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Asl? Erdo?an, stuck in Turkey

The City in Crimson Cloak-author Asl? Erdo?an is to receive the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Prize on 22 September -- but the Turkish authorities have nixed her receiving it in person, withholding her passport and thus preventing her from...Show More Summary

'Partition and Bangladeshi literature'

In the Daily Star Kaiser Haq offers a useful overview of Partition and Bangladeshi literature -- including some works in English, and actually US/UK-available.....

For Two Thousand Years review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Mihail Sebastian's 1934 novel, For Two Thousand Years, which Penguin brought out in the UK -- to much acclaim -- last year, and which is now forthcoming from Other Press...Show More Summary

Mountain Echoes

The Bhutanese Mountain Echoes literary festival ran 24 through 27 August and even beyond the locale looks to have been quite impressive. At Kuensel Karma Cheki noted Bhutanese authors outnumber foreign participants in Mountain Echoes, while the IANS report (here at the Business Standard) sums up, And the mountains echoed: Mountain Echoes Literary Festival ends.

Christopher Okigbo, 50 years on

Labyrinths-author Christopher Okigbo passed away fifty years ago but as, for example, they report at Vanguard, The masters' gathering for the 50th year of Christopher Okigbo legacy as a conference on the great poet is planned at theShow More Summary

Favourite Dicks

In The Observer they have the impressive trio of Nicola Barker, Michael Moorcock, and Adam Roberts write about The Philip K Dick book I love most..., a nice introduction to the writer and some of his most significant work. I read more...Show More Summary

Pamuk on teaching

The Los Angeles Times has an op-ed by Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk, in which he admits: Sometimes, to teach a novel feels like a betrayal of literature.

For Isabel review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of A Mandala by Antonio Tabucchi, the posthumously published For Isabel, now available in English, from Archipelago Books.

Jan Michalski Foundation profile

The Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature is an impressive literary center, in a lovely Swiss locale, and at swissinfo Domhnall O'Sullivan now profiles it, in Treehouses of language: inside a Swiss literature foundation. Focused...Show More Summary

The top 112 (!) Russian writers ?

Alexandra Guzeva apparently had some time on her hands this summer, and now at Russia Beyond the Headlines she lists what she considers the top 112 Russian writers ranging from great, to absolutely freaking great. An editor's note does...Show More Summary

New World Literature Today

The September/October issue of World Literature Today is out -- ideal weekend reading. The theme is 'Lives/Interrupted.' Of particular interest, as always: the extensive book review section !

Wilhelm Raabe-Literaturpreis shortlist

They've announced the shortlist for Wilhelm Raabe-Literaturpreis -- a € 30,000 German novel prize that's overshadowed by the German Book Prize (though winners include titles such as Christian Kracht's Imperium (2012), Sibylle Lewitscharoff's...Show More Summary

Karimayi review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Chandrasekhar Kambar's Karimayi, just out from Seagull Books.

Calligraphing the Divine Comedy

This is a pretty neat project: Le forme degli accenti -- 'The Shape of Accents' -- is: 'a visual reading of the Divine Comedy', with twenty-four calligraphers transcribing the first 21 lines of Dante's classic -- in a variety of languages. At...Show More Summary

Bestselling in ... Hindi

India Education Diary reports that Bestseller Tracked Down in Hindi for the First Time; Top 10 Books Announced in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Translation. No actual numbers, but at least a sense of what is best-selling in Hindi. Only one...Show More Summary

Jan Michalski Prize shortlist

They've announced the 'second selection of the jury' for this year's Jan Michalski Prize, the five-title strong short- (but not shortest ?) list for this intriguing international literature prize. Remaining in the running are both Thierry...Show More Summary

I Hear Your Voice review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Kim Young-ha's I Hear Your Voice, just out in English.

Speaking ...

A reminder that I'll be speaking at the Trinity Church Parish House in Lenox, Massachusetts, tomorrow at 17:00; see e.g.. Basically about 'writers and translation' -- should be interesting, I think.....

'Glossing Africa'

An interesting piece at The New York Review of Books' NYRDaily weblog, as Namwali Serpell writes about Glossing Africa, noting that: Whenever African writers are on a panel together, we are asked about the continent as a whole -- its...Show More Summary

Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival

The Festival Mediterranju tal-Letteratura ta' Malta starts tomorrow, with an interesting line-up of authors, mainly from 'small' countries -- including Tunisia, Luxembourg, Latvia, and Burma. At the Times of Malta they also have a preview, Twelve writers for literature festival.

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