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November 1918 (I) review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of the first of the four parts of Alfred Döblin trilogy of the (well, 'a', as he called it...) German Revolution, November 1918, Bürger und Soldaten 1918 -- the part John E. Show More Summary

Europese Literatuurprijs longlist

The Dutch Europese Literatuurprijs is awarded for the best (European) book in Dutch translation, and they've just announced their (twenty-title) 2018 longlist. It is limited to European authors, but still interesting to see the variety,...Show More Summary

Science fiction in ... Bangladesh

In the Dhaka Tribune Afrose Jahan Chaity reports Ekushey Book Fair: Science-fiction books see the largest sales. A new title by Muhammed Zafar Iqbal was apparently all the rage: Titled "Tratina" [????????], the book has seen the highest number of sales in the book fair until now. Show More Summary

IPAF shortlist

They've announced the six-title strong shortlist for this year's International Prize for Arabic Fiction. It includes works by Ibrahim Nasrallah and Amir Tag Elsir -- as well as one that's been translated and is due out in English shortly,...Show More Summary

LA Times Book Prize finalists

They've announced the finalists for this year's LA Times Book Prizes -- awarded in ten categories. Neat to see Vivek Shanbhag's Ghachar Ghochar -- a book in translation, and a paperback original at that -- as one of five fiction finalists. (That is the only one of the finalists under review at the complete review.)

Israeli fiction in ... Israel

In the Forward Aviya Kushner wonders Do Israeli Writers Still Care About Israeli Literature ? Apparently: "Israeli readers are reading less Israeli literature in favor of work in translation" -- and: in Israel, in literary circles, there...Show More Summary

A Girl in Exile review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Ismail Kadare's A Girl in Exile: Requiem For Linda B.. This came out in 2016 in the UK, but it's taken until now for a US edition to come out (from Counterpoint).

PEN America Literary Awards

They've announced the winners of this year's PEN America Literary Awards, with Len Rix's translation of Katalin Street by Szabó Magda winning the translation prize; see also the New York Review Books publicity page, or get your copyShow More Summary

Frankfurt Book Fair 'Guests of Honour'

More 'Guests of Honour' ! They've announced that Slovenia to be Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2022 -- just a few weeks after they announced that Italy to be Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2023. Tiding you...Show More Summary

The last 100 reviews

Yes, I'm up to 4100 books under review at the complete review, so it's time for another overview of the past 100 reviewed titles. - The last 100 reviews were posted over a zippy 163 days (previous hundred: alomst a month longer, at 188...Show More Summary

Republic of Consciousness Prize shortlist

The shortlist for the Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small (UK and Irish) Presses has been announced. This looks like a pretty interesting list -- but I haven't seen any of these. The winner will be announced next month.

Fariba Vafi Q & A

At Sabine Oelze has a Q & A with Author Fariba Vafi: Writers struggle for influence in Iran. Her My Bird has been translated into English, and see information about two other titles at Gazelle International.

Cruel is the Night review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Karo Hämäläinen's thriller, Cruel is the Night, which Soho Press brought out last year (and is due out in paperback soon).

JQ Wingate Prize

They've announced that The Mighty Franks by Michael Frank has won the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize, "awarded to the best book -- fiction or non-fiction -- to translate the idea of Jewishness to the general reader"; see, for example,...Show More Summary

Gender in English-Language Fiction

An interesting study in the Journal of Cultural Analytics, where Ted Underwood, David Bamman, and Sabrina Lee data-crunch (a lot of books) in examining The Transformation of Gender in English-Language Fiction. Not only do they find a...Show More Summary

The Life and Opinions of Zacharias Lichter review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Matei Calinescu's The Life and Opinions of Zacharias Lichter, a 1969 Romanian novel only now forthcoming in English, from New York Review Books. Despite the fact that C?linescu...Show More Summary

PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants

They've announced the recipients of the 2018 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants -- and the winner of the PEN Grant for the English Translation of Italian Literature, for good measure. Thirteen project were selected for translation fund...Show More Summary

2023 review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of 2023: A Trilogy, by The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu (i.e. its "current representatives [...] Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond"). Several Drummond/KLF and related titles are...Show More Summary

Ahmet Altan conviction

Turkish author (Endgame) and journalist Ahmet Altan, his brother Mehmet, and Nazl? Il?cak were among six people sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday in the continuing Turkish government crackdown on dissent in all its forms; see,...Show More Summary

Global Humanities Translation Prize

Northwestern University's Global Humanities Initiative recently launched a Global Humanities Translation Prize, awarded: "for an in-progress translation of a non-Western or otherwise marginal literary or scholarly text". The winnersShow More Summary

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