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Translations from ...Chinese

The Translation Databases at Three Percent offer a good overview of most of what has been translated into English and published in the US in 2014, from all languages (though the upcoming long overdue update will certainly offer a better...Show More Summary

Jaume Cabré profile

Jaume Cabré's Confessions is now out in English (in the UK... and elsewhere, having apparently already sold 60,000 copies in Poland; see Bestsellery z wysokiej pó?ki), and in The Scotsman David Robinsom profiles Jaume Cabré: Barcelona's literary superstar. See also the Arcadia publicity page, or get your copy at or

Margaret Drabble Q & A

At The Believer online, Lydia Perovi? has a Q & A with A.S.Byatt's sister, Margaret Drabble, a fine writer in her own right. I certainly like her attitude towards historical fiction ("I know the plot. I know my Shakespeare. I know what happened. Show More Summary

Books in ... Burma

At CNN Alisha Haridasani reports that Myanmar comes in from cold with bookish revival, finding a literary and reading revival -- though with a long way to go: A local library I visited in Bagan was a case in point -- bookshelves creaking...Show More Summary

German literary prize: Bremer Literaturpreis

It seems like one -- or indeed several -- German literary prizes are being awarded daily, and yesterday they announced that Marcel Beyer takes this year's Bremer Literaturpreis -- a rare German literary prize awarded for a specific title,...Show More Summary

German literary prize: Roswitha Literaturpreis

The Roswitha-Preis is apparently the German variation on the English-language prize that use to be called the Orange Prize -- though it's been around considerably longer. At €5,500 it's not a huge money prize -- but that winner's list...Show More Summary

Mao's little book

Among the bestselling books of all time (okay, like that other big 'seller', the Bible, more copies were probably given away than actually sold) is Mao Tse-Tung's (as he was called/transliterated, back in the day) so-called 'Little Red...Show More Summary

Dwight Garner Q & A

At The New York Times' 'Times Insider' Susan Lehman has a Book Reviewer Tell-All: Dwight Garner on Reading, Reviewing and Avoiding Blindness with The New York Times' book reviewer. Always of interest to me: how many books other reviewers/outlets...Show More Summary

Children Come by Ship review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Oliver Friggieri's Children Come by Ship -- the first title translated from the Maltese under review at the complete review.

Prize: AKO Literatuuurprijs

They've announced that Oorlog en terpentijn, by Stefan Hertmans, has won this year's AKO Literatuuurprijs -- one of the leading (and, at €50,000, most remunerative) Dutch literary prizes; the book was also shortlisted for another one...Show More Summary


The American Literary Translators Association's National Translation Award winner has been announced; since they're... between websites, the only notice I could find was the Twitter mention: Eugene Ostashevsky and Matvei Yankelevich's...Show More Summary

Pre-Arabian Tales

A neat-sounding volume coming out from Penguin Classics is Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange -- described by Robert Irwin in (what I assume is) his Introduction, here reprinted in The Independent as The earliest known Arabic...Show More Summary

Indian literature abroad

At Arunava Sinha argues that Indian literature must look beyond English to go global, suggesting it's time to: create a Library of India, comprising, say, translations of the 50 best works in Indian languages (fine, we'll include...Show More Summary

Prize: Goldsmiths Prize

They've announced the winner of the 2014 Goldsmiths Prize, the £10,000 fiction prize with the cringe-worthy tag-line: 'Fiction at its most novel', and it is How to be both, by Ali Smith, selected from 119 (regrettably unnamed) novels...Show More Summary

Prize: Bad Sex in Fiction shortlist

The Literary Review has announced the shortlist for its Bad Sex in Fiction Award. The Guardian helpfully presents the offending passages -- and gives you a chance to vote for your favorite. The only shortlisted title under review at the complete review is Murakami Haruki's Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.

Prize: Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize longlist

They've announced the longlist for the 2015 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize, fifteen titles selected "from over seventy entries"; I'm afraid none of them are under review at the complete review.

Honeymoon review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano's Honeymoon, one of the few Modiano titles in print in the US at the time of the Nobel-announcement, and now quickly reissued in paperback...Show More Summary

Prize: Premio Carlos Fuentes

They've announced that the Premio Internacional Carlos Fuentes a la Creación Literaria for 2014 will go to Sergio Ramírez (the first one, in 2012, went to Mario Vargas Llosa). Worth US$250,000 (though the actual pay-out is in Mexican...Show More Summary

Prize: Business book

Surely there was never much doubt about what book would win this year's FT and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, but they had to go through the process and the motions; now the inevitable has been announced: Thomas Piketty'sShow More Summary

Prize: Science book

They've announced that Stuff Matters, by Mark Miodownik, has won this year's Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books Get your copy at or

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