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The New York Times consolidates book coverage

I always liked the fact that The New York Times Book Review was editorially (at least nominally) independent, with book coverage in the (week-)daily edition of The New York Times under another purview; no longer, alas: Dean Baquet has...Show More Summary

'Sex literature' in Ugandan school

Every year there are fun stories about over-protective American parents demanding the banning or removal-from-school-libraries of books their kids would be much better off exposed to. This happens elsewhere, too, though generally not...Show More Summary

Harry Potter in translation

I recently mentioned that J.K.Rowling's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (co-written by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany) has enjoyed spectacular sales-success, including in Germany and France, where the original English version has topped...Show More Summary

Trojanow's Olympics

Ilija Trojanow's novel, The Lamentations of Zeno, recently came out in English from Verso -- see their publicity page, or get your copy at or -- but I'm even more intrigued by the book he's just published in German,...Show More Summary

German translation subsidies

Litprom is the German 'Society for the Promotion of African, Asian and Latin American Literature', and among their activities is subsidizing translations-into-German from those areas (and the Arab world), and they've just announced the...Show More Summary

James Tait Black Prizes

They've announced the winners of this year's £10,000 James Tait Black Prizes (which apparently get a lot of mileage out of calling themselves 'Britain's oldest literary awards'). You Don't Have to Live Like This (by Benjamin Markovits)...Show More Summary

The Story of My Wife review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Füst Milán's 1942 novel, The Story of My Wife: The Reminiscences of Captain Störr. After the 1987 PAJ Publications hardcover this was published in paperback in 1989 in the...Show More Summary

Hermann Kant (1926-2016)

Leading East German author Hermann Kant has passed away; see, for example, (German) reports in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Die Zeit. The latter reports that his best-known work, Die Aula, was translated into fifteen languages...Show More Summary

US presidential reading

The American White House has released The President's Summer Reading List -- five books President Obama is apparently reading this summer. The only one if the five titles under review at the complete review is Neal Stephenson's Seveneves...Show More Summary

Françoise Mallet-Joris (1930-2016)

Belgian author Françoise Mallet-Joris has passed away; see, for example, Josyane Savigneau and Jean-Luc Drouin on Mort de la romancière Françoise Mallet-Joris in Le Monde. Mallet-Joris was of that generation of French authors that were...Show More Summary

Dante review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Marco Santagata's Dante: The Story of His Life, recently published by Harvard University Press. Santagata is also a well-known author of fiction -- and his Dante-themed novel, Come donna innamorata, was a finalist for the Premio Strega last year; I wonder if it will get translated into English.

Success (not) in translation

It doesn't come as much of a surprise that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J.K.Rowling (and Jack Thorne and John Tiffany) has sold phenomenally well. Well, perhaps the fact that it is a play-script makes this a bit surprising --...Show More Summary

Writers on Trump

In The Guardian they have get Richard Ford, Joyce Carol Oates, David Hare and more... leading writers on Donald Trump -- in case you were hoping they could shed some light on this peculiar American... phenomenon.

PEN/Nabokov Award

There used to be a biennial PEN/Nabokov Award for Fiction (2000-2008) -- awarded to Mavis Gallant, William H. Gass, Mario Vargas Llosa, Cynthia Ozick, and Philip Roth -- and now they've upped the prize money (from US$20,000 to US$50,000)...Show More Summary

Ernst Neizvestny (1925-2016)

Sculptor Ernst Neizvestny has passed away; see, for example, Ernst Neizvestny, Russian sculptor who stood up to Khrushchev, dies at 91 at DeutscheWelle, or Ernst Neizvestny: A Principled and Uniquely Talented Artist by Ruth Morse inShow More Summary

Arthur Goldhammer profile

A nice (French) profile of prolific translator ("de plus de 120 livres") Arthur Goldhammer, la French connection by Marc-Olivier Bherer in Le Monde.

Angelus Award semi-finalists

They've announced the 14 semi-finalists (selected out of: "70 good applications" -- admirably also all revealed and listed) for the Polish Angelus Central European Literature Award, which is awarded to a book published in Polish (original...Show More Summary

Johanne, Johanne review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Lars Sidenius' Johanne, Johanne, a text-message novel just out in English from Dalkey Archive Press.

Fourteen years of the Literary Saloon

The complete review was started in 1999, and this Literary Saloon weblog added just over three years later; today marks the fourteenth anniversary of the first post. Fourteen years ! Anyway, many thanks to the longtime (and new) readers...Show More Summary

Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize entries

The Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation is a prize: made to the translator(s) of a published translation in English of a full-length imaginative and creative Arabic work of literary merit published after, or during,...Show More Summary

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