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Foreign children's classics in the Soviet Union

At Russia Beyond the Headlines Alena Tveritina reports that: 'In Soviet children's literature, retellings and altered versions of foreign classics captivated society far more than translations -- so much so that some classic characters were completely russified', in How Dr. Show More Summary

Jonathan Franzen Q & A

In the Indianpolis Star Will Higgins has a Q & A with Jonathan Franzen. J-Franz reveal his favorite TV shows, how many bird species he's seen (2,600 worldwide), and the fact that both he and David Foster Wallace have/had a one-handed backhand (increasingly rare at the pro level).

The publishing-wait in Iran

Books in Iran generally aren't officially censored -- publishers are just denied the permission needed to actually publish them. All books need to get official permission, and while permission is sometimes denied outright, usually the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance just makes authors and publishers wait, and wait. Show More Summary

Toni Morrison's papers to Princeton

Princeton University has announced that Nobel laureate Toni Morrison's papers will join their library-collection -- about 180 linear feet worth (and counting, presumably). No word, alas, how much they shelled out for the collection. Recall...Show More Summary

Handke: abolish the Nobel Prize !

Sore loser ? Annoyed by the annual distraction ? Whatever the case, Peter Handke thinks it's time to abolish the damn thing -- the Nobel Prize in Literature: that's what he said Thursday, Die Presse reports. He argues: it brings a brief...Show More Summary

Sergei Dovlatov profile

Eurozine reprints Vladimir Yermakov's look at Sergei Dovlatov, dissident sans idea, considering the dichotomy that 'All but invisible in his home country, Sergei Dovlatov became something of a mythical figure among the Russian diaspora...Show More Summary

Mikita Brottman Q & A

At boingboing they have a Q & A with The Solitary Vice-author Mikita Brottman, Solitary Vices: Mikita Brottman on the Books in Her Life.

Cobra review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Deon Meyer's latest thriller, Cobra.

Fall issue of Asypmtote

The October 2014 issue of Asypmtote is now available online, with a theme of: 'mythology'. Lots of great material, so just work your way through.

(American) National Book Awards finalists

They've announced the finalists for the (American) National Book Awards. As usual: I haven't reviewed or read any of these (though at least I have a copy of the Marilynne Robinson, and am intrigued by the Rabih Alameddine).

Donna Leon, not in Italian

In The Guardian Lizzy Davies explores Who is the real Italian novelist writing as Elena Ferrante ? as the identity-hiding author (of The Days of Abandonment, etc.) has really taken off as of late -- but what I found most interestingShow More Summary

Man Booker Prize

They've announced that The Narrow Road to the Deep North (by Richard Flanagan) has been awarded the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. See also Flanagan's acceptance speech, as well as a fairly recent Q & A Dwyer Murphy has at Guernica...Show More Summary

(Australian) Prime Minister's Literary Awards ?

Another prize for which Richard Flanagan's Man Booker-winning The Narrow Road to the Deep North is presumably a favorite is the 2014 (Australian) Prime Minister's Literary Awards -- but that prize seems to be MIA (or rather: missing in inaction). Last year, they announced the shortlists on 17 June and the winners on 15 August; this year... Show More Summary

'World Editions'

In The Bookseller Anna James reports that Visser of De Geus launches English language publisher -- which is to be called World Editions. (The current World Editions site doesn't quite capture the English-language-publication versionShow More Summary

Victoria review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of 1920 Nobel laureate Knut Hamsun's Victoria.

New World Literature Today

The November-December issue of World Literature Today, with a focus on 'After the Wall Fell: Dispatches from Central Europe 1989-2014', is now available, a decent chunk of it accessible online -- as is the entire World Literature in Review-reviews section.

Per Petterson Q&A

At PEN Atlas Tasja Dorkofikis has a Q&A with Per Petterson, author of I Curse the River of Time, etc.

Prize shortlist: T.S.Eliot Prize

They've announced the ten-title shortlist -- selected from 113 (unnamed, sigh) book submitted for consideration -- for the T.S.Eliot Prize.

Prize shortlists: Prix Femina

They've announced the shortlists for the French prix Femina -- notable because it has three categories: fiction (French), foreign fiction, and non-fiction. There doesn't seem to be an official site, so see, for example, Prix Femina 2014: Le jury dévoile ses finalistes at 20 minutes. Three of the five foreign-fiction finalists are translations of books written int English.

Polizzotti on translating Modiano

Mark Polizzotti -- translator of the forthcoming Yale University Press three-in-one collection by newly crowned Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano, Suspended Sentences (see their publicity page, or pre-order your copy at or -- writes on Quiet Resonance: Translating Patrick Modiano at the YUP weblog, Yale Books Unbound.

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