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Franz Kafka Prize to Margaret Atwood

They've announced that the sometime-Nobel Prize-predicting -- Elfriede Jelinek was named the winner in 2004, Harold Pinter in 2005, and they would go on to win the Nobel later those years -- Cena Franze Kafky will go to Margaret Atwood...Show More Summary

The Candidate review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Zareh Vorpouni's 1967 novel, The Candidate, a translation from the Western Armenian that Syracuse University Press brought out last year.

HKW Internationaler Literaturpreis shortlist

The German Haus der Kulturen der Welt ('House of the Cultures of the World' -- with an address on the John-Foster-Dulles-Allee in Berlin !) have announced (yes, thoughtfully in English, too) the shortlist for this year's Internationaler...Show More Summary

Nádas Péter memoir

At hlo they report on Nádas Péter's new, two-volume, 1200 page memoir, Világló részletek, recently out from jelenkor; see their publicity page. Not your typical memoir, apparently -- it: "doesn't explore too far beyond the writer's childhood",...Show More Summary

The Global Novel review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Adam Kirsch on Writing the World in the 21st Century, in The Global Novel, just out in a nice little volume from new-to-me Columbia Global Reports. (Needless (?) to say,...Show More Summary

Temple of Books

documenta 14 has been going... strong in Athens for a while now, and moves on to home base Kassel soon -- and one of the... big installations there is slated to be Marta Minujín's The Parthenon of Books (a recreation of her 1983 installation...Show More Summary

Jerusalem Prize

They've (apparently) announced that Karl Ove Knausgaard will pick up the biennial Jerusalem Prize at this year's Jerusalem International Book Fair -- not yet at that official site, last I checked (where they claim: "the 2017 Jerusalem...Show More Summary

Adam Zagajewski Q & A

At the Los Angeles Review of Books Louise Steinman has a Q & A with Adam Zagajewski -- whose recent Slight Exaggeration I recently reviewed.

Paper Boats review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of very popular Indonesian author Dee Lestari's Paper Boats, just out from AmazonCrossing.

SIFL report

The Seoul International Forum for Literature just concluded, and in The Korea Times Kwon Mee-yoo reports on the proceedings, in Lightness of literature criticized. I imagine there was a bit more to these discussions, but it's hard to...Show More Summary

Literary translation at Northwestern

At Northwestern Now they have a little feature on literary translation at the university, with brief looks at the work of three translators: Laura Brueck (Hindi), Andrew Leong (Japanese), and Clare Cavanagh (Polish).

Denis Johnson (1949-2017)

As widely reported, American author Denis Johnson (1949-2017) has passed away; see, for example, Danuta Kean's obituary in The Guardian. None of his work is under review at the complete review, but see, for example, differing opinions...Show More Summary

Baloch literature

In The Nation (Pakistan) Masood Hameed Baloch (yes, really) writes that Baloch literature is the repository of love and romanticism. There's certainly not much available in English translation; for an introductory overview, see A Brief Introduction to Balochi Literature (warning ! dreaded pdf format !).

Ilija Trojanow on world literature

The Solothurner Literaturtage have begun, and The Collector of Worlds-author Ilija Trojanow gave the opening talk; in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung they print a slightly abridged version of it (in the original German...), Runter vom Montblanc. He...Show More Summary

Tbilisi International Book Fair

The Tbilisi International Book Fair, in Georgia, runs through Sunday At they have an overview, Tbilisi Book Fair showcases fresh Georgian, foreign literature. With Georgia the 2018 guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair...Show More Summary

Bear review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Marian Engel's notorious 1976 classic, Bear. Yes, it's the book with the bear-sex -- but it's a shame to reduce it to that. Though, hey, whatever gets folk to pick it up..... (And pick it up they seem to: the David R. Godine copy I read was a fresh-off-the-presses eight printing.)

Slovak literature abroad

As "three titles of contemporary Slovak fiction are set to be launched on the Anglophone book market" just now, Eva Andrej?áková reports on How to sell Slovak books to English readers in The Slovak Spectator. Apparently: The main problem...Show More Summary

Prize: Folio Prize

The diminished Folio Prize -- half the money of the original prize, but now open not just to works of fiction but any: "literature, regardless of form" -- has announced that this year's winner is The Return, Hisham Matar's acclaimedShow More Summary

Prize: ACFNY Translation Prize

They've announced that this year's Austrian Cultural Forum New York Translation Prize will go (on 12 October) to Adrian Nathan West, for his translation of Josef Winkler's Die Verschleppung (see, for example. the Suhrkamp foreign rights page).

NSW Premier's Literary Awards

They've announced the winners of this year's NSW Premier's Literary Awards -- in horrible fashion at the official site and equally if differently horribly, in pdf format for the official 'media release'. Book of the year went to a play,...Show More Summary

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