Blog Profile / The Literary Saloon

Filed Under:Academics / Literature
Posts on Regator:7610
Posts / Week:16.2
Archived Since:March 2, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Popular at ... Chinese universities

Via I am pointed to Charles Liu's report in The Beijinger that Japanese Pulp Thrillers Top List of Peking University's Most Popular Books; see also the full (Chinese) report. I rarely report on most-borrowed (from) library numbers, since...Show More Summary

The political influence of writers in ... Africa

At African Arguments Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire finds that: 'In Uganda and beyond, the political influence of writers has greatly diminished, with different kinds of artists starting to take their place', in: The Strong Breed: The rise and...Show More Summary

Four Crises of American Democracy review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Alasdair Roberts' Four Crises of American Democracy: Representation, Mastery, Discipline, Anticipation, just out from Oxford University Press.

Javier Marías Q & A

At the Los Angeles Review of Books Gregg LaGambina offers The World Is Never Just Politics: A Conversation with Javier Marías -- as they talk about current American politics, as well as Marías' most recently translated novel, Thus Bad Begins.

Publishing in ... India

At Kanishka Gupta has a Q & A with: 'the publisher responsible for today's stream of successful commercial fiction in English' (in India), Jayanta Kumar Bose of Srishti Publishers. They apparently began as: "a publisher ofShow More Summary

I'm an Old Commie! review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of popular Romanian author Dan Lungu's I'm an Old Commie!, just about out from Dalkey Archive Press. I don't think that's a great title -- but, hey, the movie version was sold as I'm an Old Communist Hag in English. (Yeah, unsurprisingly it apparently did not do great box office in the US/UK.)

Shelley Frisch Q & A

At his Conversational Reading weblog Scott Esposito has Six Questions for Shelley Frisch on Reiner Stach and Franz Kafka. Frisch translated the three volumes of Stach's Kafka-biography -- and recounts the interesting/bizarre publication...Show More Summary

Yangon Book Plaza

In the Myanmar Times Nandar Aung reports on the soon-to-be-opened Yangon Book Plaza: A new literary hub. What will apparently be Burma's "largest book plaza" looks like a great space -- but for now all the pictures show only... space. It's the books that count ! But, with an ambition to be: "a hive for all things literary" it certainly has potential. (But no WiFi, apparently.)

The Little Horse review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Thorvald Steen's Snorre Sturlason-novel, The Little Horse.

Pakistani literature festivals

At DeutscheWelle Shamil Shams asks: Pakistan's literature festivals -- elitist and irrelevant ?. I think the most surprising thing here is that these festivals: "generate large funds through corporate and non-profit organizations". Anyway, the Karachi Literature Festival runs through tomorrow. Elitist and irrelevant ?

Doris Lessing's library

A fun piece in The Guardian, as Nick Holdstock, who got the job of cataloguing Doris Lessing's library, reports on Doris Lessing's library: a life in 4,000 books. I love (private-)library catalogues, especially of authors' libraries, so I find this fascinating stuff; I hope they publish a full bibliography.

Íslensku bókmenntaverðlaunin

They handed out the 2016 Icelandic Literature Prizes on Wednesday, with The Greenhouse-author Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir winning the fiction prize, for Ör; see, for example, the Benedikt publicity page. See also the Félag íslenskra bókaútgefenda...Show More Summary

Dylan Thomas Prize longlist

They've announced the longlist for the 2017 International Dylan Thomas Prize, "Awarded for the best published literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under" (so maybe 'English-language' (rather than 'International')...Show More Summary

Iran's Book of the Year Awards

On the one hand: yay, translation ! on the other: you have to wonder about a report on a national literary award headlined: Turkish translation of Shahnameh wins Iran's Book of the Year Award, as the Tehran Times has it, slightly misleadingly,...Show More Summary

Nocilla Experience review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Agustín Fernández Mallo's Nocilla Experience, the second in his 'Nocilla'-trilogy, recently out in English from Fitzcarraldo Editions.

The world's most ridiculous library ?

??????? ???????, newly opened in St. Petersburg, is certainly an...impressive-looking private library, a cathedral (of some sorts) of books. It's also one that charges an entrance fee: '????????? ???????? ????????? — 7 000 ??????'. Yes,...Show More Summary

Tzvetan Todorov (1939-2017)

Tzvetan Todorov has passed away; see, for example, Sewell Chan's obituary in The New York Times. None of his work is under review at the complete review yet, but The Conquest of America (get your copy at certainly impressed...Show More Summary

Stella Prize longlist

They've announced the longlist for the 2017 Stella Prize -- the A$50,000 "literary award that celebrates Australian women's writing". I haven't seen any of these, and most don't seem to have been published in the US yet; one hopes this...Show More Summary

PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants

They've announced the 2017 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants -- for 15 projects, in 13 different languages, each one subsidized to the tune of US$3,870. Quite a few of these don't have publishers yet, but one hopes this will help a few...Show More Summary

(More) Murakami in Korean

An interesting piece by Colin Marshall at the Los Angeles Review of Books' BLARB weblog, noting that Haruki Murakami Has More Books Out In Korean Than He Ever Will In English. The main reason for the disparity ? "Murakami Industries"...Show More Summary

Copyright © 2015 Regator, LLC