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Dylan and the Nobel saga, cont'd.

A couple of days ago I noted that Bob Dylan was still ignoring the Swedish Academy, and had not given any signs of acknowledgement to them regarding the Nobel Prize they want to bestow on him -- and how this whole growing fiasco wasShow More Summary

The Evenings, finally in English

As I've mentioned quite a few times that Gerard Reve's The Evenings is one of the most famous novels never to have been translated into English -- a situation that is only now being rectified, as Pushkin Press are coming out with a translation,...Show More Summary

Revolution 2020 review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Chetan Bhagat's 2011 novel, Revolution 2020: Love. Corruption. Ambition. Two of the three -- and sometimes all three -- Chetan Bhagat novels under review at the complete...Show More Summary

The Lost Virtue of Cursive

On a recent Tuesday night, I attended the parents’ open house at my daughters’ school, a Taft-era brick building in New Haven, Connecticut, which serves four hundred and fifty children, in grades kindergarten through eighth. I have three daughters there, so I had to make the rounds to each of their homerooms. Show More Summary

Q&A With Dodge and Burn Author Seraphina Madsen

Recently I read and reviewed Dodge and Burn, a startling and very original debut novel by Seraphina Madsen. I had the chance to interview the author about her writing journey and process, how it felt to convert painful personal memories into fiction, her experience of writing a novel and seeing it published, and more. She took the […]

Dutch/Flemish overviews

With the Netherlands and Flanders as Guest of Honour at the currently on-going Frankfurt Book Fair more attention is being paid to the region and, for example, Eric Visser now offers an overview of Low Countries: lofty ideals in TheShow More Summary

Prix Interallié (semi-)shortlist

The prix Interallié isn't one of the top-tier French literary prizes -- high second-tier, let's say, though it does have the distinction of being the last-to-announce of the (more or less) major prizes, on 8 November -- and its semi-shortlist...Show More Summary

Translated from the Japanesem forthcoming in 2017

No doubt, an early version of the 2017 Translation Database will soon be up at Three Percent, but it's good we already can get a limited preview of what we can look forward to in translations from the Japanese, helpfully collected at Lines from the Horizon. Los of big names here, and some very fine stuff.

Translation in ... Egypt

At Al-Agram Weekly Rania Khallaf profiles the head of Egypt's National Centre for Translation, Anwar Mogeith, in Keeping the flame alight. He speaks about both translation into Arabic, and of Egyptian books for foreign audiences -- though...Show More Summary

White Writer

In the past few weeks, there has been an escalating public debate about the social role of the white writer, stimulated by the novelist Lionel Shriver’s speech at a writers’ festival in early September. It is a cultural moment that has made white writers look in the mirror and wonder if we have been confusing it with a window. Show More Summary

Into Trump’s Woods

Once upon a time, I lived alone with my father in a cottage at the edge of the wood. My father forbade me from entering the forest for fear I’d encounter Trump, the seething, hump-backed monster who lived there. I… Continue reading ...

American Pastoral, the movie

I posted my review of Philip Roth's American Pastoral a few days ago -- just in time for the (limited) release of the movie version (see the official site) -- and now the first reviews of that are out. The headlines pretty much say it...Show More Summary

New Books in German at 20

New Books in German bills itself as an: 'essential resource for publishers, translators, booksellers and readers', and well, while 'essential' is probably a bit of a stretch, it is certainly a useful resource -- and it has now turned...Show More Summary

Birth of a Dream Weaver review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of the third of Ng?g? wa Thiong'o's memoirs, A Writer's Awakening, Birth of a Dream Weaver.

Historical Cooking: Week 2 – Milk Soup and Kropffen Cakes

This is the second post in the Special Collections mini-series on our Swiss/German Renaissance cookery book (ms38990), and our first attempt at a recipe. Maia Sheridan was this week’s chef. […]

Postscript: Thom Jones

Thom Jones, who died this past Friday, at the age of seventy-one, was a unique writer. Each story that he wrote thrummed with his distinctive, idiosyncratic voice. The subjects—boxing, crime, the Vietnam War—may have been “gritty,” but the experience of reading his work is unfailingly buoyant, uplifting. Show More Summary

A Daughter of Bangladeshi Revolutionaries Makes Sense of Life After War

On a Friday evening in July of this year, a group of Bangladeshi terrorists stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery, an upscale café in the country’s capital, Dhaka, killing twenty-two people, most of them foreigners. The incident was the latest...Show More Summary

Your Hateful Little Trump

The most effective way to speak out against Donald Trump (and what he represents) may be to not speak at all. The candidate’s own words make the best case against him; a would-be prosecutor has only to point to the… Continue reading...

Sara Talpos: “Science Writing as a Literary Art: What Are the Challenges?”

This year’s May 30 issue of The New Yorker presents a letter from reader Florian Maderspacher, addressing “Same but Different,” an article by physician, scientist, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee. Mukherjee’s article suggests that recent research into gene regulation… Continue reading ?

Global Book Review symposium

Tomorrow, 21 October, they're having a symposium on The Global Book Review at the Italian Academy at Columbia University in New York, from 14:00 to 17:30. James Wood will give the keynote, while a panel that includes The New York Times...Show More Summary

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