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Angelus Award semi-finalists

They've announced the 14 semi-finalists (selected out of: "70 good applications" -- admirably also all revealed and listed) for the Polish Angelus Central European Literature Award, which is awarded to a book published in Polish (original...Show More Summary

Johanne, Johanne review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Lars Sidenius' Johanne, Johanne, a text-message novel just out in English from Dalkey Archive Press.

Fourteen years of the Literary Saloon

The complete review was started in 1999, and this Literary Saloon weblog added just over three years later; today marks the fourteenth anniversary of the first post. Fourteen years ! Anyway, many thanks to the longtime (and new) readers...Show More Summary

Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize entries

The Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation is a prize: made to the translator(s) of a published translation in English of a full-length imaginative and creative Arabic work of literary merit published after, or during,...Show More Summary

A Quiet Place review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Matsumoto Seich?'s A Quiet Place, recently published in English by Bitter Lemon Press. It's been a while since any Matsumoto has been translated into English (though several...Show More Summary

American Playwrights Try to Reinvent the History Play

When Bill Rauch applied to become the artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, in 2007, he pitched an ambitious ten-year project: the festival would commission thirty-seven new plays about moments of change in American history, on the model of Shakespeare’s thirty-seven-play canon. Show More Summary

Brod estate/Kafka papers decision

A story that has dragged on for years, and which I've mentioned numerous times, has reached a final resolution, as the Israeli Supreme Court has ruled [sorry, judgment currently only available in Hebrew -- but they're pretty good about...Show More Summary

FT/Oppenheimer Funds Emerging Voices shortlists

The bizarre FT/Oppenheimer Funds Emerging Voices Awards -- note that the categories are geographically limited: artists had to be 'a national or passport holder of one of the eligible Africa and the Middle East countries'; fiction authors had to have their work available in English and be from: 'one of the eligible Asia-Pacific countries', etc. Show More Summary

Kafka’s Fourth Novel and Other Lost Treasures

There was some major news today when Israel’s high court ruled that a cache of Kafka’s writings was to be made public for the first time in history. Israel’s supreme court has ruled that Franz Kafka’s manuscripts are the property of the National Library of Israel, ending a lengthy legal battle, judicial sources said in Continue Reading

Finally, a New Harry Potter Story Worth Reading

Of the various devices common to fantasy series, the one that most quickly binds a reader to a story is the sorting of characters into a handful of neatly defined groups. Lev Grossman’s “The Magicians” trilogy divides the students at...Show More Summary

Scotland and the Flemish People

We recently put on a display for the ‘Scotland and the Flemish People’ conference, which focussed on the relationship between Scotland and Flanders, primarily in the medieval era. We were […]

(American) National Translation Award longlists

The American Literary Translators Association has announced the longlists for this year's (American) National Translation Awards. One of the poetry titles is under review at the complete review -- Frédéric Forte's Minute-Operas -- and...Show More Summary

Little Jewel review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano's Little Jewel. Australian publisher Text brought this out last year, and now the US edition is forthcoming from Yale University Press. Noteworthy,...Show More Summary

Links & Reviews

- The August Rare Book Monthly is up: it includes a piece by Bruce McKinney asking several booksellers to answer the question "Looking back five and ahead five years, where have you come from, where are you now, and where will you be?"...Show More Summary

Authors on the Olympics

A nice feature at the Literary Hub, where they have 20 Writers From Around the World on the Olympics. Greatly varying levels of sports-enthusiasm and awareness/knowledge, but still quite interesting.

I'll Sell You a Dog review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Juan Pablo Villalobos' I'll Sell You a Dog, just (about) out from And Other Stories.

Jan Michalski Prize shortlist

They've announced -- very quietly, as is their wont (god forbid anyone should notice !) -- the 'Second selection of the Jury' for this year's Jan Michalski Prize for Literature (where they also list the first selection -- which is the...Show More Summary

Writing in ... Cambodia

In the Financial Times Harriet Fitch Little reports that Cambodia authors forge Khmer language literary revival. Among the interesting information: "Cambodian writing has a lot of Pali and Sanskrit aesthetic influence," she says. Traditionally...Show More Summary

Ghost Stories, Systems

Between sad, hateful blats from Trump’s trumpet and the usual political dogwhistles, came the (largely unheard in national mainstream media) dirges for three (more) Black women killed, in the words of Dr. Brittney Cooper, by “acts of state-sanctioned and intimate partner… Continue reading ?

Living the Dream, Taking the Pen

A friend left me a voicemail the other day. Right before she hung up, she added, out of nowhere: “I’m so happy you get to live your dream and be a writer.” Expressing such a sentiment isn’t out of character… Continue reading ?

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