breasts and vaginas and flesh buds. Desperate, he approached a blue lake to see his male splendor. His cock-a-doodle-do his rippling muscles his...

Ra Sh – Andro and Estro

Androgen and Estrogen met over a cup of Energen. You know how macho Androgen is. And how feminine Estrogen is. Androgen complained: These males are...

Ra Sh

Ra Sh (Ravi Shanker N) has published English-language poems in many national and international online and print magazines. His poems have been translated into German and...

Baret Magarian: The secret to a good narrative is to always keep things moving...

This interview with Baret Magarian was conducted mainly in Italian. I have to confess that I wasn’t able to persude him to talk about...

Michael Rothenberg – Coming Apart

If it were a real dream  the roses would  come apart.