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The Knight and His Shadow review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Boubacar Boris Diop's The Knight and His Shadow. Diop will be part of the PEN World Voices Festival in New York in May, and it's great to see this book available in time...Show More Summary

Walter Scott Prize shortlist

They've announced the shortlist for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. I like the prize-premise, and there are some big names left in the running -- though none are under review at the complete review yet.

Man Booker International Prize finalists

They've announced the ten finalists for the biennial Man Booker International Prize (previously won by Lydia Davis (2013), Philip Roth (2011), Alice Munro (2009), Chinua Achebe (2007), and Ismail Kadaré (2005)). They are -- along with...Show More Summary

Russian literature

Rather (over-)dramatically, Owen Matthews asks: Is Russian Literature Dead ? at Foreign Policy. The focus turns out to be more on the dismal sales-figures of -- and limited public interest in -- contemporary Russian literature abroad. Of...Show More Summary

Supernova review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Dewi Lestari's Supernova: The Knight, the Princess and the Falling Star. With Indonesia the guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair this fall, Indonesian literature should...Show More Summary

The Folio Prize

They've announced the winner of the 2015 Folio Prize, the £40,000 alternative-Man Booker "open to all works of fiction written in English and published in the UK", and it's Family Life (by Akhil Sharma); see, for example, the reportShow More Summary

The last 100 reviews

Another hundred titles reviewed at the complete review, as we're up to (and now already beyond) 3500 -- so it's time again to break down the numbers. - Reviews 3401-3500 were covered over the course of 172 days (previous hundred: 181). -...Show More Summary

Publishing in ... South Korea

In The Korea Herald Ahn Sung-mi reports on Voicing diversity through books, noting that while the state of bookselling in South Korea seems to be worrisome, independent publishing is flourishing. Amazingly: The number of registered publishers...Show More Summary

Prix Mac Orlan

At the Salon du livre they awarded this year's prix Mac Orlan to La langue des oiseaux by Claudie Hunzinger (see the Grasset publicity page); see, for example, the Livres Hebdo report Maybe not one of the major French prizes -- though...Show More Summary

Máirtín Ó Cadhain reviews

The most recent additions to the complete review are my reviews of two works by Irish (and Irish-writing) author Máirtín Ó Cadhain: The Dirty Dust -- the first translation of his 1949 classic, Cré na Cille, just out from Yale University...Show More Summary

Donogoo-Tonka review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of A Cinematographic Tale by Jules Romains, Donogoo-Tonka or The Miracles of Science. I just recently picked up -- for four times the cover-price ! (me, who never pays retail...)...Show More Summary

The Prone Gunman, the film

Jean-Patrick Manchette's The Prone Gunman is, in its film-adaptation (and, sigh, movie-tie-in reprints) no longer prone, and The Gunman - the movie, starring Sean Penn, Idris Elba, and Javier Bardem is now out. The critical consensus...Show More Summary

Life of a Counterfeiter review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Inoue Yasushi's Life of a Counterfeiter, a collection of three stories (two translated into English for the first time), in Michael Emmerich's translation, from Pushkin Press.

Ariadne Press Q & A

At the Asymptote weblog Eva Richter has a Q & A with Karl Johns and Jorun Johns about their Ariadne Press -- a publisher dedicated to publishing Austrian literature in translation, some 260 titles since 1988. Can't really agree withShow More Summary

Grace Ogot (1930-2015)

Kenyan author Grace Ogot has passed away; see, for example, the report in the Daily Nation. None of her work is under review at the complete review, but see, for example, the African Books Collective publicity page for The Promised Land, or get your copy at or

Torture Garden review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Octave Mirbeau's notorious 1899 novel, Torture Garden. Dalkey Archive Press is bringing out his 21 Days of a Neurasthenic later this year -- see their publicity page, or...Show More Summary

Translation into ... French

Livres Hebdo/Electre have gathered the numbers on translations into French in 2014, and they total 11,859 -- 17.4 per cent of all publications. Alas, only summary findings are freely accessible online -- but these show that after English...Show More Summary

PEN Literary Awards longlists

They've announced the longlists for the (many) PEN Literary Awards (with the finalists to be announced 15 April, and the winners on 13 May). Among the prizes is the US$3,000 PEN Translation Prize, awarded: "For a book-length translation of prose into English published in 2014". The longlisted titles are: Baboon by Naja Marie Aidt (tr. Show More Summary

The Black Sheep review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Honoré de Balzac 1842 novel, The Black Sheep (La Rabouilleuse). Always fun to jump back into some Balzac.

French bestseller get-together

In L'Express they report on a gathering of bestselling-in-2014 French authors, Best-sellers 2014: menu "people" au Bristol -- complete with list of the thirty-two top-selling titles (by French-writing authors, in France) of 2014 -- scroll...Show More Summary

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