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'Most Iconic Books Set in 150 Countries'

This has been making the rounds in recent days, and the 'infographic' at Global English Editing, The Most Iconic Books Set in 150 Countries Around the World, is closer to hit than miss than most of these kinds of exercises. 'Set in'Show More Summary

Zubaan Books profile

They recently announced that this year's Goethe Medals would go to Emily Nasrallah, Irina Shcherbakova, and Zubaan-publisher Urvashi Butalia. At Urvashi Bahuguna has a Q & A with the publisher, in which she explains What winning...Show More Summary

Children's literature in ... Tamil

In The Hindu Suganthy Krishnamachari wonders Whither children's literature in Tamil ? -- as apparently the 'dull present' can't compare with a 'happy past'.....

Asl? Erdo?an Q & A

At Deutsche Welle Ceyda Nurtsch has a Q & A with one of the many writers jailed in the recent government crackdown, The City in Crimson Cloak-author Asl? Erdo?an. Now free, she notes: "my soul is still in prison".

Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

As every literary prize should -- so that you know what titles are actually being considered/in the running, the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation admirably lists all the entries for each year's prize -- so also...Show More Summary

The Adventures of John Blake review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Philip Pullman's first foray into 'graphic' (novel) fiction, with illustrator Fred Fordham, The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship. This was reviewed -- enthusiastically -- in The New York Times Book Review and even the Times Literary Supplement. I was less impressed.....

Japanese literary prizes

They've handed out the Akutagawa and Naoki prizes again, as they do every six months, and, as Daisuke Kikuchi reports in The Japan Times, First-time writer awarded prestigious Akutagawa Prize. That's Numata Shinsuke [????], who won the...Show More Summary

Remains of Life review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Taiwanese author Wu He's Remains of Life, recently out in English from Columbia University Press. It's a significant text; as translator Michael Berry notes in his Introduction: "Upon its publication in Taiwan, the novel won virtually every major national literary award".

New Asymptote

The July issue of Asymptote is now available online and, as usual, there's a lot here to keep you busy for the next few days -- "never-before-published writing from 27 countries and 21 languages in one issue". Impressive, top (Karin Boye !) to bottom -- definitely recommended.

Man Booker International Prize judging panel

Yes, Judges announced for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize, with Lisa Appignanesi chairing, and Michael Hofmann, Hari Kunzru, Tim Martin, and Helen Oyeyemi making up the rest of the judging panel. The longlist will be announced in March 2018, the shortlist in April, the winner in May. (That's as specific as they've gotten so far.)

Online reading in ... China

Forbes takes a look at the Chinese online-writing phenomenon -- big business, as I've noted --, with Jinshan Hong finding that: China's Online Reading Craze Is So Big It's Challenging Amazon's Kindle. As one reader explains: When reading...Show More Summary

HBKU Press profile

What started in 2010 as the Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation is now HBKU Press, and in The Peninsula they have a brief profile, describing how HBKU Press translation works reach wider circles (with as much focus on the translations into as out of Arabic).

Anne Golon (1921-2017)

Anne Golon, the French author of the immensely popular Angélique-series -- reportedly selling over 150 million copies worldwide -- has passed away; see, for example, the report in Le Figaro. The series never seemed to achieve quite the...Show More Summary

Spring Garden review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Shibasaki Tomoka's 2014 Akutagawa Prize-winning novel, Spring Garden, out in the UK from Pushkin Press and due out in the US in November.

Ranking Austens

In The Guardian they get quite a selection of authors -- including Margaret Drabble, Hilary Mantel, Ian McEwan, and Joyce Carol Oates -- to opine on Which is the greatest Jane Austen novel ? Conveniently, there's no consensus.....

Like a Fading Shadow review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Antonio Muñoz Molina's Like a Fading Shadow, coming out this week in the US from Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and later this year in the UK. This is yet another work of fiction...Show More Summary

Hawthornden prize

They've announced that this year's winner of the Hawthornden prize is Mothering Sunday, by Graham Swift. The Hawthornden prize is among England's oldest, and has an impressive list of very varied winning titles -- among those under review...Show More Summary

Handke drawings

Like many writers, Peter Handke also has an illustrative itch, and there's an exhibit of his collected drawings, 2007-2017, on now in Berlin, at the Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese -- with images available on that page.

China's 'most valuable literature IPs'

The Hurun Report has released their list of Mopian Hurun Most Valuable Creative Works IP 2017, "ranking the 'Harry Potters' of China, the 100 creative works with the most valuable franchises"; see also the fuller Chinese press release. Summing...Show More Summary

Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award

The Dayton Literary Peace Prizes are a book award that honors books that: "that have led readers to a better understanding of other cultures, peoples, religions, and political points of view", and aside from honoring a work of fiction and one of non each year, they also award a 'Richard C. Show More Summary

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