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WLT notable translations, 2014

At the World Literature Today blog they offer their list of 75 Notable Translations of 2014. It looks a bit haphazard to me -- and there's some stuff from last year (e.g. The Rainbow Troops, by Andrea Hirata), and some from... 1978 (Definitely...Show More Summary

Het schervengericht review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Een transatlantische tragedie by A.F.Th. van der Heijden, his novel Het schervengericht. As longtime readers know, I've always found van der Heijden an interesting author...Show More Summary

Best books of 2014 in ... the Netherlands

NRC Handelsblad now offer a list of their 10 beste boeken van 2014. Kees 't Hart's novel Teatro Olimpico (see the Querido publicity page) tops the list, and several US and UK titles make the top ten, including books by Phil Klay, Naomi...Show More Summary

Vladimir Sharov Q & A

At Russia Beyond the Headlines Alexandra Guzeva has a Q & A with Return to Egypt-author Vladimir Sharov -- Russian Booker Prize winner: A novel is like a child. Good to see him evasive when asked noxious questions such as: RBTH: Would...Show More Summary

E-reading study

This has gotten lots of popular press attention -- Why You Shouldn't Read a Tablet Before Bed (Time), Open the Book, Put Down the Tablet at Bedtime (Wall Street Journal), etc. etc. -- as a study that shows people who did some evening...Show More Summary

M.T. Vasudevan Nair tributes

Almost better than the twelve days of Christmas: in The Hindu P.K.Ajith Kumar reports on A literary tribute, in letter and spirit, as eleven books on Bhima-author M.T. Vasudevan Nair are being released on eleven successive days -- a nice tribute to the author.

Swedish Academy news

Saturday they held the annual end-of-year bash at the Nobel Prize in Literature-deciding Swedish Academy, complete with royalty in attendance; see the whole overview (in Swedish...) of the events, announcements, and festivities. They...Show More Summary

Ideology-tainted literature

Somehow I still find it heartening -- even as I cringe -- that there are authors and critics who maintain: 'Literature should have ideological base'. Profiling Central Sahitya Akademi Awardee Rachapalem Chandrasekhar Reddy in The Hindu,...Show More Summary

Kadare favorites

Twilight of the Eastern Gods-author Ismail Kadare offers a list of his 6 favorite books at The Week. Mainly predictable classics, but with some interesting comments, such as that he copied out much of Macbeth by hand.

Books of the year in ... Spain

Babelia at El País now offers its list of Los 10 mejores libros del año 2014, with Javier Marías' Así empieza lo malo (see the Alfaguara publicity page) topping the list, followed by Javier Cercas' El impostor. Karl Ove Knausgaard'sShow More Summary

German authors' Christmas picks

In Die Zeit they asked twenty authors what book they plan on giving as a present this Christams, in Welches Buch verschenken Sie ? Lots of foreign/English-language offerings among them, as Clemens J. Setz offers up the new Michel Faber...Show More Summary

UK publishing hits and misses

In The Guardian they collect The publisher's year: hits and misses of 2014, asking publishers about the books that made their year, the ones they think deserved to do better, and the ones they wish they'd published -- always a good reminder of some interesting titles (and also some of the misguided notions publishers have...).

Fritz Rudolf Fries (1935-2014)

German author Fritz Rudolf Fries has passed away. Born in Spain, he came to Germany as a young child and he grew up and remained in East Germany. His first novel, The Road to Oobliadooh, was unpublishable in the East (right until the...Show More Summary

French foreign rights sales

At Publishing Perspectives Olivia Snaije reports on Strong Foreign Rights Sales for 2014 French Bestsellers, an interesting overview of the year. "All in all a positive year", she sums up (though really, the French never have too many...Show More Summary

Translation from ... Italian

Via I'm pointed to new publisher Acheron Books: he first publishing house that produces Italian fantasy, science fiction and horror fiction and distributes it worldwide in the English language in e-book format. Okay, I'm not sure I'll be rushing out to get... Show More Summary

'China's best books' (in English)

In Time Out (Shanghai) they offer their 'top ten picks for books that tackle new ground in China', in China's best books 2014. Despite these being titles available in English, it's disappointing to see how many are not yet US-available, including the Susan Barker (due only next August !) and the Chan Koonchung.

John Dos Passos Prize for Literature

They've announced that the 2015 John Dos Passos Prize for Literature will go to Ruth Ozeki; she'll be the 33rd prize-winner. This Longwood University prize is: meant to honor one of the greatest -- and most often ignored -- AmericanShow More Summary

Chad Post Q & A

At Sampsonia Way Caitlyn Christensen has a Q & A with Open Letter and Three Percent-man Chad W. Post -- a good overview of those two fine institutions, with lots of interesting titbits. And some depressing ones: Here's a perspectiveShow More Summary

Notable German-in-English books, 2014

At Deutsche Welle Jochen Kürten writes about The 10 must-read German books of 2014. (A note at the end of the piece claims: "All ten books listed were published in the US in the past 12 months" but this doesn't appear to be accurate:...Show More Summary

Privy Portrait review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Jean-Luc Benoziglio's 1980 novel, Privy Portrait, now available in English, from Seagull Books.

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