Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Mexican Drug War - Words without Borders

The Mexican Drug War is a special theme issue of Words without Borders. With it, the online magazine for international literature continues their tradition of exploring global events through international writing.

Guest edited by Carmen Boullosa, The Mexican Drug War features 11 pieces of fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction exploring the world of a modern-day Mexico held hostage by drug lords. Rafael Perez Gay, Luis Felipe Fabre, Rafael Lemus, Yuri Herrera, Juan Villoro, Fabrizio Mejia Madrid, Magali Tercero, Sergio Gonzalez Rodriguez, Hector de Mauleon, and Carmen Boullosa delve into the personal and the global repercussions of a conflict that has killed more than 60,000 people.

The issue is available online:  The Mexican Drug War. A good entry point for the article "A Report from Hell" by the editor Carmen Boullosa. For most articles, there also is a Spanish version online.

About Words without Borders
The mission of Words without Borders is to translate, publish, and promote the finest contemporary international literature: "Every month, on our online magazine, we publish eight to ten new works by international writers."
In keeping with their mission, the Mexican Drug War issue will present the human stories behind the bloodshed and struggles that have ravaged Mexico for more than a decade. It follows the May 2011 Afghanistan Issue and their July and August 2011 Arab Spring Issues.

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