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Special Collections Visiting Scholars – Lang and the Works of Tolkien

Sharin Schroeder spent two weeks in our reading room in July as part of the 2014 Visiting Scholarship Programme. In this fascinating blog post, she explains how studying our Andrew Lang collection […]

The other Min kamp

I'm looking forward to the day when a mention of the title is naturally assumed to refer to the Knausgaard-book(s), but for now the original Mein Kampf remains the contentious work of reference -- all the more so this year, at leastShow More Summary

??????? ????? finalists

One more among the literary laureates and finalists announced last week: they've announced the shortlist for the Russian 'Booker' prize. Lizok's Bookshelf has an English overview -- and, yet again, I note that that Sharov is something I really want to see.....


In The Korea Herald Ahn Sung-mi reports that Young writers debut on global literary scene, as the latest series of bilingual stories published by ASIA Publishers presents five books by younger South Korean writers (including one by Park...Show More Summary

Zombies and Calculus review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Colin Adams' Zombies and Calculus. Not exactly my usual fare, but I have a soft spot (one of many...) for mathematical fiction, and this novel was brought out by Princeton University Press, of all places, so even/despite with zombies: pretty hard to resist.

Links & Reviews

- Emory University has acquired an important archive of Flanner O'Connor materials.- A number of early Buddhist manuscripts, some dating to the sixth century, have reportedly been destroyed in floods in India.- Sarah Werner writes on the Collation blog about the question of capturing bookseller and librarian notes in catalog records. Show More Summary

Online Book Discussion of Ann Patchett’s STATE OF WONDER: Week Two

This week, our discussion of State of Wonder  moves to the second section of the novel, in which Marina arrives in Manaus and begins her search for Dr. Swenson, unsure how long she is fated to stay in the strange city.… Continue reading ?

Bookselling in ... Saudi Arabia

Via I'm pointed to Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr.'s Arab News report, Bookstores urged to rethink strategies, as the number of bookstores selling secondhand books in the Saudi capital is apparently declining -- indeed: "bookstores for secondhand...Show More Summary

New Swedish Book Review

The 2014:2 Issue of the Swedish Book Review is now (partially) available online. Not the book reviews, alas, but Karin Boye's Linköping Cathedral February 1938, introduced and translated by Bruce Phenix, so that's something.....

Last Winter, We Parted review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Nakamura Fuminori's Last Winter, We Parted. This is the third Nakamura thriller translated into English (by Soho Press), and it seems clear to me that he's the most interesting...Show More Summary

Translation (not) in the US

At The New Yorker Vauhini Vara wonders Do You Have to Win a Nobel Prize to Be Translated ? While the situation isn't quite so dire, big prize-wins tend to help a lot -- but perhaps only for so long: Modiano (and Le Clézio) publisherShow More Summary

'100 best Christian books' ?

The (Anglican) Church Times has put together a list of the 100 best Christian books; at the TLS weblog one of the judges, Rupert Shortt, comments on the making of this list, in 100 good godly reads. While there is some religious fare...Show More Summary

Nigeria Prize for Literature

The Nigeria Prize for Literature rotates through four genres -- this was a year for drama -- so my interest rather ebbs between the fiction-announcements; still, worth noting -- even as they don't seem to have yet at the official site...Show More Summary

Rosamund Bartlett Q & A

Two new translations of Anna Karenina are coming out this fall, by Rosamund Bartlett and Marian Schwartz, respectively -- see my previous mention -- and at Russia Beyond the Headlines Alexandra Guzeva now has a Q & A with Bartlett. See also the Oxford University Press publicity page for her translation, or get your copy at or

Lila by Marilynne Robinson

My review of Lila by Marilynne Robinson runs this weekend at the San Francisco Chronicle. The genteel genre of the newspaper review doesn’t really permit me to say these sorts of things, so this is one of the things that a blog is for: READ MARILYNNE ROBINSON!!!!! Really. Show More Summary

Patrick Modiano, Nobel laureate (cont'd)

So Patrick Modiano is the 2014 Nobel laureate -- and those official pages are a good source for much of the basic information about him and the prize. See also yesterday's post for early reactions, information, and links to (English)...Show More Summary

Jay Rubin Q&A

At the Asymptote weblog Ryan Mihaly is In Conversation with Jay Rubin -- the author of Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words, and translator of several Murakami novels. Interesting that he suggests: In general, I suspect translation...Show More Summary

The Giraffe's Neck review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Judith Schalansky's Darwinian novel, The Giraffe's Neck -- subtitled a Bildungsroman in the German original (though not in the English, in part presumably because the play...Show More Summary

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