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Anna Zieli?ska-Elliott on Murakami

I mentioned this fascinating Christian Science Monitor profile of Murkami Haruki's Polish translator Anna Zieli?ska-Elliott, Meet the woman who brings Haruki Murakami works to an enthusiastic Poland, when it came out -- and now she's...Show More Summary

Science fiction in ... India

Via I'm pointed to Tej Haldule's GQ (India) piece on The Meteoric rise of Indian sci-fi. The only one of these titles under review (I think) at the complete review is Samit Basu's Turbulence -- though there are certainly a few more I'd love to see.

Bookselling in ... Bengaluru

At Scroll.in Satyavrat KK reports that 'It's not just Church Street': In Bengaluru, these three Kannada bookshops have their own identities. Sounds good.

Q & A: Donald Rayfield

At Georgia Today there's a Q & A with Donald Rayfield on Researching Georgia, Literature & Politics. Fascinating stuff -- especially about Georgia, which is... not well covered. The press he runs is Garnett Press, and one of the Otar...Show More Summary

Q & A: David Shulman

In Frontline A.S.Panneerselvan has a Q & A with Indian language and literature scholar (and MacArthur Fellow) David Shulman -- who notes: The truth is that you need to learn Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Sanskrit at a minimum,...Show More Summary

'World literature'

At Aeon Martin Puchner writes about: 'How markets, Marx, and provincial elites created world literature to fight both empire and nationalism', in Readers of the world unite, a useful introductory overview.

New issue of the Swedish Book Review

The 2017:2 issue of the Swedish Book Review is now available, with much of the content freely accessible online. The reviews are the most useful, of course, but see also Sara Stridsberg's Inaugural Address to the Swedish Academy (warning ! dreaded pdf format !), delivered on the occasion of her installation to the august body (Stol nr 13).

The Greek Classics review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Aldus Manutius' prefaces to The Greek Classics, one of two volumes of his prefaces in Harvard University Press' I Tatti Renaissance Library-series.

Promoting books with booze

Alcohol and literature -- well, alcohol goes with most human activity, and if it can loosen up potential purchasers (or even readers...), why not ? When it comes to fiction in translation, in particular, a bit of additional lubrication certainly can't hurt..... So apparently the thinking at Latvian Literature, where they're offering... Show More Summary

Aberrant review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Marek Šindelka's unusual Aberrant, recently out in English from Twisted Spoon Press.

Royal Society Science Book Prize

They've announced the winner of this year's Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize (while managing to avoid actually mentioning the winning title in the headline...), and it's Testosterone Rex, by Cordelia Fine. In the UK...Show More Summary

Swiss Book Prize finalists

They've announced the five finalists for this year's Schweizer Buchpreis, selected from seventy-eight (unfortunately -- but predictably -- not revealed...) submissions. (A reminder also that this is, in fact, the German-language Swiss Book Prize, limited as it is.....) The winner will be announced 12 November.

FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award shortlist

They've announced the six-title-strong shortlist for this year's the FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. The winner will be announced 6 November.

An Immigrant Who Crossed the Border as a Child Retraces His Journey, in Poems

Jonathan Blitzer on the poet Javier Zamora, who recently released his first full-length book, “Unaccompanied,” about his journey to the U.S. from El Salvador.

Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist

The Canadian Scotiabank Giller Prize has announced its 2017 longlist -- twelve titles selected from 112 (unfortunately not revealed...) submitted title. Rachel Cusk's Transit has probably gotten the most attention outside Canada, but some other interesting-sounding titles here too. The shortlist will be announced shortly -- 2 October.

Graywolf Press Africa Prize

This is pretty neat: Graywolf has announced a Graywolf Press Africa Prize, "to be awarded for a first novel manuscript by an African author primarily residing in Africa". Yes, it's a bit odd that such a prize is being offered in/from... Show More Summary

State of the German Novel ?

In The Skinny Annie Rutherford profiles Clemens Meyer & Jenny Erpenbeck on the German Novel, focusing on their two most recent novels. Apparently: The German novels to be excited about right now have no comedy moustaches and no young...Show More Summary

Return to the Dark Valley review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Santiago Gamboa's new novel, Return to the Dark Valley, just out in English from Europa Editions.

Quarterly Conversation Issue 49

We’ve just published Issue 49 of The Quarterly Conversation. Here are the contents: Features Louche Life: The Literary Crimes of Gary Indiana By Andrew Marzoni As the 24-hour news cycle exceeded Hollywood in narrative originality, the Menendez brothers became TV stars, O.J. got away with it, and California elected Arnold Schwarzenegger as its 38th governor Continue Reading

Maths Week Scotland: Update

Maths Week Scotland included lots of activity in St Andrews. The Library’s Special Collections Division was really pleased to be able to take Maths treasures out into the School of Maths […]

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