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Issue 9, November - December 2004

Newly published books

Witold Gombrowicz, Testament: Entretiens avec Dominique de Roux , trans. into Czech by Helena Stachova (Revolver Review, Praha, 2004), supported by the East Translates East Publications Project

This is the first Czech translation and publication of the interviews of Witold Gombrowicz with the French journalist Dominique de Roux. Originally the conversations appeared in 1969 in the exiled in Paris Polish magazine “Culture” as “Rozmovy z Gombrowiczem”. Since that time the book has been always published under the title Testament. The interviews shed light on the writer’s life, as well as on his fiction and theatre, brought to life by his personal commentaries. Each conversation is focused on certain period of Gombrowicz’s “biographia literaria”. The publication closes with a complete and precise bibliography, made by Lucie Bartonova, which includes also the Czech publications. The Czech premiere of Testament is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Gombrowicz’s birth.

Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russel Hochschild (eds.), Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy , transl. into Bulgarian by Teodora Davidova and Tsvetana Gencheva (Ciela, Sofia, 2004), supported by the Women’s Issues Translation Project

This is a collection of fifteen oral histories of women immigrants. These are not “happy” stories about migration, about pursuing career development or personal achievement. On the contrary, the collection presents examples of labor exploitation, abuse, and violation of human rights. What’s it like to be a poor woman coming from Mexico, Sri Lanka or The Philippines? The self portraits in this book, along with the authors’ perceptive analyses address current topics relevant to global women’s issues and point to the need for raising institutional address and enacting legislation to ensure the protection of women’s rights and promotion of women’s issues throughout the world.

Foundation News - new Board member

In November the newly appointed member of the Next Page Governing Board Kate Griffin spent five days in Sofia to get additional insight into the work of the Foundation. She had in-depth discussions with the team on their current and future plans and contributed to drafting the Foundation’s new strategy for 2005-2006, particularly for the East Translates East component.

Kate Griffin is a Literature Officer at the Arts Council England, with a particular focus on international literature projects and translation. She spent time as a freelancer and as a project manager at the British Council in Moscow working on publishing promotion and literature activities.

Staff news

Since the 1st of December, Natasha Mullins has been appointed part-time Acting Director of Next Page Foundation, while Yana Genova is on maternity leave until the 30th of April, 2005.

Natasha Mullins graduated from Colgate University and Boston College USA and specialized in the field of Political Science, Asian Studies, and International Management. Natasha received an undergraduate degree from Colgate University where she concentrated on Political Science and Asian Studies and an MBA in International Business from Boston College. She has experience working for non-profit organizations in the US and Japan and has been working in Bulgaria for the past two years. Her e-mail address is
Please join us in welcoming Kate and Natasha to our team!

Page Back wishes you a happy, “snowy”, and courageous step forward into the New Year. Our next issue will be available in the third week of January, 2005.