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Amnesty International Fortieth Anniversary issue. This big issue (over 400 pages) is chock full of amazing stuff, including poetry by Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska, Pulitzer Prize winners Maxine Kumin and Charles Simic, Daniel Berrigan, and Homero Aridjis; fiction by Tom Bissell and former Iranian political prisoner and torture victim Faraj Sarkohi; previously unpublished interviews with Vladimir Nabokov, Rita Dove, and Bei Dao; translation by Seamus Heaney; and first-person testimony of great acts of heroic compassion in the Balkan War recorded by Dr. Svetlana Broz, granddaughter of Marshal Tito (later reprinted in Utne Reader and in a Dutch magazine).



Fiction


Author Title
Bissell, Tom Aral
Fais, Michael Aunt Clara, Laughing Her Heart Out (translated from the Greek by Stavros Deligiorgis)
Sarkohi, Faraj The Yellow of Newly Ripened Lemons (translated from the Persian by Nilou Mobasser)


Poetry


Author Title
Rilke, Rainer Maria Adam (translated from the German by Millicent Bell)
Rilke, Rainer Maria Autumn Day (translated from the German by Millicent Bell)
Maxwell, Glyn Burning Song
Ochester, Ed Butterfly Effect
Kumin, Maxine Capital Punishment
Wei, Wang Cottage at Chungnan Mountain (translated from the Classical Chinese by Taylor Stoehr)
Georges, Danielle Legros A Cut
Olds, Sharon Directly
Galvin, James Earthquake
Bernard, April Eidetica
Ling, Bei The Face Also Has Bruised Dignity (translated from the Chinese by Tony Barnstone, Willis Barnstone, and Xi Chuan)
Maxwell, Glyn The Fair That Always Comes
Ekelöf, Gunnar Ferrysong (translated from the Swedish by Brita Stendahl)
Szymborska, Wislawa A Few Words on the Soul (translated from the Polish by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh)
Maxwell, Glyn The Flood Towns
Plumly, Stanley For Jan Palach, a Name Drawn by Lot, on the Anniversary of His Death the Third Day after Attempted Self-Immolation in Protest of Communist Occupation of Czechoslovakia, January 19, 1969
Ireland, Perrin Guest
Simic, Charles The Headline
Hyett, Barbara Helfgott In the Ring of Twenty Signs
Trethewey, Natasha Letter
Maxwell, Glyn Love-Letters for Cell Ten
Zagajewski, Adam The Majesty of Sleep (translated from the Polish by Clare Cavanagh)
Zhambalov, Sayan My Eyes are the Shimmering Waters (translated from the Buryat Mongolian by Virlana Tkacz, Wanda Phipps, and the author)
Cader, Teresa The New Creation
Vazirani, Reetika Nikos at 42
Marchant, Fred Part of It
Cader, Teresa Pure Music
Wei, Wang Returning to My Cottage (translated from the Classical Chinese by Taylor Stoehr)
Kinsella, John The Semiotics of a Truck Overturned in Fog
Aridjis, Homero Sepharad, 1492 (translated from the Spanish by George McWhirter and the author)
Galvin, James So Long
Zagajewski, Adam The Soul (translated from the Polish by Clare Cavanagh)
Bialosky, Jill Subterranean
Ling, Bei The Sun Singers (translated from the Chinese by Tony Barnstone, Willis Barnstone, and Xi Chuan)
Berrigan, Daniel Those I Love Are Subjected Once More to a Farcical Trial
Vazirani, Reetika To Angelina from Nikos in His Old Age
Kinsella, John The Trial
Berrigan, Daniel Turn About Is Fair
Aesop, The Two Mice (transfused from the Scots of Robert Henryson [1420-1505] by Seamus Heaney)
Berrigan, Daniel Two Secretaries of State Require Heart Surgery
Trethewey, Natasha What the Body Can Say
Kumin, Maxine William Remembers the Outbreak of Civil War 1983


Essays


Author Title
Stavans, Ilan . . . and justice for all
Rabben, Linda Amnesty International: Myth and Reality
Scammell, Michael Arthur Koestler in Civil War Spain
Broz, Svetlana Good People in Times of Evil (translated from the Serbian by Zorica Stoilovic and Ellen Elias-Bursac)
Ratiner, Steven Introduction to Interviews with Bei Dao and Rita Dove
Wasserman, Dan Lunacy ’Toons
Berrigan, Philip Nuclear Denial
Rosenwald, Lawrence On Nonviolence and Literature
Manea, Norman Periprava, 1958 (translated from the Romanian by Patrick Camiller)
Rubenstein, Joshua Premature Witness
Arnove, Anthony Scenes from Iraq
Melnyczuk, Askold Shadowboxing: Prophet Loss
Feitlowitz, Marguerite “We Know Nothing. It Isn’t Taught”: Secret Histories of Argentina’s Dirty War


Interviews


Author Title
Ratiner, Steven A Chorus of Voices: A Conversation with Rita Dove
Federico, Meg Penick Interview with Richard Reoch
Ratiner, Steven Reclaiming the Word: A Conversation with Bei Dao
Shrayer, Maxim D. Vladimir Nabokov, 1958


Reviews


Author Title
Campion, Peter

“As the Songwriter Wrote . . .”

Clark, Ann Marie From New Grapes to a Complex Wine
Scialabba, George Reflections on a Ravaged History
Scharf, Michael P. Statesman or War Criminal?
Agosín, Marjorie An Unforeseen Destiny: Pinochet, History, and Memory
Kissi, Edward The West and Genocide in Africa
Bedau, Hugo Adam Who Owns Death?
Patrick, Stewart A World Reformed



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