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Europese Literatuurprijs longlist

The Dutch Europese Literatuurprijs is awarded for the best (European) book in Dutch translation, and they've just announced their (twenty-title) 2018 longlist. It is limited to European authors, but still interesting to see the variety,...Show More Summary

Science fiction in ... Bangladesh

In the Dhaka Tribune Afrose Jahan Chaity reports Ekushey Book Fair: Science-fiction books see the largest sales. A new title by Muhammed Zafar Iqbal was apparently all the rage: Titled "Tratina" [????????], the book has seen the highest number of sales in the book fair until now. Show More Summary

IPAF shortlist

They've announced the six-title strong shortlist for this year's International Prize for Arabic Fiction. It includes works by Ibrahim Nasrallah and Amir Tag Elsir -- as well as one that's been translated and is due out in English shortly,...Show More Summary

LA Times Book Prize finalists

They've announced the finalists for this year's LA Times Book Prizes -- awarded in ten categories. Neat to see Vivek Shanbhag's Ghachar Ghochar -- a book in translation, and a paperback original at that -- as one of five fiction finalists. (That is the only one of the finalists under review at the complete review.)

Israeli fiction in ... Israel

In the Forward Aviya Kushner wonders Do Israeli Writers Still Care About Israeli Literature ? Apparently: "Israeli readers are reading less Israeli literature in favor of work in translation" -- and: in Israel, in literary circles, there...Show More Summary

A Girl in Exile review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Ismail Kadare's A Girl in Exile: Requiem For Linda B.. This came out in 2016 in the UK, but it's taken until now for a US edition to come out (from Counterpoint).

Ten Minutes in Murderland. Horror and Sensationalism in The St Andrews Citizen, Week 3: Jack the Ripper.

This is the final part of our mini blog series featuring sensational headlines from The St Andrews Citizen newspaper. Spoiler alert: contains graphic descriptions of murder – not for the faint-hearted! There are few people […]

PEN America Literary Awards

They've announced the winners of this year's PEN America Literary Awards, with Len Rix's translation of Katalin Street by Szabó Magda winning the translation prize; see also the New York Review Books publicity page, or get your copyShow More Summary

Frankfurt Book Fair 'Guests of Honour'

More 'Guests of Honour' ! They've announced that Slovenia to be Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2022 -- just a few weeks after they announced that Italy to be Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2023. Tiding you...Show More Summary

The last 100 reviews

Yes, I'm up to 4100 books under review at the complete review, so it's time for another overview of the past 100 reviewed titles. - The last 100 reviews were posted over a zippy 163 days (previous hundred: alomst a month longer, at 188...Show More Summary

Republic of Consciousness Prize shortlist

The shortlist for the Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small (UK and Irish) Presses has been announced. This looks like a pretty interesting list -- but I haven't seen any of these. The winner will be announced next month.

Fariba Vafi Q & A

At Qantara.de Sabine Oelze has a Q & A with Author Fariba Vafi: Writers struggle for influence in Iran. Her My Bird has been translated into English, and see information about two other titles at Gazelle International.

Cruel is the Night review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Karo Hämäläinen's thriller, Cruel is the Night, which Soho Press brought out last year (and is due out in paperback soon).

JQ Wingate Prize

They've announced that The Mighty Franks by Michael Frank has won the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize, "awarded to the best book -- fiction or non-fiction -- to translate the idea of Jewishness to the general reader"; see, for example,...Show More Summary

7 Questions for Christina MacSweeney on Julian Herbert

Although Mexican author Julián Herbert is well into his forties, has won numerous awards, and has written well over a dozen books in various formats, he is only now making his long overdue debut in English with his 2011 “novel” Tomb Song, in Christina MacSweeney’s translation. I give the word novel those scare quotes because, Continue Reading

A Celebrity Philosopher Explains the Populist Insurgency

Thomas Meaney on Peter Sloterdijk, a German public intellectual who has spent decades railing against the pieties of liberal democracy. 

The Domestic Thriller Is Having a Moment

Joyce Carol Oates on A.J. Finn’s “The Woman in the Window,” in which an agoraphobic with a zoom lens thinks she sees something.  

What Went Wrong in Vietnam

The military historian Max Boot takes on the counter-insurgency maven Edward Lansdale.  

“Mrs. Crasthorpe”

Fiction by William Trevor: “She’d been impulsive once upon a time, hasty and not caring that she was. Tups had called her a spur-of-the-moment girl.”

Links & Reviews

- Following the news late last year (noted here) about forged Waldseemüller world map gores, the Bavarian State Library (BSB) has announced that their copy is also a 20th-century forgery.- The ABAA has posted a list of books stolen in...Show More Summary

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