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The Paris Review No. 213, Summer 2015

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Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky on the art of translation: “As translators, we don’t live with these ideas. We live with words.” Peter Cole on the art of translation: “Smart people say such dumb and disappointing things about translation.”

New fiction by Michel Houellebecq, Deb Olin Unferth, David Szalay, Ann Beattie, Andrés Neuman, Padgett Powell, Chris Bachelder, and Lucia Berlin.

Poems by Coral Bracho, D. Nurkse, Xi Chuan, Radmila Lazić, Iman Mersal, Peter Cole, Nick Twemlow, Ishion Hutchinson, and John Koethe. And a portfolio by Aidan Koch.

Table of Contents


Chris Bachelder, The Throwback Special: Part 1

Ann Beattie, Yancey  Full Text

Lucia Berlin, B.F. and Me

Michel Houellebecq, From ‘Submission’

Andrés Neuman, The Things We Don’t Do  Full Text

Padgett Powell, Yeltsin Spotted Abroad in a Bar

David Szalay, Youth

Deb Olin Unferth, Voltaire Night


Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, The Art of Translation No. 4  Full Text

Peter Cole, The Art of Translation No. 5   Full Text


Coral Bracho, The Signal of His Urge

Xi Chuan, Mourning Problems  Full Text

Xi Chuan, Awake In Nanjing

Peter Cole, The Unsure Moralist  Full Text

Ishion Hutchinson, The Difference

John Koethe, The Swimmer

Radmila Lazić, Love  Full Text

Radmila Lazić, Secret Embroidery

Iman Mersal, The Curse of Small Creatures

D. Nurkse, First Love  Full Text

D. Nurkse, The Estonian Classics

D. Nurkse, Learning To Read

Nick Twemlow, Attributed to the Harrow Painter


Aidan Koch, Heavenly Seas