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Boxes review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Pascal Garnier's Boxes, from Gallic Books. This is the seventh Garnier title under review at the complete review -- the whole, very attractive Gallic set -- and, honestly, who can ever get enough of Garnier ?

Fall Quarterly Conversation

The Fall 2015 issue of the Quarterly Conversation is now up, with a good amount of interesting material (and reviews of quite a few books also under review at the complete review ).

Q & A: Natasha Wimmer

At the Asymptote blog Katrine Øgaard Jensen's Translator's Profile Q & A this week is with Natasha Wimmer -- translator of, among much else, Roberto Bolaño's The Savage Detectives and 2666. The description of her forthcoming translation,...Show More Summary

Q & A: Shahriar Mandanipour

At Little Village James C. Yu has an Interview: Iranian novelist-in-exile Shahriar Mandanipour on love, censorship and wearing religiosity like a hijab. Mandanipour is the author of Censoring an Iranian Love Story.

Comrade Sahib review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Rohit Handa's 1977 novel, Comrade Sahib. I picked this up because... well, when you stumble across a book like this, which you know you're unlikely ever to stumble across...Show More Summary

Chateaubriand, beyond the tomb

François-René de Chateaubriand is best-known for his Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb (get your copy of the Penguin Classics edition at or, and in France there's a fun legal case about what is apparently: "the only...Show More Summary

Metro-lit in India

The Sahitya Akademi is the Indian National Academy of Letters, and as Manoj Sharma reports in the Hindustan Times, Metro station takes literary turn with Sahitya Akademi stores -- so that now: Delhi Metro is becoming a hub of literature...Show More Summary

Tonio review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Adri van der Heijden's Tonio: A Requiem Memoir, just out in the UK and Australia (but not, sigh, in the US) from Scribe. Odds and ends about this: The author's name is Adrianus...Show More Summary

Writing in ... Kenya

In the Daily Nation Tom Odhiambo argues that there's way too much moaning about the state of literature in Kenya, and much of it is unfounded, in Stop the criticism and do some actual literary work. Certainly good to hear about: "many novels, plays and poetry anthologies in Kiswahili that litter bookshelves in this country".

Mbokodo Awards

The Mbokodo Awards honor South African women in the arts in a variety of categories, and they've now announced the 2015 winners -- not at the official site, last I checked, but, for example, at the Books Live blog, and Zoo City-author Lauren Beukes won the Creative Writing award.

Wilhelm-Raabe-Literaturpreis shortlist

The Germans, as I've often noted, favor author- over book-prizes, and while the Man Booker-imitation German Book Prize wasn't the first to try to change the focus to an annual work, rather than a career, it quickly became the best-known. The...Show More Summary


It sounds rather... grimmer than, say, Disney World®?, but in Kassel -- yes, documenta central, as immortalized in Enrique Vila-Matas The Illogic of Kassel -- is now home to a new theme park, Grimmwelt. Dedicated to the Brothers Grimm, and their tales. Lots of material to work with, anyway.....

Writing in ... (South) Korea

In The Korea Times Kwon Mee-yoo suggests the fallout from the plagiarism scandal surrounding Please Look After Mom-author Shin Kyung-sook -- among others -- is still reverberating, in Scandals reshape publishing world. Apparently, however,...Show More Summary

Man Booker bump/nudge

In The Bookseller Kiera O'Brien and Sarah Shaffi look at the sales numbers for the Man Booker longlisted titles -- and find Tyler is top-selling Man Booker longlisted title. While it shouldn't surprise any longer, it still does: books...Show More Summary

Scarlett Thomas, not in the US

Scarlett Thomas has been among the more interesting British authors to follow in recent years, and several of her books are under review at the complete review : Dead Clever The End of Mr. Y Going Out Our Tragic Universe PopCo ThereShow More Summary

Giller Prize longlist

They've announced the longlist for this year's C$$100,000 (Canadian) Scotiabank Giller Prize. None of the titles are under review at the complete review ; indeed, I haven't seen any of them.

Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalists

They've announced the finalists for this year's Dayton Literary Peace Prizes, in fiction and non. The $10,000 prize is for books: "that have led readers to a better understanding of other cultures, peoples, religions, and political points of view". None of the titles are under review at the complete review ; indeed, I haven't seen any of them.

The Private Lives of Plants review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Lee Seung-U's The Private Lives of Plants, forthcoming from Dalkey Archive Press in their Library of Korean Literature.

Prize desperation

Apparently the desperation of authors for prize-recognition knows no bounds: one would think the estimable Dazai Osamu would have both known better and not shown quite such obvious desperation, but, as Maiko Itagaki reports in the Asahi...Show More Summary

Volker Braun archive

The German Akademie der Künste has announced the acquisition of the archive of the great Volker Braun (Rubble Flora, etc.). (No word as to how much they paid -- and it's unclear whether the archive-gobbling Harry Ransom Center made a...Show More Summary

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