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Life from Elsewhere, our exciting collaborative book celebrating the first ten years of the writers in translation programme at English PEN is out now. Life from Elsewhere is a meandering and illuminating journey through world literature, with ten new essays by leading international writers, reflecting on the question of identity, both personal and political, in a many-frontiered world. Alain Mabanckou writes on how the Congo remains his umbilical cord, Andrés Neuman on growing up in Argentina, Chan Koonchung on the impossibility of defining China, Israel’s Ayelet Gundar-Goshen on a meta-fictional encounter between writer and translator, Samar Yazbek on post-revolutionary Syria, Asmaa al-Ghul on how every experience in Palestine is linked to occupation, Mahmoud Dowlatabadi on the defiance of literature in the face of Iran’s revolution, Hanna Krall’s bittersweet meditations on the effects of the Holocaust in Poland, Andrey Kurkov on the dead and living languages of the Caucasus, and Turkey’s  Elif Shafak on the necessity of a cosmopolitan and diverse Europe. To give you a flavour of this unique, challenging and highly personal book, here's an exclusive extract - Andrés Neuman's brilliant essay A Compass with Two Souths.