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Blog Post Archive

Signs Preceding the End of the World review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Yuri Herrera's Signs Preceding the End of the World -- deservingly longlisted for this year's Best Translated Book Award (see my previous mention).

Publishing in .... India

At they report that: 'An app that aims to transform reading is a huge bet to attract smartphone warriors to books', in Books 2.0: Juggernaut's bold new social reading and publishing venture goes live on mobiles, as juggernaut...Show More Summary

Shakespeare's popularity (in the UK)

At YouGov they offer Shakespeare 400 years on: every play ranked by popularity, as they surveyed 1661 adults and asked: "Which, if any, of the following Shakespeare plays have you ever read or seen ?" Romeo and Juliet easily tops the...Show More Summary

Svetlana Alexievich profile

Nobel laureate (and Voices from Chernobyl-author) Svetlana Alexievich is profiled in the Kyiv Post, as Olga Rudenko describes Svetlana Alexievich on her path in literature.

Publishing in ... India

Vinutha Mallya's lengthy piece on 'The possibilities and pitfalls before India's publishing industry' in The Caravan, Numbers and Letters, is now freely accessible online -- a good overview of the current state of affairs and some of the (logistical and other) issues the industry has to deal with.

Gruppe 47 in Princeton

Fifty years ago today the German group of everyone-who-was-anyone authors, the 'Gruppe 47', ventured to Princeton for an infamous get-together (that also pretty much killed the group-as-group (though its more-or-less demise was already...Show More Summary

The CR Guide on Kindle

You've already gotten your copy of my The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction (Columbia University Press, 2016), haven't you ? It's now available in most formats, in most places (get your local bookstore and library to...Show More Summary

Borges and Cervantes

At the Literary Hub Ilan Stavans and William P. Childers discuss What Borges Learned From Cervantes: On Language, and the Thin Line Between Fiction and Reality. They discuss 'Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote' at some length -- with...Show More Summary

Boekenweekgeschenk 2017

They've announced that The Dinner-author Herman Koch wil be writing next year's 'Boekenweekgeschenk' -- the widely, freely distributed work written by a Dutch author that is the centerpiece of the big annual Boekenweek. Pretty much everyone...Show More Summary

Arjuna and the Hunter review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Bharavi's ca. 6th century Sanskrit classic, Arjuna and the Hunter, just out in Harvard University Press' Murty Classical Library of India-series. This is the first one in...Show More Summary

Best Translated Book Awards finalists

They've announced the Best Translated Book Awards finalists -- ten titles in the fiction category, six in poetry. The fiction finalists are: Arvida by Samuel Archibald, translated from the French by Donald Winkler (Canada, Biblioasis) The...Show More Summary

International Book Festival Budapest

The International Book Festival Budapest begins tomorrow, running through the 24th. Slovakia is the 'guest of honour'-country, and while they've enticed few US or UK authors, there will be a very full slate of Hungarian authors pres...

The Lights of Pointe-Noire review-overview

The most recent addition to the complete review is a review-overview of A Memoir by Alain Mabanckou, The Lights of Pointe-Noire. I still can't work myself up to writing about memoirs at the moment, but figured it was worth posting the...Show More Summary

Prizes: Pulitzers

As widely reported, they've announced this year's Pulitzer Prizes -- and the fiction prize went to The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen -- conveniently just out in paperback. It beat out finalists Get in Trouble by Kelly Link and Maud's...Show More Summary

Prize: Prix mondial Cino Del Duca

They've apparently announced that Sylvie Germain has won this year's Prix mondial Cino Del Duca, which she gets to pick up -- along with the €200,000 (!) prize money -- 8 June. Not that they've managed to mention this at the official...Show More Summary

The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction

It's already been available via Amazon for a few weeks now, but this is the originally announced official publication date for my The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction, and so it should now be more or less readily available...Show More Summary

The Master Key review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Togawa Masako's first mystery (from 1962), The Master Key.

SLOVO Festival

In London the SLOVO Russian Literature Festival runs through the 24th, with quite a few well-known authors (including Boris Akunin and Mikhail Shishkin) still to appear. Interesting to see/note that they see fit (and/or think it important) to mention -- quite prominently -- that: "SLOVO is not supported by the Russian government".

Singnagtugaq review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Mathias Storch's Singnagtugaq: A Greenlander's Dream -- apparently the first Greenlandic novel (first published in 1914), and now available in English, from, of course,Show More Summary

Translation in ... India

As I have often noted, it's remarkable how little literature from India not written in English makes its away abroad. The ILA ('Indian Literature in Translation') project sounded like a great venture to address this -- but Manik Sharma...Show More Summary

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