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Blog Profile / The Literary Saloon

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Archived Since:March 2, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Mansoura Ez-Eldin Q & A

At Arian Fariborz has a Q & A with Mansoura Ez-Eldin about the literary situation in Egypt these past few years. Ez-Eldin's story, Gothic Night, is available online. I have a copy of Maryam's Maze and will try to get a review up soon; meanwhile, see the American University in Cairo Press publicity page, or get your copy at or

Prizes: Magnesia Litera

The Czech Magnesia Litera awards have been handed out, and as Jan Richter reports at Radio Praha, Guide to wartime Prague wins top literary award, as the non-fiction category winner, the unusual Pr?vodce protektorátní Prahou by Ji?íShow More Summary

Prize: Gyldendalprisen

The Gyldendalprisen, a Norwegian award for significant writing in any genre, has been awarded to Øyvind Rimbereid; see, for example, the report, Poet wins prestigious literature prize. The previous two winners were Karl Ove Knausgård...Show More Summary

Indonesia prepares for Frankfurt

Indonesia will be the 2015 Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair, and in the Jakarta Post Niken Prathivi considers Frankfurt Book Fair 2015: How serious is Indonesia in promoting its culture, literature ? Among the news: So far,...Show More Summary

Killing the Second Dog review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Marek H?asko's Killing the Second Dog, a re-issue from New Vessel Press (they're following up later this year with All Backs were Turned -- Cane Hill Press first brought...Show More Summary

Shortlist: IMPAC award

They've announced the ten-title-strong shortlist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award -- selected from 152 titles nominated by libraries from around the world. Several titles are under review at the complete review : A Death...Show More Summary

Shortlist: NSW Premier's Literary Awards

They've announced the shortlists for the (Australian) NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Among the categories: there's a: 'Community Relations Commission Award for a Multicultural NSW'. The winners will be announced 19 May.

Africa39 selected

They've been looking for the Africa39, 'a Hay Festival and Rainbow Book Club Project': which aims to select and celebrate 39 of the best African south of the Sahara writers under the age of 40 [Aside: if you're excluding writers from...Show More Summary

Altschulova metoda

I'm already won over by an article that reveals that the chief rabbi (of both Prague and the Czech Republic), Karol Sidon, admits: I couldn't read anything but what is considered lowbrow sci fi literature which I really love But howShow More Summary

Shortlist: Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

They've announced the shortlist for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize -- and three of the six titles are under review at the complete review (I believe the other three are not yet US-available): A Man in Love by Karl Ove Knausgaard Revenge...Show More Summary

Shortlist: Orange Prize for Fiction

The Orange Prize for Fiction -- which currently styles itself the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction -- has announced it's shortlist. See also chair of judges Helen Fraser's obligatory article, Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2014:Show More Summary

Writing in ... Tamil

In The Hindu 'Lakshmi Krupa speaks to publishers in the city to understand what works and what doesn't when it comes to Tamil books', in Tamil in the time of Kindle. (I'm rather disappointed and embarrassed that there are still no translations from the Tamil under review at the complete review -- but the books are relatively hard to come by (not a good sign).)

Writing from ... Burma

In the Myanmar Times Douglas Long reports on Universal themes: Bringing Asian literature to Western readers. Since this involves 'literary' agents I have my doubts about how this will work out; still, of some interest.

Tuer le père review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Amélie Nothomb's Tuer le père. (Her book-a-year output gets translated as a matter of course into most European languages, but not English; so too this one is availableShow More Summary

Book trailers ... in Thailand

In the Bangkok Post they report on: 'How bloggers and netizens are being tapped by traditional publishers dedicated to the noble goal of passing on the reading bug -- while making a few baht in the process', in Word-wise web. The first...Show More Summary

Shipwrecks review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Yoshimura Akira's Shipwrecks.

The last 100 reviews

There are now more than 3300 reviews at the complete review, so it's time for a statistical look at the last 100 (well, reviews 3201 through 3300): - the 100 reviews were posted in 187 days (previous hundred: 184 days), and totaled 89,132...Show More Summary

Tulenkantaja-palkinto !

Here's an interesting idea for a peripheral literature/literary language: a prize for the local book published in the past year which: "is estimated to have the 'best export potential'". That's what they have in Finland, with the Tulenkantaja-palkinto...Show More Summary

The Hindu prize

The Hindu prize for fiction has issued its annual call for entries -- though note: "Only works of literary merit will be considered". Of more concern to me, the disappointing news that, once again: Only original works in English will be eligible. Show More Summary

Translation in ... India

The second of K.Satchidanandan's articles on 'the culture of translation in India' is now also available in The Hindu; see: Do you understand me ? An attempt to retrieve history

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