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Sapir Prize

They've announced that ??? ???? ????? ('Widely Open Underneath'), by Esther Peled (???? ???), has won the Sapir Prize, a leading Israeli fiction prize. Not yet at the official site, last I checked, but see, for example, Gili Izikovich's Haaretz report, Esther Peled Wins Sapir Prize for Literature for Book of Short Stories. See also the Babel publicity page for the book.

NBCC Awards finalists

They've announced the finalists for the (American) National Book Critics Circle Awards -- thirty finalists in six categories. No, none of them are under review at the complete review -- though I am planning on getting to The Invention of Angela Carter, at the very least. The Winners will be announced on 15 March.

Jhumpa Lahiri Q & A

In The New Yorker Cressida Leyshon has a Q & A with Jhumpa Lahiri on Writing in Italian Aside from writing in Italian -- see her In Other Words -- Lahiri has also been translating (e.g. Domenico Starnone's Ties) -- and, I'm pleased to...Show More Summary

The Twenty Days of Turin review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Giorgio De Maria's The Twenty Days of Turin. Late-1970s Italian rediscoveries seem to be doing well recently: Nicola Pugliese's Malacqua, out recently from And Other Stories, which I should also be getting to, is another; amusingly, the English (re)discovery of this one seems to have also led to its Italian revival.

UW Struggle: When a State Attacks Its University by Chuck Rybak

If I had piles of money sitting around, I would buy tens of thousands of copies of Chuck Rybak's little book UW Struggle and send them to state legislatures, public university boards of trustees, university administrators, students,Show More Summary

Don Hrabal, the opera

Bohumil Hrabal (Vita Nuova, etc.) is among the most revered modern Czech authors, and there have been quite a few fictional tribute-works to the master, such as Esterházy Péter's The Book of Hrabal and Pawe? Huelle's Mercedes-Benz --...Show More Summary

Tutori review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Bora ?osi?'s grand 1978 novel Tutori. This is certainly among the great Yugoslavian novels -- up there with Meša Selimovi?'s Death and the Dervish and Ivo Andri?'s The Bridge...Show More Summary

Links & Reviews

- Over on the Smithsonian's Unbound blog, a really excellent post about the marginalia in a 1491 copy of Pliny's Naturalis Historia.- Police have released some CCTV footage and appealed for information relating to the theft of rare books from a Norfolk bookshop's warehouse on 9 January. Show More Summary

New Asymptote

The January 2018 issue of Asymptote is now up, with the usual good mix of translations, criticism, interviews, and more -- well worth your time.

Prix Anaïs Nin finalists

They've announced the six finalists for the prix Anaïs Nin -- the prize with its eyes towards the winning title getting translated into English (it's specifically: "orienté vers le monde anglo-saxon", sigh); see, for example, the Livres...Show More Summary

Swiss literary prizes

The federal Swiss literary prizes have been announced, with Italian-writing Anna Felder winning the 'Grand Prix Literature' -- the Gran Premio svizzero di letteratura 2018 (though you can read that announcement in all four of the official...Show More Summary

Machine translation studies

So, are the machines taking over ? Will they come to dominate even literary translation ? Antonio Toral and Andy Way considered What Level of Quality can Neural Machine Translation Attain on Literary Text ? (warning ! dreaded pdf format...Show More Summary

Prizes: Naoki and Akutagawa Prizes

They've announced the winners of the latest round of the Naoki and Akutagawa Prizes -- the two best-known Japanese literary prizes. See, for example, the report in The Japan Times, Chisako Wakatake and Yuka Ishii win Akutagawa literary...Show More Summary

Prize: Crossword Book Awards

They've announced the winners of this year's Indian Crossword Book Awards (though not yet at that very disappointing official site, last I checked); see, for example, the Scroll.in report, Josy Joseph, Sujit Saraf and Karan Johar among...Show More Summary

Prize: The Hindu Literary Prize

Last week they announced that Temporary People, by Deepak Unnikrishnan, won The Hindu Literary Prize, another of the major Indian novel prizes; it had previously won the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. See also the Restless Books publicity page, or get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.

The vanishing German book-buyer

At boersenblatt.net they report that the number of book-buyers in Germany has declined alarmingly, in Der Buchmarkt verliert vor allem jüngere Käufer. Between 2012 and 2016 the percentage of Germans who purchased books sunk drastically,...Show More Summary

Bestselling French authors in 2017

Le Figaro's popular annual feature of the bestselling French authors (all their books, not just the latest) in France in the past year is now out for 2017, Les dix romanciers français qui ont vendu le plus de livres en 2017. Guillaume...Show More Summary

'Literary' bestsellers in the UK, 2017

Whatever 'literary' might mean...: the original The Bookseller article is paywalled so the full explanation is inaccessible; Alison Flood's overview in The Guardian, Female writers dominated 2017's literary bestsellers, figures showShow More Summary

International Prize for Arabic Fiction longlist

They've announced the longlist (and the judges, and the dates, for this year's International Prize for Arabic Fiction -- 16 novels, chosen from 124 entries, from 14 countries. If you click on the covers at the bottom of the announcement...Show More Summary

Arno Schmidt at 104

Hey, it's Arno Schmidt's birthday ! He would have been 104 today. Back in 2014 -- the centenary -- I was so disappointed by the lack of interest in all (or any...) things Schmidt that I put out my little Arno Schmidt: a centennial colloquy...Show More Summary

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