The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Catherine Vance Yeh's The Chinese Political Novel: Migration of a World Genre, published in the Harvard East Asian Monograph-series.
Despite being a keen detective fiction fan, until recently I had never read any of the works of Wilkie Collins: Victorian author and early pioneer of mystery and detective fiction. […]
The rains are a constant presence in South India. Sometimes I feel there is no season for them. It can rain anytime. I love watching the rain pouring down, as many of us I suppose, creating muddy little rivulets on the road, and making...Show More Summary
The scene is always the same. My feet are planted far too close to a tower of speakers, my head nodding with near-injurious enjoyment to some now-obscure track selected by the DJ, as he tests how many real hip hop… Continue reading ...
They had the first vote to winnow down the Premio Strega to five finalist (and they will, surely, eventually be posting the results here...). Elena Ferrante's The Story of the Lost Child -- forthcoming from Europa editions; see their...Show More Summary
They've announced the shortlist for the 2015 Europese Literatuurprijs, the Dutch best translated (European) book award, with a good-looking list that includes Rafael Chirbes' On the Shore (due out in English early next year; see also...Show More Summary
They've announced that Leonardo Padura Fuentes will receive this year's (now) Princess of Asturias Award for Literature (it used to be 'prince' but they made that guy king, so now its under the auspices of the 'princess'). They award...Show More Summary
This June, Oxford graduates around the world will be voting, in person and online, for the Oxford Professor of Poetry. It’s a big enough deal that Ladbrokes is charting bets on it. An American poet is up for it,… Continue reading ...
They handed out the French-American Foundation/Florence Gould Foundation Translation Prizes yesterday (at a nice ceremony at the Century Association which I was able to attend -- there was a big translator-turnout, too). A lifetime achievement...Show More Summary
At DeutscheWelle Holger Heimann reports that 'translations of German bestsellers are particularly en vouge' [sic -- but you know what they mean] in Taiwan, in Reading between the lines in Taiwan. Apparently: "Most translations from German...Show More Summary
Hey, it's a small country, so you can't expect too much, literary-scandal-wise -- but this does involve The Ambassadors- and The Pets-author Bragi Ólafsson. He apparently wrote a limited-(to-300-copies-)edition book titled Bögglapóststofan...Show More Summary
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of The Collected Stories by Mikhail Shishkin, Calligraphy Lesson, recently out from Deep Vellum.
My friend and colleague (when I was adjuncting at Plymouth State University) Robin DeRosa has been spending a lot of time recently thinking about and working with "open educational resources" (OER), which Wikipedia (today) defines as...Show More Summary
At Radio Praha Ian Willoughby has a Q & A with David Cooper about the Rukopis královédvorský and the Rukopis zelenohorský -- two medieval Czech texts discovered in the nineteenth century that turned out to be hoaxes. Apparently a medieval...Show More Summary
In Forward Haim Weiss argues Israel Doesn't Have a Monopoly on Great Hebrew Literature -- writing in response to the Sapir Prize for Hebrew Literature changing its rules to now limit the award to (Israeli) resident authors. As he notes: The...Show More Summary
The most recent additions to the complete review are my review of two Enrique Vila-Matas titles that New Directions is publishing... today (with the first coming to the UK in a Harvill Secker edition shortly): His recent dOCUMENTA (13)...Show More Summary
Of all the collections to be catalogued by the Phase 1 team, the Shewan Collection will probably be the only one where every item has passed through my hands as […]
Among Spanish-language novel prizes the premio Internacional de Novela Rómulo Gallegos is hard to top: winning titles include One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, Terra Nostra by Carlos Fuentes, Palinuro of Mexico...Show More Summary
The Times of India has an IANS Q & A with Amitav Ghosh, who has just released the last volume of a trilogy. Among the reveals: "I love appam and idiyappam". But anyone who approves of a dish simply because of the inclusion of poppy seeds easily wins me over..... Disappointing however to learn that: "I am currently writing a non-fiction".
It is unfortunate that, so far as I can tell, Oxford University Press has not yet released an affordable edition of Peter J. Kalliney's Commonwealth of Letters, a fascinating book that is filled with ideas and information and yet also written in an engaging, not especially academic, style. Show More Summary