Blog Profile / The Literary Saloon

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Singapore Literature Prize submissions

The biennial Singapore Literature Prize awards prizes in three genres (fiction, non, and poetry) in each of Singapore's four official languages (English, Malay, Chinese, and Tamil), and it's great to see the growth of interest (at least...Show More Summary

Korean (Nobel and other) literary ambitions

Ah, the validation of a Nobel Prize in Literature ! As I've often noted, (South) Korea is among the countries that most often fall back on the why-haven't-we-won-one-yet lament, and at The New Yorker's Page-Turner weblog Mythili G. Rao...Show More Summary

Wajdi al-Ahdal on Günter Grass

At Yemeni A Land without Jasmine-author Wajdi al-Ahdal recalls The intervention of a Nobel Laureate, when Günter Grass admirably stood up for him (and more). Not exactly a happy ending, but still.....

Garaczi László

In the Neue Zürcher Zeitung Ilma Rakusa reviews Garaczi László's latest to be translated into German, the 2006 MetaXa, now out from Droschl -- and, yeah, she kind of likes it ("ein Glanzstück"). So where are the English translations of his stuff ? I thought Hungarians were hot -- or is he too far out, even compared to Krasznahorkai, Nádas, etc. Show More Summary

Zaw Zaw Aung (1937-2016)

As, for example, The Irrawady reports, Zaw Zaw Aung, Writer Famed for Ushering in Modernism, Dies at 79. None of this Burmese writers' work appears to be available in English translation, but he was an important figure, especially in...Show More Summary

The Rose of Cikembang review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Kwee Tek Hoay's 1927 novel, The Rose of Cikembang, another volume in Lontar's Modern Library of Indonesia-series.

Whitbread Costa Book of the Year

They've announced (warning ! dreaded pdf format !) the winner of this year's Whitbread Costa Book of the Year -- and it is The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. The winner of this prize is selected from the category-winners, and it's the...Show More Summary

Premio Rómulo Gallegos can't pay

The Premio Internacional de Novela Rómulo Gallegos is one of the most illustrious Spanish-language novel prizes, with a list of winners to rival pretty much any other book prize; it also comes with good money attached (though there's...Show More Summary

On the Edge review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Rafael Chirbes' On the Edge, just out from New Directions (with a UK edition from Harvill Secker due out in a couple of months). As I mentioned... years ago, this was pretty...Show More Summary

Ibrahim al-Koni

At Marcia Lynx Qualey (of the invaluable Arabic Literature (in English)) reviews Ibrahim al-Koni's National Translation Award (in William Hutchins' translation) prize-winning New Waw, Saharan Oasis (see also the University...Show More Summary

Ottaway Award nominations

At Words without Borders they've put out their Call for Nominations: The 2016 Ottaway Award -- that's the 'Ottaway Award for the Promotion of International Literature', recognizing: "individuals who have taken extraordinary steps toShow More Summary

Jantar books

I mentioned Czech Republic-based Jantar Publishing a couple of weeks ago, and they've now kindly sent me a couple of their books, and while I should be getting to these sooner rather than later, hot damn, they deserve a mention justShow More Summary

Réparer les vivants in English

I was impressed by Maylis de Kerangal's Birth of a Bridge, and ever since have been looking forward to her more recent, also multiple-prize-winning novel, Réparer les vivants. It's due out in English shortly, and I'll be covering itShow More Summary

The Deep Sea Diver's Syndrome review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Serge Brussolo's The Deep Sea Diver's Syndrome, just out from Melville House. Brussolo is an immensely popular -- and prolific -- French author, the kind of writer where,...Show More Summary

The Arab spring, five years on

In The Guardian they have Writers look back at the Arab spring five years on, as: In January 2011, days after the first uprising in Tunisia and the protests in Tahrir Square, the Guardian invited leading writers from across the ArabShow More Summary

Fardwor, Russia ! review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of A Fantastical Tale of Life Under Putin, Oleg Kashin's novel Fardwor, Russia !, just out from Restless Books, in a translation by Deep Vellum-man Will Evans.

Writing in ... Africa

Oscar Kimanuka seems to think the situation is dire, wondering in his piece in The New Times (Rwanda): What can we do to save the dying African literature ? Dying ? Yes, apparently: It is seriously threatened by rapid rate of urbanisation,...Show More Summary

Taiwan indigenous literary awards

Taiwan Today reports that MOE honors Taiwan indigenous literary awards winners, as: "The winners of Taiwan Aboriginal Literary Awards" were honored a few days ago -- 36 recipients from a "a 99-strong field in the categories of essay, novella, poetry and translation".

Julian Barnes profile

In the Financial Times Caroline Daniel has Lunch with the FT: Julian Barnes (which comes with a very odd cartoon portrait of the author). The mix of food-commentary ("not delicious in a conventional way"), sartorial observations ("dressed...Show More Summary

Writing in ... Afghanistan

At Afghan author Taqi Akhlaqi writes about The not-so-universal art of writing -- noting: A work that comes out of Afghanistan exists, like its author, in a struggle with the bare essentials of life and basic human needs. Thus we writers live on separate islands. Show More Summary

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