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ISBN: 978-1-931883-43-6
ISSN: 1525-5204
Pages: 184
Publication Date: March 1, 2015
Distributed By: Publishers Group West

Two Lines 22

Spring 2015

As I translate, my own country, maybe even my own life, don’t seem quite real to me, and there is a refreshing freedom in that.


—from the essay “Learning Dutch” by Lydia Davis


This issue of Two Lines reminds me, once again, of how large the world of writing is. That both Clifford Landers’s translation of Amilcar Bettega’s “Vicious Circle,” an intricately plotted narrative that ultimately bends time itself, and Jeremy Tiang’s translation of Zou Jingzhi’s short, biting vignettes about the mundane horror of living in China during the Cultural Revolution, are incredibly successful versions of the single genre we call “the short story” proves to me, as every issue of Two Lines does, both the delight to be had in the commonalities of reading across cultures and languages, but also that the experiences available to us in even one small subset of literature are wide open. —CJ EVANS

Table of Contents
Specimens | Auntie Xin | The Captured Spoon
Translated from Chinese by Jeremy Tiang
The Place Where the Hills Meet
Translated from Spanish by Lisa Dillman
Translated from Swedish by Rika Lesser
The Little Poucet and the Magic Nut
Translated from French by Matt Reeck
On the Rebound | Walking
Translated from Dutch by Lydia Davis
Vicious Circle
Translated from Portuguese by Clifford E. Landers
A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz
Translated from Swedish by Sarah Death
Translated from French by Daniel Levin Becker
Zodiac (2) | Zodiac (12)
Translated from Albanian by Wayne Miller & Anastas Kapurani
I Died When I Was Eight | Lines against Coyotes | And Doesn't It Ever Occur to You | To Those Who Give Their Lives for the Good of Humanity
Translated from Polish by Benjamin Paloff
Report from the Marketplace
Translated from Japanese by Jeffrey Angles
Poem Written on the Seventh Day of Autumn | Reading Siddhartha Mukherjee | Poem Left in the Back Seat of a Taxi
Translated from Spanish by G. J. Racz
On Zodiacs (2) and (12)
Learning Dutch