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Translations from the German, French, and Dutch

Some recent pieces with overviews of recent translations (and books-that-should-be-translated) of interest: - At Publishing Perspectives Riky Stock looks at 12 Books Translated from Dutch and Flemish to Know Before Frankfurt (since the...Show More Summary

K?esadlo's ???????????í?

As I mentioned yesterday, I just reviewed Jan K?esadlo's GraveLarks -- central to which is an 'Ode to Stalin', written in... Homeric Greek (see it here), which the author was apparently quite adept at. How adept ? Well, he wrote an entire...Show More Summary

Elena Ferrante unmasked ?

'Elena Ferrante' is, famously, a pseudonym, but Claudio Gatti thinks he's identified who is behind it, and in a report co-published by Il Sole 24 Ore, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Mediapart, and The New York Review of Books' NYRDaily...Show More Summary

Chika Unigwe Q & A

In the Premium Times Chiedu Ezeanah has a Q & A with Chika Unigwe: When Trepidation Hones the Imagination Into Literary Gems. Really sad to hear: Have you ever thought about writing and publishing in Igbo ? No. Apart from the very practical...Show More Summary

Blood Wedding review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Pierre Lemaitre's Blood Wedding, just out in English.

Kashmiri literature

In the Sunday Guardian Akshay Sharma considers Kashmiri literature and some of its great moments. A decent overview/introduction -- though of course it's disappointing to hear: One area where Kashmiri literature has lagged behind, according to [Dr Gauri Shankar] Raina, is the genre of novels. Show More Summary

Ivan Klíma Q & A

At the Los Angeles Review of Books they have Defying Death in Absurdistan: An Interview with Ivan Klíma by Stephan Delbos. Klíma of course figures in my The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction, but only one of his works...Show More Summary

GraveLarks review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Jan K?esadlo's GraveLarks, another impressive find from Czech-based Jantar Publishing. (The Czech original was published in 1984, by Josef Škvorecký's legendary Toronto-based Sixty Eight Publishers (see, for example, this overview).)

Nobel Prize in Literature to be announced 13 October (?)

In my first preview of this year's Nobel Prize in Literature I figured that the Swedish Academy was pretty likely to continue the trend of recent years, of announcing the winner in the same week as those in most of the other Nobels -- i.e. Show More Summary

Books in translation in ... the UK

In The Guardian Paula Erizanu finds that Translated book sales are up, but Britain is still cut off from foreign literature.

Literary prizes in ... Kenya

They announced the winners of the Wahome Mutahi Literary Prize 2016 last week, and in the Daily Nation Joseph Ngunjiri suggests these Prizes a glimpse into sorry state of Kenyan literature. The problem ? The same authors keep winning,...Show More Summary

(American) National Translation Awards shortlists

The American Literary Translators Association has announced its shortlists for the National Translation Awards -- and several of the titles are under review at the complete review : - In the Poetry category: Minute-Operas by Frédéric...Show More Summary

The Invisibility Cloak review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Ge Fei's The Invisibility Cloak, a contemporary Chinese novel(la), just (about) out from New York Review Books.

Peter Weiss, nearing 100

Local favorite (with a dozen of his books under review) Peter Weiss was born 8 November 1916, so centenary-time is quickly approaching. Getting things started is the Peter Weiss 100 festival at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, which runs throughShow More Summary

Goldsmiths Prize shortlist

They've announced the six-title-strong shortlist for this year's Goldsmiths Prize -- "awarded to a book that is deemed genuinely novel and which embodies the spirit of invention that characterizes the genre at its best". None of theShow More Summary

The Wicked Go To Hell review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Frédéric Dard's The Wicked Go To Hell -- another in the Dard-series Pushkin Press is bringing out. It's great to see these, but this one is kind of overshadowed by the film it is based on (yes, it's sort of a 'novelisation').

FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices awards

They've announced the winners of this year's FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices awards, with Eka Kurniawan's Man Tiger winning the fiction prize (which this year was limited to writers from qualifying 'Asia-Pacific' countries); see also Ben Bland's piece on Eka Kurniawan, winner, Emerging Voices 2016 Fiction Award

Constantijn Huygens-prijs

The Constantijn Huygens-prijs is probably the leading Dutch author-prize, with most (if not quite all) of the major post-war Dutch (and Flemish) writers having won it, and they've now announced that Atte Jongstra has won this year'sShow More Summary

Conclave review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Roberto Pazzi's papal-election novel from 2001, Conclave. I am very much looking forward to The Ghost- (etc.) author Robert Harris' own Conclave -- just out in the UK; coming...Show More Summary

Literary prize: Newman Prize for Chinese Literature

The first Newman Prize for Chinese Literature went to Sandalwood Death-author Mo Yan in 2009 -- three years before he won the Nobel Prize -- and the four others who have gone on to win this biennial author-prize are pretty impressive...Show More Summary

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