Blog Profile / The Literary Saloon

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Blog Post Archive

Italian Q & A

Always nice to see the foreign press take an interest in the site and what I do, as la Repubblica now run Gianluca Modolo's Q & A with a celebrità del web me.

Success in translation !

The Man Booker International Prize commissioned a report based on Nielsen BookScan numbers in the UK and found that First research on the sales of translated fiction in the UK shows growth and comparative strength of international fiction. The...Show More Summary

Libris Literatuur Prijs

The Libris Literatuur Prijs is one of the leading Dutch novel prizes (and pays out €50,000 to the winner), and they've announced that Jij zegt het, by Connie Palmen, has taken this year's prize. This is a novel about... Ted Hughes and...Show More Summary

A Fine Line review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Gianrico Carofiglio's A Fine Line -- the fifth in his Guido Guerrieri-series, just out from Bitter Lemon Press.

European Writers' Conference

This year's European Writers' Conference is being held today and tomorrow, with a theme of "WritingAwayBorders", with a solid list of participating authors. There will apparently be a manifesto -- but it will only be revealed halfway through the event, tomorrow morning.

Writing in/from ... South East Asia

In The Nation they have a piece (apparently from The Jakarta Post, although I can't find it there) on Awaiting Asean's literary leap, as they bemoan the lack of international recognition for South East Asian writing. Interestingly, they...Show More Summary

Tehran International Book Fair

It's Tehran International Book Fair time -- through 14 May. They're holding it at a new venue this year -- and apparently are really concerned that that goes over well: Tehran Intl. Book Fair warmly received at new venue (despite that...Show More Summary

Masha Regina review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Russian author Vadim Levental's recent Masha Regina, just about out in English from Oneworld

Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize

The Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize honors: "an outstanding literary translation from German into English published in the USA the previous year", and they've now announced that the 2016 prize goes to Daniel Bowles, for his translation...Show More Summary

New World Literature Today

The May-August double issue of World Literature Today is now available online, and well worth your time: of course there's the review section -- always my favorite -- but, among much else, The Vegetarian-author Han Kang also offers A Contemporary Korean Reading List, and there's a Q & A with her.

Austrian Book Prize

Like the Germans, the Austrians have long favored author- over book-prizes -- but the success of the Man Booker has led to imitations worldwide, and after the German Book Prize (launched 2004) and the Swiss Book Prize (launched 2008),...Show More Summary

Georges Perec's first novel

L'Attentat de Sarajevo, Georges Perec's first novel, is finally coming out -- today ! (in French); see the Seuil publicity page or get your copy at; see also, for example, Alice Develey's report in Le Figaro, Le tout premier...Show More Summary

The Story of Manu review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Allasani Peddana's The Story of Manu -- apparently the first translation of this sixteenth-century Telugu classic (and that in a great bilingual edition in the Murty Classical...Show More Summary

Best Translated Book Awards !

They've announced the winners of the Best Translated Book Awards, and the fiction award went to Signs Preceding the End of the World (by Yuri Herrera, translated by Lisa Dillman). (The poetry prize went to Rilke Shake (by Angélica Freitas,...Show More Summary

Tom Stoppard profile

In the Evening Standard Katie Law profiles Tom Stoppard. A bit gossipy (and hair-obsessed -- he: "still has a mane of thick curly hair" (though that photo sure suggests he's getting a bit... threadbare); his latest wife is: "girlishShow More Summary

Paul Auster

Eric Clement had the scoop in La Presse last week but it seems to have (entirely ?) escaped English-language notice so far (or no one cares ?): that we can look forward to Un roman de 925 pages signé Paul Auster, Auster's forthcoming...Show More Summary

Little Girls Breathe the Same Air as We Do review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Oulipo-author Paul Fournel's 1978 novel, Little Girls Breathe the Same Air as We Do. This actually came out in English very quickly, George Braziller publishing it in 1979,...Show More Summary


They've announced that this year's Thomas Mann Prize will go to Jenny Erpenbeck (Visitation, etc.) -- though not yet at the official site, last I checked, so see, for example, the Boersenblatt report. She gets to pick it up on 17 September. The...Show More Summary

Geoff Dyer Q & A

In The Hindu Tishani Doshi has a Q & A with author Geoff Dyer. Among his responses: The real issue for me is not whether it's true or untrue in accordance with what actually happened. But it's to do with form and the expectation of what people give to a certain form.

Xorandor review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Christine Brooke-Rose's 1986 novel, Xorandor -- apparently recently re-issued in a two-for-one volume (with Verbivore) by Verbivoracious Press (though I only have the original Carcanet edition (and what I really wanted was the Avon paperback...)).

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