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Simin Behbahani (1927-2014)

I last mentioned leading Iranian poet Simin Behbahani less than a year ago, on the occasion of her being awarded the Janus Pannonius Poetry Prize. Now she has passed away -- see, for eample, the IBNA report Some of her work has beenShow More Summary

(African) literary prize debate

In The Herald (Zimbabwe) Beaven Tapureta takes on the Caine Prize -- the leading (no doubt about that, for the time being) African short-story prize -- and literary prizes as a way of fostering (African) literature, asking What is an...Show More Summary

The Atlantic on Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

This is the first review I’ve read of the new Murakami book. My feeling is that Nathaniel Rich, representing The Atlantic’s point of view, could have done a lot better. Essentially, it reads to me like a bunch of clichés about Murakami’s...Show More Summary

Bae Suah on Sebald

Bae Suah is one of the more astonishing authors I’ve discovered lately. So when I saw that an essays of hers on Sebald had been translated, I wanted to read it. It was After Nature that got me hooked on Sebald. I opened the wings ofShow More Summary

The Old School QC

Thanks to Michael Orthofer for this blast from the past. In his look back through the days of yore for various literary websites, it’s nice of Michael to include The Quarterly Conversation among the sites that have “moved up in the world.”...Show More Summary

Wallace Marginalia

The writing on this is horrifyingly bad, but there is some interesting information here about the things David Foster Wallace wrote in books he read.

African Poetry Book Fund

At Sampsonia Way Annie Piotrowski has a Q & A with Kwame Dawes and the African Poetry Book Fund. He says We want to see more African poets in print And, well, who doesn't ? This, and their efforts to bring libraries to Africa -- five...Show More Summary

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Murakami Haruki's Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, now also out in English. Lots of reviews out already, lots of links. And one of those books that you could easily find fault with -- all over the place --, but which I nevertheless found a very enjoyable read.

Blasts from the Internet past

So in posting a review of a new Murakami Haruki book -- Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage -- I also went back and cleaned up/updated the links on all the other Murakami-review pages at the site: there are reviews of eleven other Murakami-titles, as well as of two books about him, and an author page. I've... Show More Summary

Louise Erdrich to get Dayton prize

The Dayton Literary Peace Prizes "is the first and only annual U.S. literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace"; they also award an annual Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award...Show More Summary

Literature in(/from) ... Jamaica

I think the Caribbean is probably the single most under-represented area at both the complete review and the Literary Saloon -- with Cuba probably the most-discussed/-reviewed country -- so it's good to find some coverage about, forShow More Summary

The Children Act review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Ian McEwan's new novel, The Children Act. It did not make this year's Man Booker longlist-cut (though, with McEwan a former winner, it presumably had a free pass to consideration...Show More Summary

Links & Reviews

- Ten years after fire destroyed the Duchess Anna Amalia Library in Weimar, Germany, the library's copy of Copernicus' De revolutionibus, thought destroyed, has been found amongst the many books still being restored, a process whichShow More Summary

Philosophy Weekend: Occam's Razor

A few days ago, an African-American teenager was killed by a policeman for no apparent reason in a town called Ferguson on the outer edge of St. Louis, Missouri. As outraged citizens began protesting in the streets, the police made a...Show More Summary

Kertész to be honored in Hungary

20 August is, of course, Szent István ünnepe in Hungary -- St. Stephen's Day, the big national holiday -- and among the honors the state hands out none is higher than the (revived) Magyar Szent István Rend -- the Hungarian Order of St. Show More Summary

Ivan Vladislavi? profile

Via I'm pointed to Greg Penfold's profile of The most famous unknown, Ivan Vladislavi? (author of Double Negative, etc.), in Leadership -- worth a look.

Digitizing, at Harvard

At Harvard Magazine they have two articles about digitizing efforts at university-affiliated institutions: Francesca Annicchiarico writes about Tibetan Literature, Digitized, as: "Harvard Library has begun to upload onto its digitalShow More Summary

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