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Premio Cervantes

The Premio Cervantes is the leading Spanish-language author prize, and they've now announced that Eduardo Mendoza has won this year's prize (which he gets to pick up next April); see also, for example, the DeutscheWelle report. Three Mendoza titles are under review at the complete review : An Englishman in Madrid The Mystery of the Enchanted Crypt No Word From Gurb

Crossword Book Awards

The Crossword Book Awards are among the biggest Indian literary prizes, awarded in a variety of categories, with both a juried selection (four categories, including translation) and a set of 'popular' awards (six categories, including... Show More Summary

Bad Sex in Fiction Award

The Literary Review has announced the winner of this year's 'Bad Sex in Fiction Award' -- and it's Erri De Luca's The Day Before Happiness. Yes, it's long been under review at the complete review ! And I'm pleased to note that I even...Show More Summary

We Three review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Jean Echenoz's 1992 novel, We Three, that's finally coming out in English. Dalkey Archive Press is actually only bringing this out in February -- but it's Echenoz ! and he sends his characters to outer space ! how could I resist jumping on this immediately ?


They've announced the winners of the August Prize, the major Swedish literary prize, with the fiction prize (well, the svenska skönlitterära bok-prize, but you know...) going to De polyglotta älskarna, by Lina Wolff; see also the Bonnier...Show More Summary

Julian Barnes Q & A

At Russia Beyond the Headlines Pavel Basinsky talks to the author coming to the non/fiction book fair in Moscow (full fair name: International Book Fair for High-Quality Fiction and Non-Fiction) in the provocatively titled piece: Julian...Show More Summary

The Absolute Gravedigger review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Vít?zslav Nezval's surrealist collection, The Absolute Gravedigger, out in an (as always) beautiful edition from Twisted Spoon Press.

Reading in ... Viet Nam

At the TLS Giang Nguyen-Thu looks at Popular tastes in Vietnam -- including literary ones. Among her observations, of some twenty years ago: Nguyen Huy Thiep, whose writing provides a poignant account of daily struggles, was the most...Show More Summary

Serhiy Zhadan profile

At The New Yorker's Page-Turner weblog Marci Shore profiles The Bard of Eastern Ukraine, Where Things are Falling Apart -- Voroshilovgrad (etc.) author Serhiy Zhadan.

Turbid Rivers review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Ch'ae Man-Sik's 1930s novel, Turbid Rivers, one from the latest batch -- just out -- of Dalkey Archive Press' Library of Korean Literature titles (and probably one of the...Show More Summary

Gift-giving season - suggestions

We've already reached the height of books-of-the-year-lists season -- put together prematurely, presumably in the hopes and expectation that these are what readers might find useful in making their seasonal gift-giving plans. I'm afraid...Show More Summary

Trysting review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Emmanuelle Pagano's variations on love, Trysting. In the UK this is published by And Other Stories, and in the US by Two Lines Press -- which is like a double seal of approval.

More best books lists

In The Guardian they have part one of their 'Best books of 2016', where a solid list of writers: 'choose their best reads of 2016'. In The Telegraph they have their: 'top critics count down the year's best, from 50 to 1', in The top 50 books of the year.

'Non-western' recommendations

A pretty short list, but a decent idea: in The Guardian a variety of authors suggest The non-western books that every student should read. Again, this barely scratches the surface -- but, hey, at least they're scratching..... And several...Show More Summary

The Clothing of Books review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Jhumpa Lahiri's The Clothing of Books. This was a literary festival keynote address -- given and written in Italian. And this translation is by her husband.

Prix Roger-Caillois

The French prix Roger-Caillois now has four categories: one for a Latin American author, one for a French author, one for an essayist, and -- newly added this year -- one for a translator. It has a solid list of laureates -- especially...Show More Summary

Nietzsche on His Balcony review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Carlos Fuentes's (just) posthumous novel, Nietzsche on His Balcony, due out shortly from Dalkey Archive Press. (Note that neither the cover nor the page count (actually: 332 (+ iv)) on the Amazon page resemble those of the actual book. But I hope you're not buying it just for the cover.....)

Hexed translation ?

A fascinating review of Dutch author Thomas Olde Heuvelt's Hex in The Oxonian Review reveals something I hadn't heard/noticed before: Nancy Forest-Flier's 2016 English version of Hex is not a mere translation. Olde Heuvelt decided to...Show More Summary

Murakami in Copenhagen

Murakami Haruki recently picked up the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award (previous winners: Paulo Coelho, J.K.Rowling, Isabel Allende, and Salman Rushdie, so, yeah...), and in The Asahi Shimbun Kan Kashiwazaki reports on someShow More Summary

Writing in ... India

The Economist reports on what they call The latest craze among Indian readers -- though maybe it's not that new, given that they note: The man credited with inaugurating this mythological revival is Ashok Banker, once better known as...Show More Summary

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