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Arno Schmidt reviewed

I am very pleased to see that my little monograph, Arno Schmidt: a centennial colloquy, is reviewed, by Stefan Hoppner, in the most recent issue (89.2 (Spring 2016)) of The German Quarterly. It's not freely accessible online -- but you...Show More Summary

Tropic Moon review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Georges Simenon's 1933 novel, Tropic Moon -- his first book set outside Europe, colored by his visit to Africa the year before, and as feverishly bleak as anything he wrote.

Le Clézio in South Korea

Nobel laureate and long-time (South) Korean lit. fan J.M.G.Le Clézio was back in town (Seoul) again, and gave a lecture on 'Korea, a Culture of Desires', and in The Korea Herald Rumy Doo reports on the event. So, for example: He also...Show More Summary

Manga museum

Apparently benefitting from desperate Japanese government efforts to plow money into the far reaches of the economy -- and, hey, it's better than the usual bridge-to-nowhere construction projects they pour so much into -- the Akita manga...Show More Summary

Griffin Poetry Prizes

They've announced the winners of the Griffin Poetry Prizes, with The Quotations of Bone (by Norman Dubie) taking the International prize, and Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent (by Liz Howard) the Canadian one. The winners each received C$65,000 in prize money. Nice also to see Adam Zagajewski pick up the Lifetime Recognition Award, 2016.

In Other Words review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Jhumpa Lahiri's In Other Words -- the book she wrote in, and about writing in, Italian. Neat that the English edition is a bilingual one, the original text of In altre parole facing Ann Goldstein's English translation. Not so neat: that the translation copyright is: "© by Alfred A Knopf".

Rentrée Littéraire preview

Still a few weeks until the big flood of books of the French 'rentrée littéraire' is upon us, but the Sur la route de Jostein-weblog has a useful (title-)overview of what's coming -- arranged by publisher.

Litprom 'Weltempfänger'

Litprom have announced their most recent 'Weltempfänger'-best list, their recommended titles, in German translation, of Asian, African, and Latin American works -- always interesting to see. Unfortunately -- because they're not thatShow More Summary

Christiana Hills Q & A

At the new Open Letters Monthly Steve Danziger has Rabbit Trails into History: An interview with translator Christiana Hills -- the translator, most recently, of Oulipo-author Michèle Audin's One Hundred Twenty-One Days.

Brandes's Decision review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Eduard Márquez's Catalan novel, Brandes's Decision, coming out from Hispabooks.

Peter Owen (1927-2016)

As reported at the official site, publisher Peter Owen has passed away. He was responsible for an impressive and interesting list -- and many of the Peter Owen titles are under review at the complete review.

Alaa al-Aswany Q & A

At Deutsche Welle Sabine Peschel has a Q & A with The Yacoubian Building-author Alaa al-Aswany.

Tamil literature

In The Hindu Madhumitha Dhanasekaran has a piece on Legends of Tamil literature, helpfully introducing several leading authors and offering 'Our picks' of their major works. Sounds good -- except that you won't find these titles at your local bookstore, or, indeed, in most cases anywhere, at least in English.....

Farewell my Friend review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Rabindranath Tagore's 1929 novel, Farewell my Friend. The 1913 Nobel laureate is best known as a poet, but he also wrote quite a bit of fiction, including several novels...Show More Summary

Prémio Camões

They've announced that this year's Prémio Camões -- the leading Portuguese-language author prize -- will go to Raduan Nassar; see, for example, the report at Globo (with a convenient full list of previous winners at the end). Penguin...Show More Summary

David Tod Roy (1933-2016)

David Tod Roy has passed away; he is best-known for his translation of the classic Chinese novel The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei; see the Princeton University Press publicity page (for volume one), or get your copy atShow More Summary

Prettiest German books

Stiftung Buchkunst have announced the prettiest German books 2016 -- twenty-five titles selected from 788 submissions; the official prize ceremony will be on 8 September. Some interesting titles among the honored titles -- and also interesting...Show More Summary

Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist

They've announced the shortlist for the (Australian) Miles Franklin Literary Award. There's still quite a wait until they announce the winner of the A$60,000 prize -- on 26 August.

The Queue review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Basma Abdel Aziz's The Queue, just out from Melville House. Some nice related coverage in The New York Times today too, as Alexandra Alter reports that Abdel Aziz and other Middle Eastern Writers Find Refuge in the Dystopian Novel.

Writing from ... Indonesia

With Indonesia as the Guest of Honour at last year's Frankfurt Book Fair there has been a bit more international coverage -- and more translations than usual (still only a handful, but still...) -- of the local literature, and in The...Show More Summary

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