Winner of the 2015 London Book Fair's International Translation Initiative Award,Asymptote is an exciting new international journal dedicated to literary translation and bringing together in one place the best in contemporary writing. To date, the magazine has published literature from 96 countries and 72 languages, including hitherto unpublished work by writers and translators such as J. M. Coetzee, Patrick Modiano, Can Xue, Ismail Kadare, David Mitchell, Anne Carson, Haruki Murakami, Lydia Davis, and Herta Müller. We are interested in encounters between languages and the consequences of these encounters. Though a translation may never fully replicate the original in effect (thus our name, “asymptote”: the dotted line on a graph that a mathematical function may tend towards but never reach), it is in itself an act of creation.
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