Two Lines 23
Darkness is the core of every story.
Time and the moment stop there,
there they shiver and shut.
—from “The Verdict” by Pedro Serrano, translated from the Spanish by Katherine Silver
Individual voices sharing their complex lives and minds—what is left behind by talking points and stump speeches—that is literature. In this issue of Two Lines we have a story by Prabda Yoon, translated from Thai by Mui Poopoksakul. According to the database on the University of Rochester’s Three Percent website, in the last eight years there hasn’t been a single literary book translated from Thai. Fifty-six million people speak Thai, and we haven’t heard a single one of them tell a story in eight years. —CJ EVANS