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(More) Murakami in Korean

An interesting piece by Colin Marshall at the Los Angeles Review of Books' BLARB weblog, noting that Haruki Murakami Has More Books Out In Korean Than He Ever Will In English. The main reason for the disparity ? "Murakami Industries"...Show More Summary

The Executioner Weeps review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of another dark Frédéric Dard novel, The Executioner Weeps, forthcoming from Pushkin Press (and bless them for bringing these Dards out at a steady clip !). One of the recent...Show More Summary

A Tale of Four Dervishes enthusiasm

There's an IANS report (here at the Business Standard) about The fairytale that launched India's literary renaissance -- Mir Amman's classic that is actually also available as a Penguin Classic (and that I reviewed) as A Tale of Four Dervishes. Well worth a look, indeed.

Dritëro Agolli (1931-2017)

Albanian author Dritëro Agolli has passed away; see, for example, the Xinhua report at the Global Times (yeah, English-language coverage has been... limited). For those of you wondering how darn complete my The Complete Review GuideShow More Summary

The Last of the Empire review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of A Senegalese Novel by Sembene Ousmane, The Last of the Empire. I can see that this is a book of (and past) its time, but I'm still surprised by how unmentioned/discussed...Show More Summary

Translation in ... India

In the Sunday Guardian Nirmala Govindarajan writes about Speaking in tongues: Literary translation as a work of art. Something I haven't heard much discussions of is: "One bit that needs more exploring," adds writer, columnist, translator...Show More Summary

Alasdair Gray art

The great Alasdair Gray is featured in the Winter 2016 issue of The Paris Review, with a (not yet fully freely available) 'The Art of Fiction ' Q & A, and at The Paris Review's the Daily Caitlin Love also offers a brief look -- with examples ! -- at his paintings, in Drawing and Imagining -- always worth a look.

Human Rites review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Amélie Nothomb's play, Human Rites. That's the twentieth Nothomb title under review at the complete review, as I am getting close to plugging the (older) backlist holes (Attentat next !). It's also one with surprisingly many English-language reviews -- albeit for the stage-production, rather than the print version.

German translation subsidies

Always interesting to see what foreign literature is subsidized elsewhere, and in Germany Litprom -- supporting African, Asian, Latin American, and Arabic literature -- have announced their most recent subsidies -- though it's a poor...Show More Summary

Bangkok City Library

The Bangkok City Library (no official site ?) is, amazingly, apparently opening early, the big project due to be finished two months early and opening next month; see Supoj Wancharoen's Bangkok Post report, Ambitious library to carry...Show More Summary

Bookselling success

In The Guardian Claire Armitstead looks at Balancing the books: how Waterstones came back from the dead, describing how the chain changed its fortunes. No surprise that thinking -- and empowering -- local seems to have been a major factor.


As, for example, Olivia Ho reports in the Straits Times, there's a New movement to get Singaporeans to buy local books -- a campaign that: "will feature a weekend of islandwide literary activities" from 24 to 26 February, #BuySingLit. I'm...Show More Summary

Yokoyama Hideo profile

Yokoyama Hideo's Six Four, already out in the UK, is due out in the US next week, and in The New York Times Motoko Rich profiles the author, in A Japanese Crime Thriller in Which Crime Is the Least of It. Among the titbits of interest:...Show More Summary

Fever review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Samaresh Basu's Fever. The English translation of this 1977 novel came out in India in 2011, but Seagull Books have now brought out a US/UK edition.

(Not bestselling) Hebrew literature in Israel

In the Forward Aviya Kushner explains Why Israel's Bestseller List Is a Threat to Hebrew Literature, arguing: Books in translation increasingly dominate Israel's best-seller list, and some see a serious threat to Hebrew-language writers...Show More Summary

Bharati Mukherjee (1940-2017)

Indian-American author Bharati Mukherjee has passed away; see, for example, the obituary by William Grimes in The New York Times. Her The Middleman won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction; see the Grove Press publicity page, or get your copy at

Latin American Literature Today

World Literature Today has announced that they've launched a: "fully bilingual, quarterly online publication", Latin American Literature Today, and the first issue looks great: check it out in either the English or Spanish version. (And wouldn't it be cool if they kept launching other local Literature Todays... ?)

Whitbread Costa Book Award

They announced the category winners a couple of weeks ago, and now they've announced the overall winner, the Whitbread Costa Book of the Year -- and it goes to Days Without End by Sebastian Barry, which had been the 'Novel'-categoryShow More Summary

Chad Post Q & A

With Three Percent closing in on its tenth anniversary (this is the oldest post I could dig up, dated 14 June 2007, at the not easily reconstructable archives...) Maria Eliades offers The Three Percent 10 Years Later: An Interview with...Show More Summary

Singularity Sky review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Charles Stross' Singularity Sky.

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