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Some three months ago I reported on the news that Culture Ministry mulling publication of The Colonel in Iran and now it appears the day might really be at hand for Mahmoud Dowlatabadi's The Colonel to reach Iranian audiences, as IBNA...Show More Summary
They've been discussing it for a while, and I've mentioned it several times at the Litrary Saloon, but Israel has now finally passed a 'Book Law' (the Law for the Protection of Literature and Authors in Israel (Temporary Provision),Show More Summary
Canadia author Mavis Gallant, best-know for her stories -- 116 of which were published in The New Yorker, according to The New York Times' obituary -- has passed away. See, for example: Writer Mavis Gallant dies at age 91 by Sandra Martin...Show More Summary
Since I last rounded up reactions to Penguin India's shocking decision to settle out of court and agree to recall and pulp Wendy Doniger's The Hindus: An Alternative History there has been a lot more coverage and commentary. PenguinShow More Summary
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of the second volume of A?mad F?ris al-Shidy?q's Leg Over Leg (II). You should start with volume one, and there are two more to go (coming out soon in NYU Press' wonderful new Library of Arabic Literature series), but, yes, you should get this one too.
Open Letter published Arnon Grunberg's Tirza last year, and was interested in bringing out two more of his novels in translation, De man zonder ziekte (see the Dutch Foundation for Literature information page) and De asielzoeker, but,...Show More Summary
They've announced the winners of the National Arts Merits Awards (NAMAs) in Zimbabwe, and as Stanely Mushava reports in The Herald, Mungoshi, Mabasa share award, as: Charles Mungoshi's Branching Streams Flow in the Dark and IgnatiusShow More Summary
The Literature Translation Institute of Korea has been pretty pro-active in trying to get the word out re. Korean literature, and among their recent efforts is an online library of short Korean works that can be accessed for free --Show More Summary
Thomas Bernhard died twenty-five years ago (on 12 February) -- or not, as Alexander Schimmelbusch has some fun suggesting in his just-published Die Murau Identität, and in Die Zeit he now also offers a reasonably amusing 'comparative analysis' (in German) of modern Austrian greats Bernhard and Peter Handke, in Thomas Bernhard gegen Peter Handke.
The deadline for nominations for the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature -- see who can submit nominations here -- was 31 January, and the Swedish Academy's Nobel point man Peter Englund spills some of the beans at his weblog, in Långa listan...Show More Summary
The Irrawaddy Literary Festival opened yesterday -- though with a last-minute change of venue as, as Douglas Long reports in the Myanmar Times, Literary festival venue changed after ministry cancels permission to use pagoda. So, as Zarni...Show More Summary
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Pascal Garnier's The Panda Theory, now out in the US, too, in its Gallic Books edition. A cross between Simenon and Manchette, this was a real nice little surprise. OneShow More Summary
I mentioned the Translation Prizes a few days ago, before the actual ceremony; now that they've held it the Society of Authors has a useful overview of who won what which includes, where applicable, the runners-up. Meanwhile, at the TLS weblog Adrian Tahourdin reports on the ceremonies and prizes, in 'Translation as Art'.
Via Phys Org I'm pointed to Balázs Kovács and Amanda Sharkey's forthcoming paper in the March issue of Administrative Science Quarterly examining: The Paradox of Publicity: How Awards Can Negatively Affect the Evaluation of Quality (see...Show More Summary
I mentioned Penguin India's shocking decision to recall and pulp Wendy Doniger's The Hindus: An Alternative History yesterday, and it's good to see that there's been a decent amount of media coverage (albeit mainly Indian). Penguin --...Show More Summary
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Dubravka Ugreši?'s Europe in Sepia, just out in English from Open Letter.
Wendy Doniger's The Hindus: An Alternative History isn't a brand new book, but it is back in the news as, shamefully, Penguin India have given up the fight and given in to some locals who claim to be offended by the book (to the extent...Show More Summary
They've announced the winner of the 2014 Hatchet Job of the Year Award (though not yet at the official site, last I checked): as, for example, Alison Flood reports in The Guardian, Hatchet Job of the Year goes to AA Gill for Morrissey...Show More Summary
At Russian Beyond the Headlines Phoebe Taplin looks at Literature on the front lines: Russian writers in the Caucasus conflicts. Of some interest -- but more interesting, surely, would be more about and from authors from the Caucasus -- though at least Dalkey Archive Press' recent Georgian offerings, such as Journey to Karabakh by Aka Morchiladze, are a nice start.
Tomorrow they're handing out the Translation Prizes -- six this year (it varies, as some of the prizes are only biennial or triennial)), in an event organized by the Society of Authors and supported by, among others, the Times Literary...Show More Summary