At hlo they have a (far-too-small) sampling of recent Hungarian books (recent in Hungary that is -- and not close to English translation, sigh) from prominent (in Hungary...) authors. Esterházy Péter registers even in the US/UK (TheShow More Summary
The New York Times Book Review's 'By the Book' Q & A this weekend features A.B.Yehoshua, who proves himself to be almost comically conservative in his reading habits -- there's nary a present-day author in sight here, at least until the very end, when he -- warily ? -- claims his next bookstore purchase will be... Show More Summary
I recently reviewed David Foenkinos' mega-bestselling 2014 prix Renaudot-winning novel about artist Charlotte Salomon, Charlotte, and now they've announced that Bibo Bergeron Set to Direct 'Charlotte Salomon' Animated Biopic, based on...Show More Summary
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Belarusian author Vasil Bykau's Alpine Ballad, in a new (and uncensored) translation, just out from Glagoslav.
I'm thrilled that my A Cappella Zoo story "Killing Fairies" has just been reprinted in Best Gay Stories 2016 edited by Steve Berman for Lethe Press.The table of contents for Best Gay Stories this year is quite strong, and it's an honor to be among this company. Show More Summary
Like all great writers, A.M. O’Malley’s work defies easy categorization. She’s a poet who often writes prose; a memoirist who writes such evocative, lyrical passages that they can only be called poetry. Although widely known and respected in her home… Continue reading ?
The medieval poem “Pearl” was written by someone whose identity we do not know and is set mostly within a dream. Neither of these facts is unusual in medieval poetry. Authorship is often unclear for works from that period, and dreams...Show More Summary
In mid-May we held our final Show and Tell of the semester, following on from our previous event about treasures discovered by the Lighting the Past team. The event […]
The Princess of Asturias Awards used to be the Prince of Asturias Awards, until they promoted the guy to 'king of Spain' and had to hand them off to the princess; they are awarded in a variety of categories, including 'Sports' and 'International...Show More Summary
The FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards are a bit odd -- they're: "open to passport holders of emerging nations in three categories", but only certain regions for each category, e.g. only Latin American and Caribbean artists in...Show More Summary
American YA author Lois Duncan has passed away; see for example the rap sheet mention. Not much YA under review at the complete review, but two Duncan titles are: Killing Mr. Griffin and I Know What You Did Last Summer (both of which were also made into films).
Issue 44 - Summer 2016 of the Quarterly Conversation is now available online, with the usual interesting mix of titles covered -- check it out !
Translator Gregory Rabassa -- best-known as the translator of the Gabriel García Márquez classic, One Hundred Years of Solitude -- has passed away; see, for example, Matt Schudel's obituary in The Washington Post -- or Thomas Hoeksema's...Show More Summary
I’ve recently finished Mark McGurl’s The Program Era, which I’m sure some of you will recall as having made a splash a few years ago. The book has such a commonsensical (bordering on obvious) thesis that it’s one of those things you’re amazed no one has ever tried to write before: quite simply, McGurl tries Continue Reading
It began, as adventures often do, with a trip: a family holiday in Norway, parents and their teen-agers, that seemed entirely straightforward at the time. “My imagination was really going for it on that trip—the landscape of the place stuck with me,” Luke Pearson, the British author of the Hildafolk series of graphic novels, told me. Show More Summary
by Karen Malpede I sit in the back of the theater; that way I can watch the audience watching the play I have written and directed. I can monitor their restless movements, observe if anyone drops off to sleep,… Continue reading ?
The Internationaler Literaturpreis - Haus der Kulturen der Welt is a leading German prize for a book-in-translation, with the winning author receiving €20,000 and the translator €15,000 (not quite Man Booker International Prize money,...Show More Summary
The Premio Gregor von Rezzori - Città di Firenze "is awarded is [sic] for the best work of foreign fiction published in Italy within the last year", and they've announced that Blinding, by Mircea C?rt?rescu, has taken this year's prize,...Show More Summary
They've announced that the Harry Ransom Center Acquires Archive of Indian Author Raja Rao -- though the 'acquisition' was a cheap one: apparently the archive was donated by the estate. (Given what some writer's archives have gone for,...Show More Summary
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Thomas Glavinic's Lisa. This has not been translated into English, but you can probably do without it..... But I'm trying to catch up on my Glavinic-coverage and have had this one lying around for a while, so.....