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The Librarian review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Mikhail Elizarov's The Librarian, winner of the 2008 Russian Booker Prize and just out in English from Pushkin Press.

Tomas Tranströmer (1931-2015)

2011 Nobel laureate Tomas Tranströmer has passed away; see, for example, The New York Times' obituary. Only one of his titles is under review at the complete review : Memories Look at Me.

Tom McCarthy Q & A

The Globe and Mail has a short Q & A with Tom McCarthy (Remainder, etc.). Fun to see him rag of Thomas Hardy.

Dorthe Nors on short-story-form

Karate Chop-author Dorthe Nors 'reflects on the beauty of the short story form' at PEN Atlas, in A form close to home. I've always been a novel-man, through and through, but I'm surprised to find my lack of interest in the story-form...Show More Summary

Latvijas Literat?ras gada finalists

They've announced the finalists for the Latvijas Literat?ras gada -- the Latvian Literary Awards. Always interesting to see what the local talent is doing (among the names: Inga ?bele, whose High Tide has been published in English by...Show More Summary

Translating from ... Chinese

At The Millions Barclay Bram Shoemaker writes on Literary Prowess Lost: On Mo Yan's 'Frog' and the Trouble with Translation -- well worth a look. Get your copy of Frog at or

Uday Prakash Q & A

At Music & Literature translator Jason Grunebaum has A Conversation with Uday Prakash. The two Grunebaum-translated works available in English are under review at the complete review : The Girl with the Golden Parasol and The Walls of Delhi.

Hohenemser Literaturpreis

They've announced this year's winner of the biennial Hohenemser Literaturpreis, a prize for German-writing authors whose mother tongue is not German, and this year the €10,000 prize will go to Que Du Luu; she will pick up her prize on...Show More Summary

Peter Pišt'anek (1960-2015)

Very sad to hear that Slovak author Peter Pišt'anek is dead, having reportedly: "left the world in silence and voluntarily"; see, for example, the report in The Slovak Spectator. His Rivers of Babylon-trilogy is very good and deserves...Show More Summary

Premio Alfaguara de Novela

They've announced the winner of this year's Premio Alfaguara de Novela -- not the biggest Spanish-language book prize, but at US$175,000 and with a solid list of previous winners, certainly worth paying some attention to. The winning...Show More Summary

Orwell Prize longlists

They've announced the Orwell Prize longlists -- which includes the twelve-title book-prize longlist. (The prize(s) are apparently: "Britain's most prestigious prize for political writing".) One of the titles is actually under review at the complete review, In the Light of What We Know, by Zia Haider Rahman.

The Knight and His Shadow review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Boubacar Boris Diop's The Knight and His Shadow. Diop will be part of the PEN World Voices Festival in New York in May, and it's great to see this book available in time...Show More Summary

Walter Scott Prize shortlist

They've announced the shortlist for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. I like the prize-premise, and there are some big names left in the running -- though none are under review at the complete review yet.

Man Booker International Prize finalists

They've announced the ten finalists for the biennial Man Booker International Prize (previously won by Lydia Davis (2013), Philip Roth (2011), Alice Munro (2009), Chinua Achebe (2007), and Ismail Kadaré (2005)). They are -- along with...Show More Summary

Russian literature

Rather (over-)dramatically, Owen Matthews asks: Is Russian Literature Dead ? at Foreign Policy. The focus turns out to be more on the dismal sales-figures of -- and limited public interest in -- contemporary Russian literature abroad. Of...Show More Summary

Supernova review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Dewi Lestari's Supernova: The Knight, the Princess and the Falling Star. With Indonesia the guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair this fall, Indonesian literature should...Show More Summary

The Folio Prize

They've announced the winner of the 2015 Folio Prize, the £40,000 alternative-Man Booker "open to all works of fiction written in English and published in the UK", and it's Family Life (by Akhil Sharma); see, for example, the reportShow More Summary

The last 100 reviews

Another hundred titles reviewed at the complete review, as we're up to (and now already beyond) 3500 -- so it's time again to break down the numbers. - Reviews 3401-3500 were covered over the course of 172 days (previous hundred: 181). -...Show More Summary

Publishing in ... South Korea

In The Korea Herald Ahn Sung-mi reports on Voicing diversity through books, noting that while the state of bookselling in South Korea seems to be worrisome, independent publishing is flourishing. Amazingly: The number of registered publishers...Show More Summary

Prix Mac Orlan

At the Salon du livre they awarded this year's prix Mac Orlan to La langue des oiseaux by Claudie Hunzinger (see the Grasset publicity page); see, for example, the Livres Hebdo report Maybe not one of the major French prizes -- though...Show More Summary

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