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30 May 2017 - Tuesday

HKW Internationaler Literaturpreis shortlist
Nádas Péter memoir | The Global Novel review

       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 Literaturpreis, a generous (€35,000 -- €20,000 for the author and €15,000 for the translator !) prize for: "an outstanding work of contemporary international literature that has been translated into German for the first time":.
       Among the six finalists are two that have done quite well in their English translations as well -- Han Kang's The Vegetarian and Fiston Mwanza Mujila's Tram 83.
       See also Sabine Peschel's Deutsche Welle report, Prophetic world literature: International Lit Prize shortlist in touch with the times.
       The winner will be announced 6 July.

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       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", for example, and is: "not an autobiography but rather a study of a period".
       So which US/UK publisher(s) are going to get this to us in English ? Come on, folks ! Step up !

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       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, if you're interested in this, you'd probably be interested in my very own The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction; get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.)

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29 May 2017 - Monday

Temple of Books | Jerusalem Prize
Adam Zagajewski Q & A | Paper Boats review

       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 El Partenón de libros), featuring: "up to 100,000 books from all over the world which are now in legal circulation again after years of prohibition, or are allowed in some countries and prohibited elsewhere"; you can see many of the titles here, for example.
       It looks -- work in progress -- like this:

The Parthenon of Books construction


       A nice idea -- including the tipping of the monument and getting the books in circulation when it's done -- but I wish it weren't quite so hideous.

       (And recall also Enrique Vila-Matas documenta-novel, The Illogic of Kassel.)

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       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 Prize winner soon to be announced" ...), but Gili Izikovich has the (apparent) scoop at Haaretz, that the My Struggle-man is the winner.

       Knausgaard is already due to receive the Austrian State Prize for European Literature this year, so that's quite the run of prestigious international literary prizes .....

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       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.

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       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.

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28 May 2017 - Sunday

SIFL report | Literary translation at Northwestern

       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 resist quoting some of this:
On the final day, participants discussed the commercialization of literature and the blame fell on the Japanese mega best-selling author Haruki Murakami.

At the keynote speech, critic Yu Jong-ho said Murakami's writings have a negative influence over the readers.
       And:
"Murakami portrays characters enjoying weariness and depression in escapism, instead of being social and realistic," Hyun [Ki-young] said. "Murakami might think his literature is global, transcending the bounds of nationality, but in fact he is promoted elaborately by the American publishing industry."
       I suspect Hyun also isn't going to get far with his ... rallying cry: "Serious literature should be reinstated" ! (As to his own work: Dalkey Archive Press have published his One Spoon on This Earth; see their publicity page, or get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.)

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       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).

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27 May 2017 - Saturday

Denis Johnson (1949-2017) | Baloch literature
Ilija Trojanow on world literature

       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 about his Tree of Smoke (get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk): Geoff Dyer was impressed (though admits: "he is not everybody's cup of tea"), while B.R.Myers considered it 'astonishingly bad'.
       You can also read a selection of his work from The New Yorker.

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       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 !).

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       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 considers 'canon'-lists/making -- and argues there's just way too little reading beyond the comfortably local (especially European) familiar.

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26 May 2017 - Friday

Tbilisi International Book Fair | Bear review

       Tbilisi International Book Fair

       The Tbilisi International Book Fair, in Georgia, runs through Sunday
       At Agenda.eg they have an overview, Tbilisi Book Fair showcases fresh Georgian, foreign literature.

       With Georgia the 2018 guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair we should be hearing more about the local lit; Dalkey Archive Press has a Georgian Literature Series, but there hasn't been anything new added in a while. Several Georgian titles (including from the Dalkey series) are under review at the complete review -- but I'd love to see more.

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       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.)

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25 May 2017 - Thursday

Slovak literature abroad
Prizes: Folio Prize - ACFNY Translation Prize

       Slovak literature abroad

       As "three titles of contemporary Slovak fiction are set to be launched on the Anglophone book market" just now, Eva Andrejčáková reports on How to sell Slovak books to English readers in The Slovak Spectator.
       Apparently:
The main problem remains the same as it has been in the past -- Slovak literature is a big unknown in the UK and does not have the supporting pillars as Czech literature does in the tradition of Hašek, Hrabal, or Kundera.
       Nevertheless, some of the older titles mentioned here are under review at the complete review, including Rivers of Babylon by Peter Pišťanek and Samko Tále's Cemetery Book, by Daniela Kapitáňová. And I did just get a copy of the Balla, In the Name of the Father (see the Jantar publicity page), and hope to get to that soon.

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       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 acclaimed memoir (which also won this year's Pulitzer Prize).
       While Matar's novel, In the Country of Men -- covering some of the same ground -- is under review at the complete review, this one isn't, and I don't see myself getting to it; get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.

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       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).

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24 May 2017 - Wednesday

NSW Premier's Literary Awards | Publishing in ... India

       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, The Drover's Wife, by Leah Purcell (see the Currency Press publicity page), while the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction went to Heather Rose's Marina Abramović-inspired Stella Prize-winning novel, The Museum of Modern Love.
       The UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing went to Letter to Pessoa, by Michelle Cahill (see the Giramondo publicity page).
       And Royall Tyler -- who has done both The Tale of Genji and The Tale of the Heike -- won the NSW Premier's Translation Prize. Nice to see that they also have a 'Multicultural NSW Early Career Translator Prize' (which went to Jan Owen).

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       Publishing in ... India

       At Bloomberg Iain Marlow suggests India's Book-Buying Habits Say A Lot About The Country's Economy -- though the biggest take-away might be just how small the trade sector still is, with the industry dominated by school/text-books, which is where the money is.

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23 May 2017 - Tuesday

Fifty years of One Hundred Years of Solitude
Denys Johnson-Davies (1922-2017) | The Maids review

       Fifty years of One Hundred Years of Solitude

       Gabriel García Márquez's classic, One Hundred Years of Solitude (get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk) -- a book that surely belongs on any list of greatest novels of the past century -- was published fifty years ago (on 30 May, apparently), and there's already quite a bit of coverage about that.
       In The Atlantic Alvaro Santana-Acuña writes at length about How One Hundred Years of Solitude Became a Classic, while at the Harry Ransom Center site they offer their One Hundred Years of Solitude Anniversary Collection

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       Denys Johnson-Davies (1922-2017)

       Leading translator-from-the-Arabic Denys Johnson-Davies has passed away; see, for example the reports at Arabic Literature (in English) and ahramonline.

       Several of his translations are under review at the complete review -- as is his autobiographical Memories in Translation.

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       The Maids review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of a late work by Tanizaki Jun'ichirō, The Maids, just out from New Directions.

       (Nice to see a bit of a revival of Tanizaki-interest -- and translations into English, as I got yet another new translation just yesterday, another story-collection, from the University of Michigan Press, The Gourmet Club (see their publicity page).)

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22 May 2017 - Monday

Seoul International Forum for Literature | Nobel finalists
Mother Land review

       Seoul International Forum for Literature

       The Seoul International Forum for Literature begins tomorrow, and in The Korea Times Yun Suh-young previews it, in Globally renowned writers to visit Seoul next week.
       The theme this year is: "Literature and Its Readership in the Changing World", and with J.M.G. Le Clézio and Svetlana Alexievich two Nobel laureates will be on hand.

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       Nobel finalists

       Not very helpful, and not much different than in years past, but in her going-on summer-vacation post at her Ur Akademiens liv weblog the Swedish Academy's Sara Danius -- organizer of all things Nobel (Prize in Literature) -- reveals that they have indeed narrowed down this year's contender list to five candidates.
       'Candidates' (kandidater), mind you -- no clue whether they are writers, pop singers or who knows what. It's going to be hard to top last year's ridiculous selection -- but maybe they can outwit themselves (and us) even more spectacularly this year.

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       Mother Land review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Paul Theroux's latest novel, Mother Land, just out in the US (though only due in the UK in the fall).

       Stephen King reviewed it in The New York Times Book Review -- on Mother's Day -- though otherwise it hasn't gotten much coverage yet.

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21 May 2017 - Sunday

Rein Raud Q & A
Prizes: Etisalat Prize for Literature | Wolfson History Prize

       Rein Raud Q & A

       At her The Book Binder's Daughter weblog Melissa Beck has a Q & A, May You Live in Interesting Times: My Interview with Estonian Author Rein Raud.

       I haven't seen his The Death of the Perfect Sentence yet (though I hope to, eventually), but both The Brother and The Reconstruction are under review at the complete review, and he's certainly an interesting author.

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       Prize: Etisalat Prize for Literature

       They've announced the winner of the 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature (though not yet at that official site, as I write this ...), a prize for a first work of fiction by an African author, with a payout of £15,000. The prize went to And After Many Days, by Jowhor Ile; see, for example, the ... tweet.

       The book has been available in the US for a while -- it was even reviewed in The New York Times Book Review --; get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.

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       Prize: Wolfson History Prize

       They announced the winner of the 2017 Wolfson History Prize last week. The £40,000 prize "for excellence in accessible and scholarly history" went to Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts, by Christopher de Hamel.

       See also the Allen Lane publicity page; it's only due out in October in the US -- pre-order your copy at Amazon.com -- but is readily available in the UK; get your copy at Amazon.co.uk.

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20 May 2017 - Saturday

Erich-Maria-Remarque-Friedenspreis | Sophie Kerr Prize

       Erich-Maria-Remarque-Friedenspreis

       They've announced that The City in Crimson Cloak-author Aslı Erdoğan will receive this year's €25,000 Erich-Maria-Remarque Peace Prize; previous winners include Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich (2001) and Adonis (last year)

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       Sophie Kerr Prize

       They've announced that Catalina Righter has won this year's Sophie Kerr Prize, an undergraduate writing award given to a senior at Washington College that pays out more than the Pulitzer, National Book Award, and National Book Critics Circle Award combined -- this year US$65,768.
       See also the article about the five finalists for the award.

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19 May 2017 - Friday

Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize | Ian Buruma new editor of NYRB
Sadeian recommendations

       Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize

       They've announced the winner of this year's Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, a UK award for comic fiction; this appears to be the closest thing to an official site, but they don't have this year's information yet, as I write this .... -- but see, for example, Katherine Cowdrey's report at The Bookseller, Helen Fielding wins Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, as Fielding's Bridget Jones's Baby: The Diaries took the prize.
       Don't look for a review of that at the complete review anytime soon -- though I am astonished at how many of the previous winners are under review at the site, including three of the last ten winners: The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray (last year), Solar by Ian McEwan (2010), and Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer (2009).

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       Ian Buruma new editor of NYRB

       Robert B. Silvers' fifty-year reign as co/editor of The New York Review of Book will be hard to top, but they've now announced who will be running the show next -- and it's longtime contributor Ian Buruma.

       Two of Buruma's books are under review at the complete review: Murder in Amsterdam and Taming the Gods.

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       Sadeian recommendations

       At Five Books Charles Styles has a Q & A with the translator of a new Penguin Classics edition of the Marquis de Sade's The 120 Days of Sodom (which, alas, I haven't seen yet; get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk), where Will McMorran recommends the best books on the Marquis de Sade.
       Not quite sure about all the choices -- which actually include two by de Sade -- but I've actually read the first four, and saw the fifth on DVD (this last being -- by far -- the one I was least impressed by, though that might also be influenced by the medium; maybe I should check out the playscript). All fascinating reading, however.

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18 May 2017 - Thursday

Houellebecq coming to NY | Inventing Love review

       Houellebecq coming to NY

       Submission (etc.)-author Michel Houellebecq will be in conversation at Albertine Books in NY on 2 June at high noon -- and he has a show, too: Michel Houellebecq: French Bashing at the Venus Gallery. (I have no idea what the exhibit will be like/about, but I am very curious.)

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       Inventing Love review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of José Ovejero's Premio Alfaguara-winning novel, Inventing Love, just out (in the UK) in Peter Owen's 'World Series'-series (and due out in the US in September).

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17 May 2017 - Wednesday

Caine Prize shortlist | New Zealand Book Awards
Sonallah Ibrahim Q & A

       Caine Prize shortlist

       The Caine Prize for African Writing -- alas, just a short-story prize -- has announced it's five-story shortlist -- and it's great to see that this year not all of the finalists (selected from 148 entries from 22 African countries) were originally written in English (as has been the case far too often), as it: "features a story translated form Arabic for the second time in the 18 year history of the Prize"
       You can read all the shortlisted stories via the links on that announcement page -- albeit only in the dreaded pdf format (because ?).

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       New Zealand Book Awards

       They've announced the winners of this year's New Zealand Book Awards, with The Wish Child, by Catherine Chidgey, taking the fiction prize; see the Victoria University Press publicity page.
       Before you get too dismissive, recall that The Luminaries (yes, that Man Booker winner) took the 2014 prize, and Mister Pip took the 2007 prize, and C.K.Stead and Patricia Grace have each won five of these .....

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       Sonallah Ibrahim Q & A

       Via I'm pointed to a Q & A by Jonathan Guyer with Zaat-author Sonallah Ibrahim in The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Plight of an Arab Intellectual.
       All over the place, but certainly of interest.

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16 May 2017 - Tuesday

Libris Literatuur Prijs | Red Roofs & Other Stories review

       Libris Literatuur Prijs

       I'm a bit late with this, as they announced last week that De tolk van Java, by Alfred Birney, has won this year's Libris Literatuur Prijs, one of the leading Dutch novel prizes (with a payout of €50,000).
       See also the Dutch Foundation for Literature report.
       (They also list the other finalists there -- and note that two of the other five have been picked up for English translation; interestingly, Arnon Grunberg's Moedervlekken is not one of those -- despite Grunberg being by far the most recognizable name (and most widely-translated) of the lot. Recall that Open Letter published his Tirza -- and was looking forward to publishing more of his work, but his representatives ... politely declined; Chad Post has an account of how that went (down). Meanwhile, no new (or old) Grunbergs have been published in the US since ..... Hey, it's only been four years, and there's been a similar wait between previous translations (though that backlist is growing ...), but, yeah, I don't know if career-move-wise this has really worked out. Meanwhile, US/UK audiences still don't get to enjoy Onze oom, De asielzoeker, etc. etc.)

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       Red Roofs & Other Stories review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Tanizaki Jun'ichirō's Red Roofs & Other Stories.

       It's great to see a small surge of new Tanizaki translations -- though still only covering part of his very extensive output. New Directions just have two novels out, Devils in Daylight and The Maids (which I should be getting to soon, too), while this volume of stories came out from the University of Michigan Press last year -- and they have another collection, The Gourmet Club, just out (see their publicity page).

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15 May 2017 - Monday

PalFest | Sunday Times Literary Award shortlists | Literature in ... Telugu

       PalFest

       The Palestine Festival of Literature runs through the 18th -- the tenth time they've held it since its 2008 founding.

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       Sunday Times Literary Award shortlists

       They've announced the shortlists for the (South African) Sunday Times Literary Awards -- for the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize and the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction.
       None of the fiction titles appear to be US-available in print at this time -- not even the Zakes Mda, though at least there will apparently be a UK edition from Jacaranda Books (in 2018 ...).
       The winners -- to be announced 24 June -- will each receive RS 100,000.

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       Literature in ... Telugu

       At The Wire Mukesh Manjunath wonders Where Have All the Telugu Readers Gone ?

       There are actually four translated-from-the-Telugu titles under review at the complete review -- but they are all 'classical':
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14 May 2017 - Sunday

Science fiction in ... China | The Woman Priest review

       Science fiction in ... China

       Yet another article about the wave(let) of Chinese science fiction, as Rachel Cheung reports on Science fiction's new golden age in China, what it says about social evolution and the future, and the stories writers want world to see in the South China Morning Post.
       While there certainly seems a lot more activity in recent years -- well:
Although investors are eyeing sci-fi's entertainment industry potential, the literature itself is not so highly valued. "The payment writers receive for fiction writing is very small. I also write for fashion magazines, which pay a lot more," says Regina Wang. Since it is impossible to make ends meet writing sci-fi, most authors do it simply as a hobby.

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       The Woman Priest review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Sylvain Maréchal's slim 1801 novella, The Woman Priest, out last year from the University of Alberta Press.

       Maréchal is a pretty interesting secondary literary figure from French Revolution times -- and some of his other work definitely sounds/looks intriguing: see the French editions of Dictionnaire des athées anciens et modernes (small translation sampler at the Marxists Internet Archive) or Voyages de Pythagore, for example

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13 May 2017 - Saturday

Cassava Republic Press profile | Alberto Manguel, head librarian
Syjuco on art and literature

       Cassava Republic Press profile

       Cassava Republic Press continues to be one of the big recent African publishing success stories, and at Quartz Africa Frankie Edozien writes about How a boutique Nigerian book publisher is breaking into the US market.

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       Alberto Manguel, head librarian

       The Library at Night-author Alberto Manguel has followed in the footsteps of Jorge Luis Borges, taking up -- not uncontroversially -- the position of director of the National Library of Argentina -- and in The Globe and Mail Stephanie Nolen now has an in-depth article on: Argentina's page turner: How a Canadian author became the leader of a library revolution.
       See also Manguel's Literary Review piece on The Library in Daylight.

       (And speaking of Argentina: Publishers Weekly just reported that, rather shockingly, Argentina's Book Market Fell 40% in 2016.)

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       Syjuco on art and literature

       Ilustrado-author Miguel Syjuco -- currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Practice, Literature, and Creative Writing at ... NYU Abu Dhabi -- contributed a piece explaining that Art and literature are vital to democracy -- here's why to the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2017 -- and it's good to see that being part of the discussion.

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12 May 2017 - Friday

Georges Perec in La Pléiade | Literature in translation in ... the UK
Albertine Prize | Dorthe Nors Q & A
The King of Fools review

       Georges Perec in La Pléiade

       There are a dozen Georges Perec-titles under review at the complete review -- and some Perec-related one's as well (including David Bellos' invaluable, wonderful biography) and, yes, he is much admired hereabouts -- so it's great to see his work finally available, in two volumes, in the great French La Pléiade series, pretty much the final stamp of approval of 'classical' status.
       Great to see, too, that the French hail this enshrinement appropriately: despite all the political ... excitement of recent days (weeks, months, etc.), in France and abroad, this news is big enough for Le Monde to run with it, very much front and center, on the front page of yesterday's edition:

Perec a la Mo(n)de


       Good to see literature -- and the greats -- getting their due !

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       Literature in translation in ... the UK

       In The Bookseller Katherine Cowdrey reports that A L Kennedy blasts publishers for attitude towards translated literature, reporting on a European Literature Night event on Wednesday.

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       Albertine Prize

       They've announced the winner of the inaugural Albertine Prize -- a: "reader's choice award" that: "recognizes American readers favorite work of contemporary French fiction" -- and it is Bardo or Not Bardo, by Antoine Volodine; see also the Open Letter publicity page, or get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.

       I didn't really take to it (and haven't posted a review), but several other Volodine titles are under review at the complete review -- and I loved Radiant Terminus (which should be in the running for next year's Albertine Prize).

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       Dorthe Nors Q & A

       At PEN Atlas Theodora Danek has a Q & A with Dorthe Nors -- mainly about her Man Booker International Prize-shortlisted Mirror, Shoulder, Signal; see the Pushkin Press publicity page, or get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.
       I haven't seen that one yet -- it's not officially out in the US yet -- but two other Nors titles are under review at the complete review: Karate Chop and So Much for That Winter,

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       The King of Fools review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Frédéric Dard's The King of Fools -- just out in the UK, and coming to the US in September.
       Great to see Pushkin Press brining these Dards out at a steady clip.

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