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Desai on Jhabvala

The Guardian has Anita Desai on her literary apprenticeship with Ruth Prawer Jhabvala -- complete with V.S.Naipaul anecdote.

Premio Cervantes

They've announced that the 2017 Premio Cervantes -- the leading Spanish-language author-award (paying out €125,000) will go to Sergio Ramírez (though he has to wait until April for the big ceremony...). (The prize traditionally alternates...Show More Summary

NEA Literature Translation Fellowships

They've announced the 2018 (American) National Endowment for the Arts fellowships for creative writing (prose) (36 x US$25,000) and for literary translation (22 x $12,500/25,000). The list (warning ! dreaded pdf format !) of the creative...Show More Summary

Arabian Satire review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of the latest volume in NYU Press' Library of Arabic Literature-series, ?m?d?n al-Shw??ir's Arabian Satire: Poetry from 18th-Century Najd.

Literary prize: Goldsmiths Prize

They've announced that H(a)ppy, by Nicola Barker, has won this year's Goldsmiths Prize -- a £10,000 prize that: "is committed to rewarding British and Irish fiction that breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form". See also the William Heinemann publicity page, or get your copy at or

Literary prizes: (American) NBAs

They've announced the winners of the 2017 (American) National Book Awards in the four categries they have. The fiction prize went to Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward; see the Scribner publicity page, or get your copy at More Summary

Literary prize: Warwick Prize for Women in Translation

The Warwick Prize for Women in Translation is a new prize for: "the best eligible work of fiction, poetry or literary non-fiction, or work of fiction for children or young adults that has been written by a woman, translated into English...Show More Summary

??? review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Ogawa Yoko's ??? -- the seventh Ogawa under review at the complete review (and the third not (yet) available in English...). The French and Germans are much better at keeping...Show More Summary

Writing in ... Turkey

At Deutsche Welle Kürsat Akyol reports that Books come under suspicion in post-coup Turkey, as: 'since Turkey's attempted 2016 coup, a growing number of books have been outlawed and confiscated, with some even being considered evidence for certain crimes'.

Prix du Quai des Orfèvres

They've announced that the 2018 prix du Quai des Orfèvres will go to Tension extrême, by Sylvain Forge; see, for example, the Livres Hebdo report The news here, however, isn't who won, but rather that that iconic address -- Quai desShow More Summary

Boundary review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Andrée A. Michaud's prize-winning novel, Boundary: The Last Summer, now out in English from No Exit (in the UK) and Biblioasis (Canada/US).

Literary prize: Grand prix de littérature américaine

If you think French literary prize juries are more discerning than American ones, then maybe you want them to decide what's best in American fiction, too; if so the just-announced Grand prix de littérature américaine is for you -- and,...Show More Summary

Literary prize: Schweizer Buchpreis

The Swiss Book Prize -- which is, in fact, only the German-language Swiss Book Prize -- has been awarded to Kraft, by Jonas Lüscher (which was also longlisted for this year's German Book Prize); see also the New Books in German review...Show More Summary

Bergeners review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Tomas Espedal's Bergeners, the latest Espedal out from Seagull Books. It also includes this great meeting-Dag-Solstad scene: Espedal is great; Solstad is... oh, just read...Show More Summary

Het bureau in ... German

It took a while -- and two publishers, C.H.Beck bowing out after giving it a try with the first volume, before Verberecher Verlag picked it up and published the full seven-volume series -- but J.J.Voskuil's Het bureau, all ca. 5500 pages...Show More Summary

In Search of the Grail review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Svetislav Basara's In Search of the Grail: The Cyclist Conspiracy, Part Two. The first part, The Cyclist Conspiracy, came out from Open Letter a few years ago, but it'sShow More Summary

Louis Cha in English

I mentioned in my The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction that: "One very popular Chinese literary genre that has received limited attention abroad is wuxia, martial arts fiction.", and the only example I cited was the...Show More Summary

Baking With Kafka review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Tom Gauld's new comics-collection, Baking With Kafka. (Yes, they're mainly 'literary' (or publishing industry/writer-related) comic strips.)

150 years of 'Reclams Universal-Bibliothek'

German publisher Reclam's 'Universal-Bibliothek' is one of the great classic-literature series (which also includes some modern texts), published (for the most part) in the ubiquitous small yellow volumes (though there are also other colors, and designs, including: red for foreign language texts -- they do that too (e.g. Show More Summary

The Miranda review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Geoff Nicholson's new novel, The Miranda. This is the nineteenth Nicholson-title under review at the complete review : only Naguib Mahfouz and Amélie Nothomb have more titles...Show More Summary

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