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Jean Echenoz profile

In the Times of India they have an IANS profile of Jean Echenoz, I breathe better and freer in India. He's apparently spent a lot of time there -- but, disappointingly: The writer feels connected with the land but denies much familiarity...Show More Summary

Translation from ... Urdu

In Dawn H.M. Naqvi considers The art and craft of translation -- and specifically the Urdu-to-English situation, wondering: "Where is our Gregory Rabassa ?" and noting that: "The old guard [...] has dwindled; the next generation seems...Show More Summary

The Judgement of the Mummy review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Christian Jacq's The Judgement of the Mummy. When I came across this I was surprised to find that there wasn't a US edition, given his popularity; when I finished it... not so much. Who'd have thought ? (certainly not me...) US publishers can, on occasion, be reasonably discerning.

South African Literary Awards

They've announced the winners of this year's South African Literary Awards. There are both book- and author-categories -- the perhaps most noteworthy being the unusual 'Posthumous Literary Award', won this year by TT Cloete and Chris...Show More Summary

19 Ways of Looking at Wang Wei review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of the new, expanded edition -- "(with more ways)" ! -- of Eliot Weinberger's small translation-classic, 19 Ways of Looking at Wang Wei.

Ilse Aichinger (1921-2016)

Leading Austrian author Ilse Aichinger has passed away; see, for example, the DeutscheWelle report Her classic The Greater Hope was released in a new translation (the previous one, Herod's Children, appeared back in 1963 and has long...Show More Summary

Leopoldo Alas reviews

New York Review Books recently released His Only Son, a two-in-one volume of Margaret Jull Costa's new translations of the nineteenth century title novel and a novella by Leopoldo Alas -- writing as: 'Clarín' --, and these are the most recent additions to the complete review : His Only Son Doña Berta

Dubravka Ugreši?'s Neustadt Prize

The wonderful Dubravka Ugreši? got to pick up her Neustadt International Prize for Literature last week, and at the Literary Hub they have her acceptance speech, "Who am I, Where am I, and Whose am I ?" Also at the Literary Hub, Chad...Show More Summary

ECI Literatuurprijs

Formerly the AKO, now the ECI Literatuurprijs, it's the big Dutch literary prize -- and they've announced that the first winner (in this name/incarnation) is Rivieren, by Martin Michael Driessen -- apparently a popular choice, since it also took the readers' prize. See also the Dutch Foundation for Literature information page, or G.A. van Oorschot publicity page.

Translation in ... India

At The Critical Flame Mini Krishnan and Bhanumati Mishra have a conversation 'on Publishing Indian Translation', covering a lot of the relevant issues.

Literary prize: Österreichischer Buchpreis

After the German Book Prize (started 2005) and the (limited to German titles) Swiss Book Prize (2008), the Austrians decided they needed one all their own too (though Swiss and Austrian-authored titles are in fact also eligible for the...Show More Summary

Literary prize: Nordic Council Literature Prize

I'm embarrassed that I completely missed this when it was announced last week -- despite the fact that more titles that have won this prize are under review at the complete review than Pulitzer and (American) National Book Award winners...Show More Summary

Literary prize: Goldsmiths Prize

They've announced that the Goldsmiths Prize -- 'awarded to a book that is deemed genuinely novel and which embodies the spirit of invention that characterizes the genre at its best' -- goes to Solar Bones, by Mike McCormack -- apparently...Show More Summary

Proust(ish) questionnaire: Chetan Bhagat

The Hindu has a now-"weekly feature that derives its name from French writer Marcel Proust, whose personality-revealing responses to these questions went on to popularise this form of celebrity confession", and the most recent one of...Show More Summary

Prime Minister's Literary Awards

They've announced the winners of this year's (Australian) Prime Minister's Literary Awards, with several of the categories (fiction; non; Australian history) splitting the prize.

Literary potential

Mario Vargas Llosa picked up an honorary degree from De La Salle University, and Marc Jayson Cayabyab reports on that in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, in Vargas Llosa on defeating dictators with literature. Good for Vargas Llosa for...Show More Summary

Memoirs of a Polar Bear review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Tawada Yoko's Memoirs of a Polar Bear, just out in the US from New Directions (with UK edition to follow from Portobello in March).

Peter Weiss at 100

Today is the centenary of Peter Weiss' birth -- and it's good to see, for example, performances of Marat/Sade at both Adelphi University (8 through 13 November) and Temple University (9 through 19 November). (Those planned performances...Show More Summary

Giller Prize

They've announced that Do Not Say We Have Nothing (by Madeleine Thien) has won this year's Canadian Scotiabank Giller Prize -- less than two weeks after taking a Governor General's Literary Award See also, for example, the W.W.Norton publicity page, or get your copy at or

Grand prix de littérature américaine

Apparently not trusting Americans to be able to pick their own best books, the French award a 'Grand prix de littérature américaine' -- and they've now announced this year's winner, Preparation for the Next Life (by Atticus Lish). See also, for example, the Oneworld publicity page, or get your copy at or

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