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A Long Saturday review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Laure Adler's Conversations with George Steiner, A Long Saturday. This just came out, from the University of Chicago Press, and so it's still early days, but it is surprising...Show More Summary

German Book Prize submission number

Like the Man Booker, they won't tell you what titles were submitted (because that would be... well, sensible), but the German Book Prize has announced that a record (by one title, over the previous (2011) high) 174 novels were submitted...Show More Summary

Turkish Delight review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of the new translation of Jan Wolkers' notorious Turkish Delight, just out from Tin House. Sam Garrett translated this -- the second major, major Dutch classic he has out this...Show More Summary

Eighteen years

The first reviews at the complete review were posted eighteen years ago today. Eighteen years ago. Eighteen years, and the 3920th review should go up sometime today. Don't really know what to say about this kind of anniversary. Except for that I have obviously wasted way, way too much time doing this. But, man, the books.....

Publishing in ... Nigeria

In the Sunday Guardian Anote Ajeluorou reports that in Nigeria Book industry reels in debt as publishers, booksellers bicker. An interesting overview -- and a reminder of the importance of publishing/distribution/book-selling infrastructure for a functioning literary market and culture (specifically also in terms of supporting authors).

Shortlist: Wolfson History Prize

They've announced the six-title strong shortlist for the Wolfson History Prize -- with Yale University Press taking half the slots. The prize-winner will get £40,000 -- but, impressively, each finalist gets a very tidy £4,000, which is very high on the also-ran scale.

Shortlist: Women's Prize for Fiction

They've now announced the six-title shortlist for this year's 'Women's Prize for Fiction' -- insert name of sponsor wherever you'd like, I can't keep track any longer.....

Learn 'How to get the Nobel Prize in Literature' at Duke

Nobel Prize in Literature-discussion continues to be inescapable: I had hoped that with the covert meeting where a couple Swedish Academy member allegedly ooohed and aaahed over the gold medal with Dylan at his hotel (see my previous...Show More Summary

Üç Tutku Kitap Kahve Çikolata Festivali

Hands down, this has to be the most inviting book festival concept, the ongoing (through 9 April) Turkish Üç Tutku Kitap Kahve Çikolata Festivali. Three passions indeed: books, coffee, and chocolate -- Turkish coffee, presumably, at that ! That's a pretty good combination -- enough to keep me going... Show More Summary

Radiant Terminus review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Antoine Volodine's Radiant Terminus, recently out from Open Letter. Though a lot about Volodine has appealed to me theoretically for a long time -- post-exoticism, and all...Show More Summary

Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1933-2017)

Russian poet-superstar Yevgeny Yevtushenko has passed away; see, for example, the obituaries in The New York Times and The Guardian. I hadn't realized that the poet -- who thrived in the Soviet Union -- had decamped to... Oklahoma long...Show More Summary

Nobel handover (?)

Members of the Swedish Academy apparently bustled over to Bob Dylan's hotel yesterday to prostrate themselves before their idol ! hallelujah ! hallelujah ! hand-deliver the Nobel medal and diploma; so, anyway, Sara Danius claims at her...Show More Summary

Murakami review

In The Japan Times Daniel Morales finds 'Killing Commendatore': Murakami's latest lacks inspired touch of earlier works, as he reviews Murakami's latest (and not yet translated) novel, ??????. See also Morales' comments at his How To Japanese weblog.

Global Humanities Translation Prize

Via I learn that they've handed out the US$5,000 Global Humanities Translation Prize for the first time, announcing that this prize: "for a translation-in-progress of a non-Western literary or scholarly text" will be shared by: Jason...Show More Summary

Prix Le Point du Polar européen

They've announced the winner of this year's prix Le Point du Polar européen -- a prize for the best European crime novel (if it ain't 'noir' -- it's 'polar'...) published in French (original or translation), which conveniently excludes...Show More Summary

Swedish Academy go all in, fan-girl/boy-wise

Well, why not ? Embrace the ridiculity ! Good for them. At her blog Sara Danius notes -- and shows ! -- she's ready for the Bob Dylan concert(s): I just hope the whole Academy shows up wearing these -- I would love to see that groupShow More Summary

Chinese Culture Translation and Studies Support

At Global Times Zhang Yuchen reports on a New publication to introduce Chinese literature to overseas readers. They held a 'Forum on Overseas Translation and Communication of Famous Works of Contemporary Chinese Literature' (proving,...Show More Summary


With Pushkin Press bringing out Frédéric Dard-titles at a nice, regular clip -- all of which I am reviewing; see, for example, The Executioner Weeps -- he's finally getting some long overdue attention in the US/UK. In France, of course,...Show More Summary

Dylan deigns to meet-'n'-greet the Swedish Academy (?)

As I noted a few days ago, Nobel laureate Bob Dylan will be giving two concerts in Stockholm on the 1st and 2nd of April -- but the Swedish Academy continued to have problems getting in touch with him. Apparently, however, his representatives...Show More Summary

Prix de la Page 112

They've announced the winner of this year's (Woody Allen, Hannah and her Sisters-inspired) prix de la Page 112 -- and it went to Sanglier, by Dominique Rameau (the 70-year-old author's debut), out from Éditions Corti; see their publicity page.

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