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Cut from a Different Cloth: Reading and Teaching Lu Min’s “Scissors, Shining”

Posted on April 14, 2021

A threaded needle. Photo by amirali mirhashemian on Unsplash.
"I was extremely devoted to studying Master Song’s craft, surrounded by swaths of cloth and bits of thread, whiling away a boyhood like a plant dyed an unnatural hue, brightly colored, but sick inside, silently suffering."

Aided by the advantages of hindsight, Xiaotong’s narrative voice preserves and embellishes the past to tell a painful story about adolescence, desire, abuse, and the quiet desperation of not fitting in. Lu Min’s “Scissors, Shining,” featured in Words Without Borders and translated by Michael Day, is a thematically challenging and formally interesting story that would be suitable for an explication or close reading assignment in the advanced high school or college literature classroom. 

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Read Iran with us this spring

Posted on March 23, 2021

Spring in Tehran, by Arman Key. CC by 2.0 license.

With the recent lifting of the so-called "Muslim ban," we at Words Without Borders are looking forward to the U.S. becoming a more open place than it has been in recent years. And we are especially glad to announce the completion of the collection of literature from Iran on this website.

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