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The Game

“He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster…when you gaze long into the abyss the abyss also gazes into you.” –… Continue reading ?

New World Literature Today

The March-April issue of World Literature Today is now available online -- and, as always, well worth your time and attention. Among the topics covered/presented: 'Dystopian Visions' and 'Contemporary Montenegrin Prose'. But, as always, the pages to check out in particular are the WLT Book Reviews -- as always, quite an interesting selection.

Prize: JQ-Wingate Prize

They've announced the winners -- plural, because the prize is shared this year -- of the 2017 Jewish Quarterly Wingate literary prize, the prize going to East West Street (by Philippe Sands) and Waking Lions (by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen). With...Show More Summary

Prize: French Voices Award

They announced the 2016 French Voices Award grantees a while ago -- and yesterday they awarded the Grand Prize to Youna Kwak's forthcoming translation of François Bon's novel Daewoo (at a very nice ceremony at the Cultural Services of...Show More Summary

New Murakami

The new -- massive, two-volume -- Murakami Haruki novel is out today -- in Japan(ese). Hence articles such as: Takashi Takizawa at the Asahi Shimbun reporting Bookstores brace for rush of Murakami's fans on Feb. 24 and Daisuke Kikuchi...Show More Summary


Russian writer Zakhar Prilepin -- several of whose works are available in English; see the Glagoslav author page -- apparently recently introduced his new book, Officers and Militias of Russian Literature, in which: "he tries to prove...Show More Summary

On Difficult Loves

  Love is a strange nest, or at least the kind of love you attempt, the same strange nest both of you and your beloved build over and over, to escape… Continue reading ?

Copyright ABCs – “This book is very ill used”: Student Marginalia in A Tour in Scotland

This week Emily reports on an item discovered by the Lighting the Past team from within the ‘D’ section of the Copyright Collection. You can see the previous post in […]

Prizes: Society of Authors' Translation Prizes

They've announced the winners of this year's Society of Authors' Translation Prizes, and at the Times Literary Supplement Adrian Tahourdin has the run-down, in Open borders. The only prize-winning title under review at the complete review is Christina MacSweeney's Premio Valle Inclán-winning translation of Valeria Luiselli's The Story of My Teeth.

Prizes: PEN America Literary Awards

They've announced the winners of this year's PEN America Literary Awards -- with the Translation Prize going to Tess Lewis, for her translation of Maja Haderlap's Angel of Oblivion (which had previously won the 2015 ACFNY Translation Prize). See also the Archipelago Books publicity page, or get your copy at or

Prizes: Walter Scott Prize longlist

They've announced the thirteen-title-strong longlist for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction -- with quite a few big names on it.

Prizes: L.A. Times Book Prize finalists

They've announced the finalists for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize(s) Five of the categories include a (single) work in translation -- an impressive spread, at least.

The Last Days of New Paris review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of China Miéville surreal(ist) alternate-history, The Last Days of New Paris.

The Lost Poetry of the Angel Island Detention Center

Although it was widely known as the Ellis Island of the West, Angel Island wasn’t meant to herald immigrants to the United States so much as to keep them out. Located just across from Alcatraz in the San Francisco Bay, the immigration...Show More Summary

Goon I Feel You

  How such gentle names belie the bodies checked into boards. Like in another context you could say: Here maple leafs fall among islanders, and think I’m talking about vacationing… Continue reading ?

Yomiuri Prizes

They announced these quite a few weeks ago, but the big ceremony for the 68th Yomiuri Prize(s) for Literature -- and the first I heard of it -- was only a couple of days ago; see also the official site. First off: the impressive selection committee (i.e. Show More Summary

Dacia Maraini

You can -- and if you can, you should -- catch Dacia Maraini in conversation with Jhumpa Lahiri and Alessandro Giammei at Princeton at 16:30 today. If, like me, you can't, then you hope there will be reports (and video ?) -- and youShow More Summary

What We See When We Read review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of A Phenomenology by Peter Mendelsund, What We See When We Read. Yeah, I didn't get this at all; I see/read things rather differently.

Narrative versus Exposition

What is narrative nonfiction? It’s basically a true account that uses scenes, characters, action, and dialogue to tell the story. Exposition tells readers what happened: Person A did thing X… Continue reading ?

8 Questions with Ra Page of Comma Press on Publishers Defying the Muslim Ban

Almost immediately when President Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban went into effect (since rechristened the “Travel Ban,” and since scaled back by court order), British independent publisher Comma Press had an innovative response: in 2018 they would do a full year of titles only written by authors from the banned nations. I’ve long known Comma Press Continue Reading

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