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The Killing of Shishupala review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Magha's Sanskrit epic, The Killing of Shishupala -- the first complete translation into English, recently published in the Murty Classical Library of India (from Harvard University Press). This has one of the great examples of... Show More Summary

Connie Palmen Q & A

Several of Connie Palmen's novels have been published in English over the decades -- starting with The Laws, almost a quarter of a century ago (by George Braziller in the US -- a typical get for the recently deceased publisher); getShow More Summary

Colin Dexter (1930-2017)

'Inspector Morse'-author Colin Dexter has passed away; see, for example, Dennis Barker's obituary in The Guardian.

Torgny Lindgren (1938-2017)

Swedish author Torgny Lindgren passsed away a couple of days ago -- not that there seems to have been any notice in the English-language press (but see, for example Sara Danius' weblog mention). It's a major loss, of an author reasonably...Show More Summary

Nordiska pris to Dag Solstad

The Swedish Academy blew it bigtime last year by awarding (or trying to... he still hasn't given that supposedly obligatory lecture...) the Nobel Prize in Literature to song-man Bob Dylan, and they have their work cut out for them in...Show More Summary

Robert B. Silvers (1929-2017)

Robert B. Silvers, co-founding and long-time editor of The New York Review of Books, has passed away. See the NYRB notice, William Grimes' obituary in The New York Times, and Laura Miller at Slate on How Bob Silvers and the New York Review of Books Transformed the Literary World.

Reading in ... Lithuania

Lithuania is the guest of honor (well, 'Schwerpunktland'...) at this year's Leipzig Book Fair (23 to 26 March), and so at DeutscheWelle Inga Janiulyt? has a look at What Lithuanians read -- and what they want you to read about them. Apparently: The...Show More Summary

The Sad Part Was review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Thai author Prabda Yoon's The Sad Part Was, just out from Tilted Axis Press. This is the first Tilted Axis Press title under review at the complete review, but already this...Show More Summary

Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award shortlist

They've announced the six-title shortlist for this year's £30,000 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. You can read excerpts of the stories (yeah, excerpts...) at the official site, but some can be found elsewhere on the internet in their...Show More Summary

Marathi recommendations

At Devapriya Roy offers Fourteen Marathi classics, handpicked by Bhalchandra Nemade, that must be read (and translated). With no Marathi titles under review (yet) at the complete review, certainly somerthing to look into.....

Heretics review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Leonardo Padura's big and ambitious Heretics, just out in English -- from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the US and Bitter Lemon Press in the UK.

Murakami on translation

Less than a month ago, as I mentioned, a massive two-volume Murakami Haruki-novel came out in Japan -- and now, just a few weeks later, another book by him has just come out: ???? ??????????? -- helpfully sort of subtitled on the cover...Show More Summary

Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award longlist

They've announced the longlist for the 'foreign literature' (??????????? ??????????) category of the Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award. The twenty-eight titles include books by Nobel laureates (Coetzee; Vargas Llosa; Modiano; Toni Morrison), Michel Houellebecq's Submission, Aravind Adiga's The White Tiger, and two Jonathan Franzens, among... Show More Summary

Translation from the ... Hungarian

At hlo they have a Q & A, What's the point of translating anything easy ? -- an interview with Peter Sherwood. It includes his suggestions as to authors deserving of (more) translation -- including: We must hope that the remarkable Tim...Show More Summary

Derek Walcott (1930-2017)

Nobel laureate (1992) Derek Walcott has passed away; see, for example, obituaries in The Guardian (Anita Sethi and Lawrence Scott's) or The New York Times (William Grimes'). None of his titles are under review at the complete review, but Omeros is a fine place to start; see the publicity pages at Farrar, Straus and Giroux or Faber, or get your copy at

George Braziller (1916-2017)

George Braziller -- publisher, under the eponymous imprint -- has passed away; see, for example Robert D. McFadden's obituary in The New York Times. Quite a few titles published by George Braziller are under review at the complete review, and his (swirling) logo was certainly always one to look out for.

The Name of the Game is a Kidnapping review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Higashino Keigo's The Name of the Game is a Kidnapping, recently out from Vertical. As I've often noted, Higashino is the mystery star in the Far East -- incredibly popular...Show More Summary

NBCC Awards

The announced the (US) National Book Critics Circle Awards yesterday, with LaRose, by Louise Erdrich, taking the fiction prize. None of the winning titles are under review at the complete review -- but see, for example, the Harper publicity page for the much-praised LaRose, or get your copy at or

Albertine Prize

They launched the Albertine Prize yesterday, longlisting ten translated-from-the-French titles, with internet-users able to vote for the winner. It'll be interesting to see how that goes..... Good to see another prize encouraging translation-into-English...Show More Summary

Man Booker International Prize longlist

They've announced the longlist for this year's Man Booker International Prize. The thirteen novels left in the running (out of 126 books they considered -- though god forbid they'd let us know what those were...) are: Black Moses, Alain Mabanckou, tr. Show More Summary

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