The transformations in this issue of PEN America are linguistic, temporal, spatial, physical, cultural, political: In stories by William Kennedy, Mary Morris, and Marie Darrieussecq, bodies mutate into different bodies - the sort of metamorphoses Apuleius and Ovid favored. Mavis Gallant, George Saunders, and Ben Okri describe transpositions between lives and afterlives. Yusef Komunyakaa, Angela Carter, Michael Joyce, and Harlan Ellison transport classic tales through time and space. Steven Millhauser and Matthea Harvey playfully modify genres. Essays adapted from a PEN tribute to Gabriel Garcia Marquez call attention to his elegant transitions from journalist to novelist, realist to romantic to maker of inexplicable magic. Yoko Tawada, Monique Truong, Edmund Keeley, and A.B. Yehoshua recount border crossings, many of them rough, from one language to another.
PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers is published by PEN American Center. Featuring fiction, poetry, conversation, criticism, and memoir, PEN America champions international authors and provides first-hand insight into the minds of contemporary writers through provocative symposia.
In 2000, PEN America was named one of the Ten Best New Magazines by Library Journal. PEN America has been a finalist for the Utne Independent Press Award for international coverage, and work from recent issues has been selected for Best American Essays, Best American Stories, and the Pushcart Prize.
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