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Latin American highlights - 2017

In El País they recommend 20 libros latinoamericanos de 2017. These aren't available in English yet, but some will surely be (fingers crossed for Tráiganme la cabeza de Quentin Tarantino ?) and while the final volume of Ricardo Piglia's Los diarios de Emilio Renzi isn't available yet, the first is, from Restless Books (and my review should be up... Show More Summary

T Singer review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Dag Solstad's T Singer. This 1999 novel is only coming out in May, in both the US and UK, but, yeah, no way I as going to be able to hold myself back. (And my review of the other Solstad being published in May, Armand V., was posted in... Show More Summary

McCrum's 'Best nonfiction'

At The Observer (at The Guardian site...) Robert McCrum now offers: The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: the full list -- according to him. Aside from the fact that it's just a McCrummy list -- i.e. personal -- it's a bit misleadingly titled and presented: It's more of a not-fictional (i.e. Show More Summary

'Best Books in Chinese'

At Paper Republic David Haysom has collected 2017: Best Books in Chinese --mostly Chinese titles, or books in Chinese translation. Interesting both for the Chinese titles that haven't yet been translated -- as well as the foreign titles available in Chinese (Krasznahorkai ! James Wood ?).

Open Letters Monthly Review

For the first time in, apparently, almost a decade, there's no new issue of the Open Letters Monthly to start the month with; instead, there's now a presumably more loosely scheduled Open Letters Review Not quite sure how this will work,...Show More Summary

2018

Another year down: 203 reviews (more statistics and numbers coming in a day or two) and yet another year of 365 days of posting at this Literary Saloon (there will, there must come a point when I skip a day or two, but it's been a while....). As...Show More Summary

Links & Reviews

I hope you've all had a delightful holiday season, and here comes 2018, ready or not.- A bit more on the Philips Library from the Salem News, and the petition mentioned in my last post continues to garner signatures, with 2,988 as of...Show More Summary

Year-End Reading Report 2017

I think it's somewhat fair to say that 2017 will be another year I won't be sad to see the back of, but I have high hopes for 2018.I read 174 books this year, and here are my favorites (excluding re-reads). I went with ten each this year, for no real reason at all other than I wanted to. Show More Summary

Bestselling in 2017, in the UK

The Guardian has (slightly prematurely...) the chart of the 100 bestselling titles in the UK in 2017 -- with, usefully, the actual number of copies sold for each title. A Jamie Oliver leads the way, quite handily, with 716,071 copies...Show More Summary

In Black and White review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Tanizaki Jun'ichir?'s long overlooked 1928 novel, In Black and White, just (about) out in English from Columbia University Press. Published serially, this had a lot of potential; a shame he didn't tidy (and finish...) it up a bit more neatly.

UK independent publisher favourites

In The Guardian Eloise Millar collects Best books of 2017: indie publishers on their favourite books of the year -- the titles that made their year, that deserved to do better, and that they wish they'd published.

Jalal Al-e Ahmad Literary Awards fiction finalists

They've announced the five finalists in the fiction category of the Jalal Al-e Ahmad Literary Awards, one of the leading Iranian literary prizes; see, for example, the Tehran Times report, Five novels competing in Jalal Literary Awards,...Show More Summary

Céline pamphlets

Louis-Ferdinand Céline's notorious anti-Semitic pamphlets have been available on the internet, and Canadian publisher éditions 8 came out with a collected volume, Écrits polémiques, a couple of years ago (see their publicity page), but...Show More Summary

Land of Doubt by Sam Baker

Sam Baker's music is relatively new to me, and it has become an obsession. I first heard of him when I heard part of his Fresh Air interview with Terry Gross in 2014 while driving somewhere, and I was captivated, but for one reason or another, I didn't remember to seek out any of his albums. Show More Summary

dtv cover man

German publisher dtv -- 'Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag' ('German paperback editions') -- used to be a paperback imprint that solely published paperback editions of books published in hardcover by some of the leading German houses -- and...Show More Summary

Translations from ... Oriya

In the Orissa Post Ramesh Patnaik reports on Translations lifeline of literature: Gayatri -- noting: Why doesn't Oriya literature get critical appreciation at the national level ? The answer is simple. Although, several regional language...Show More Summary

The Ghost Writer review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Philip Roth's The Ghost Writer, the first of the Nathan Zuckerman-novels. Digging through the old reviews, the most entertaining I came across was Bernard Levin's in the Sunday Times -- which includes the summing-up:

The 120 Days of Sodom recognized as French 'national treasure'

I missed the news last week. but the Marquis de Sade's The 120 Days of Sodom has now been recognized -- by the French Ministry of Culture -- as a 'national treasure' (or, more, prosaically, the original manuscript (the infamous longShow More Summary

BRICS Literature Forum

Apparently they recently held a 'BRICS Literature Forum', with Mo Yan (Sandalwood Death, etc.), Niq Mhlongo (After Tears, etc.), and Han Shaogong (A Dictionary of Maqiao, etc.) among those participating. I haven't found much information...Show More Summary

Ms Ice Sandwich review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Kawakami Mieko's Ms Ice Sandwich. Kawakami is definitely an author to look out for -- and has been getting great press coverage already as such: the Literary Hub had Haruki...Show More Summary

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