Blog Profile / The Literary Saloon

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Blog Post Archive

Invisible Hands review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Stig Sæterbakken's Invisible Hands, one of two Sæterbakken novels Dalkey Archive Press is bringing out this summer. I hope it doesn't slip through the cracks.....

Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

They've announced the winner of the 2016 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, and it is Tightrope (by Simon Mawer). See also the Other Press publicity page, and get your copy at or

Maltese literature

The University of Malta (or, as it is more appealingly called in Maltese, L-Università ta' Malta) has launched a 'Diploma in Maltese Literature' (meaning, apparently, that there previously was not the possibility to get a degree in Maltese...Show More Summary

A.F.Th. van der Heijden goes serial

NRC Boeken have announced that a new novel by A.F.Th. van der Heijden, President Tsaar op Obama Beach, -- about MH17, the Malaysia Airlines flight shot down over Ukraine in 2014 (with many Dutch passengers on board) -- will be serialized...Show More Summary

Abahn Sabana David review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Marguerite Duras' 1970 novel, Abahn Sabana David, now available in English for the first time, from Open Letter.

Review of The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction

I'm very pleased to see Colin Harrington's review in The Berkshire Edge of my The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction -- including the conclusion: This book will be exchanged and borrowed and talked about in reading circles...Show More Summary

Shakespeare's First Folio review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Emma Smith on Four Centuries of an Iconic Book, Shakespeare's First Folio, just out from Oxford University Press. Somewhat confusingly, Smith has also just come out with...Show More Summary

Translations from ... Taiwan

At Taiwan Today they briefly discuss how Translation project expands reach of Taiwan literature, as: Sixteen books by Taiwan authors have been translated into English, French, Japanese, Korean and Swedish as part of efforts by National...Show More Summary

New Hungarian books

At hlo they have a (far-too-small) sampling of recent Hungarian books (recent in Hungary that is -- and not close to English translation, sigh) from prominent (in Hungary...) authors. Esterházy Péter registers even in the US/UK (TheShow More Summary

A.B.Yehoshua 'By the Book'

The New York Times Book Review's 'By the Book' Q & A this weekend features A.B.Yehoshua, who proves himself to be almost comically conservative in his reading habits -- there's nary a present-day author in sight here, at least until the very end, when he -- warily ? -- claims his next bookstore purchase will be... Show More Summary

Charlotte Salomon movie

I recently reviewed David Foenkinos' mega-bestselling 2014 prix Renaudot-winning novel about artist Charlotte Salomon, Charlotte, and now they've announced that Bibo Bergeron Set to Direct 'Charlotte Salomon' Animated Biopic, based on...Show More Summary

Alpine Ballad review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Belarusian author Vasil Bykau's Alpine Ballad, in a new (and uncensored) translation, just out from Glagoslav.

Princess of Asturias Award for Literature

The Princess of Asturias Awards used to be the Prince of Asturias Awards, until they promoted the guy to 'king of Spain' and had to hand them off to the princess; they are awarded in a variety of categories, including 'Sports' and 'International...Show More Summary

'Emerging Voices Awards' longlist

The FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards are a bit odd -- they're: "open to passport holders of emerging nations in three categories", but only certain regions for each category, e.g. only Latin American and Caribbean artists in...Show More Summary

Lois Duncan (1934-2016)

American YA author Lois Duncan has passed away; see for example the rap sheet mention. Not much YA under review at the complete review, but two Duncan titles are: Killing Mr. Griffin and I Know What You Did Last Summer (both of which were also made into films).

New Quarterly Conversation

Issue 44 - Summer 2016 of the Quarterly Conversation is now available online, with the usual interesting mix of titles covered -- check it out !

Gregory Rabassa (1922-2016)

Translator Gregory Rabassa -- best-known as the translator of the Gabriel García Márquez classic, One Hundred Years of Solitude -- has passed away; see, for example, Matt Schudel's obituary in The Washington Post -- or Thomas Hoeksema's...Show More Summary

Internationaler Literaturpreis HKW

The Internationaler Literaturpreis - Haus der Kulturen der Welt is a leading German prize for a book-in-translation, with the winning author receiving €20,000 and the translator €15,000 (not quite Man Booker International Prize money,...Show More Summary

Premio Gregor von Rezzori

The Premio Gregor von Rezzori - Città di Firenze "is awarded is [sic] for the best work of foreign fiction published in Italy within the last year", and they've announced that Blinding, by Mircea C?rt?rescu, has taken this year's prize,...Show More Summary

Raja Rao archive

They've announced that the Harry Ransom Center Acquires Archive of Indian Author Raja Rao -- though the 'acquisition' was a cheap one: apparently the archive was donated by the estate. (Given what some writer's archives have gone for,...Show More Summary

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