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31 July 2016 - Sunday

Neglected/overlooked Indian literature | P.O.Enquist profile
End-of-days fiction (not) in China

       Neglected/overlooked Indian literature

       In The Hindu they: "surveyed some of India's respected writers and editors on underrated and neglected books and authors since independence", in Keshava Guha's Expanding the canon -- asking then which post-independence books/authors they consider most underrated, and which would they like to see translated (or re-translated) into English (or other languages).
       Always an interesting/helpful exercise -- and interesting to see two votes for Naiyer Masud, whose Essence of Camphor is under review at the complete review). And one hopes US/UK publishers will consider some of these translation-suggestions .....

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       P.O.Enquist profile

       Per Olov Enquist has long been a local favorite, and it's nice to see him get a profile in The Guardian, by Andrew Brown.
       His The Parable Book is just out in the UK -- get your copy at Amazon.co.uk, or see the MacLehose publicity page -- but apparently doesn't have a US publisher; see also the Norstedts Agency information page.

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       End-of-days fiction (not) in China

       Via I'm pointed to Isaac Stone Fish's article in Foreign Policy, arguing: 'Why apocalyptic fiction and film haven't caught on in the Middle Kingdom', The End of Days Is Coming -- Just Not to China.
       An interesting overview and explanation.

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30 July 2016 - Saturday

Hong Kong Review of Books | Amitav Ghosh Q & A
International Conference on the Short Story in English

       Hong Kong Review of Books

       The Hong Kong Review of Books is a promising-looking recently-founded online journal, and at the Los Angeles Review of Books Blog Susan Blumberg-Kason has a Q & A with co-founder Alfie Bown offering a bit more background.

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       Amitav Ghosh Q & A

       Amitav Ghosh's The Great Derangement -- subtitled 'Climate Change and the Unthinkable' -- is already out in India but only coming out, from the University of Chicago Press, in the US and UK at the end of September; see their publicity page, or pre-order your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk -- and I'll be very curious to see reactions here.
       There's been quite a bit of Indian coverage, and at Scroll.in Nayantara Narayanan now has a Q & A with him about it.

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       International Conference on the Short Story in English

       They just held the International Conference on the Short Story in English -- in Shanghai -- on the theme of 'Influence and Confluence in the Short Story: East and West'.
       At ShanghaiDaily Xu Qin reports on the proceedings, in Story event a tale of literary exploration -- and with the impressive list of participants it sounds like it was quite interesting.

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29 July 2016 - Friday

Mahasweta Devi (1926-2016) | PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant winners

       Mahasweta Devi (1926-2016)

       The great Indian author Mahasweta Devi has passed away; see, for example, the Scroll.in report.
       Certainly, many English-writing Indian authors are better-known abroad, but few have anywhere near the stature she did in India -- in no small part also because of her prominent activist role --; see, for example, Manik Sharma noting that Mahasweta Devi's death leaves a void in the literary world that will be hard to fill at First Post. (She was also -- accurately -- long considered the Indian author with the best chances for the Nobel.)
       Seagull Books are bringing out her collected works in English -- check out their catalogue. Yes, that's quite a selection !
       Bait is currently the only one of her titles under review at the complete review, but I have -- and should get to -- more.

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       PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant winners

       They've announced the winners of this year's PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants, fourteen projects, covering nine languages, selected from 171 applications, each of which will get a grant of US$ 3,670.
       Quite a few of these don't have publishers yet, so one hopes this will help bring them to the attention of more publishers -- certainly some interesting/worthy-sounding projects among them.

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28 July 2016 - Thursday

CuratedAI | Man Booker Prize longlist | In conversation with Tyler Cowen
So Much for That Winter review

       CuratedAI

       CuratedAI is a new online publication, billing itself as: "A literary magazine written by machines, for people".
       Yes, as they explain:
CuratedAI is a literary magazine with a twist -- all stories and poems are generated by machines using the tricks of the Artificial Intelligence trade. Editing, for now, is still the domain of us humans, but we aim to keep our touch as light as possible.
       I suppose that until it becomes: 'A literary magazine written by machines, for machines' I shouldn't worry too much ... still, I'm finding this rather disconcerting. (Yes, intriguing too, but .....)

       At Popular Science Thom Leavy reports that Artificial Intelligences Are Writing Poetry For A New Online Literary Magazine, and at Lit Bear they actually review the early offerings.

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       Man Booker Prize longlist

       They've announced the thirteen-title-strong longlist for the Man Booker Prize, the leading international prize for a novel written in English (and published in the UK).
       The longlisted titles were selected from 155 submissions -- though, alas, they won't reveal what those submissions were, and so we have no way of knowing what books (beyond these thirteen ...) were even in the running. (There is now a complex formula that determines how many books an imprint is allowed to submit -- long/shortlist success in previous years translates into a greater submission allowance -- but publishers are for the most part very constrained in how many (few) titles they are allowed to submit, meaning lots of good stuff likely never even gets a chance. (Impressively, the Man Booker folk have so managed to confuse this issue that there seems to have been nary a mention of the submission limitations (and allowances) leading up to this year's prize; I know it's expecting way too much from the literary 'press' to look into this bullshit process, but come on ...).)
       Most of these titles have not been released in the US yet, so especially for American audiences there's still a lot to discover here.
       Notable omissions include new/forthcoming books by Ian McEwan and Don DeLillo.
       None of these titles are under review at the complete review at this time, and I probably won't get to very many of them -- though the Coetzee, in particular, of course does tempt .....

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       In conversation with Tyler Cowen

       It was a great honor and pleasure to be in conversation with Tyler Cowen -- and to go book-shopping with him at New York's Strand Bookstore (video of which should be available next week ...) -- and you can now watch the full conversation, read the transcript (where you can also just listen to the conversation) -- and you can also watch me answer Marginal Revolution-reader-questions which Tyler didn't get to.

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       So Much for That Winter review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Dorthe Nors' So Much for That Winter, a two-novella collection just published by Graywolf.

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27 July 2016 - Wednesday

New issue of 91st Meridian | The First Wife review

       New issue of 91st Meridian

       There's a new issue of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa's 91st Meridian out, a 'Special Issue: South Asian Writing'.
       Microfiction by The Legends of Khasak-author O.V. Vijayan (here) ? Poetry by The Girl with the Golden Parasol-author Uday Prakash (here) ? I certainly don't need anymore convincing .....

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       The First Wife review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of A Tale of Polygamy by Mozambican author Paulina Chiziane, The First Wife, just (about) out from Archipelago Books.

       This book actually (almost) first appeared in 2010, when much-missed Aflame Books wanted to bring it out -- a reminder yet again what was lost when they went under. (Damn, they had a fine list, and great ambitions ....)

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26 July 2016 - Tuesday

Read Russia Translation Prize longlists | Tim LaHaye (1926-2016)

       Read Russia Translation Prize longlists

       They've announced the longlists for the Read Russia Translation Prize -- "28 translators from 18 countries have been provisionally nominated" -- and at Russia Beyond The Headlines Alexandra Guzeva has the run-down.
       These are for translations into any language, and it's noteworthy that translations-into-English do not dominate -- two of nine in 'Classic literature of the 19th century'; zero of eight in 'Literature of the 20th century (pre-1990)' (not a popular era for translation-into-English ?); two of six for 'Contemporary literature (post-1990)'; and one of five for 'Poetry'.
       The two US/UK 'Contemporary literature (post-1990)' titles/translations are under review at the complete review:        The shortlist is to be announced in 'mid-August'.

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       Tim LaHaye (1926-2016)

       This is one of those well-he-sold-so-many-books-how-can-you-not-mention-him mentions ... but, yeah, Tim LaHaye didn't even rate a don't-bother mention in my The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction .....
       Anyway, he's dead; see, for example, The Washington Post's obituary.
       No surprise: none of his books are under review at the complete review -- but I did get to Michael Standaert's Skipping Towards Armageddon, and would certainly point you to that before you bother with any of LeHaye's stuff .....

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25 July 2016 - Monday

Fiction in translation | Somali reading | Zimbabwe International Book Fair

       Fiction in translation

       In The Observer Rachel Cooke considers The subtle art of translating foreign fiction.
       The review of Sagan's Bonjour Tristesse at the complete review is of the old Irene Ash one -- the one Cooke holds in much fonder memory .....
       With six translators (many of whose translations are also under review at the complete review) also commenting, well worth a read.

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       Somali reading

       At Quartz Abdi Latif Dahir reports that Somalia's nascent love affair with books is blossoming as safety returns to the country, as it's great to see literary enthusiasm thrive even in these conditions. Okay, there are still some geo-political issues -- but with each of the three different regions of Somalia getting it's own book fair ... that's pretty neat.
       The Hargeysa International Book Fair -- running through the 28th; you still have time to catch it -- also gets some VOA coverage, as Harun Maruf reports that Somaliland Book Festival Aims to Promote Culture, Preserve Language.

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       Zimbabwe International Book Fair

       The Zimbabwe International Book Fair was once a big deal; in recent years ... not so much. But they still hold it, and this year's fair apparently is ... this week.
       In The Herald Stanley Mushava has a look at ZIBF: What's new in 2016 ? He notes that ZIBF is: "something of a niche symposium at the moment" -- but given current local conditions the fair should be a good place to find and acquire local books.

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24 July 2016 - Sunday

Laâbi translations | Mr. Turtle review

       Laâbi translations

       Just a few days ago I mentioned getting the ARC of the forthcoming volume of Abdellatif Laâbi poetry, In Praise of Defeat, in Donald Nicholson-Smith's translation -- see also the Archipelago publicity page, or pre-order your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.
       Nicholson-Smith isn't the only one who has been at it, as André Naffis-Sahely's selected translations, Beyond the Barbed Wire, are just out -- see the Carcanet publicity page, or get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk -- and at Guernica they have a Q & A with him.
       Among Naffis-Sahely's responses re. Laâbi:
These days, I'm mostly surprised by the fact he's still alive; given that people have been trying to silence him for almost fifty years, he really shouldn't be.
       As to more general points, I' not sure I agree:
I don't like poems that invent memories, I have enough of my own. I can't quite see the point of poems like "Wittgenstein Goes for a Walk with A Hawk in Sherwood Forest." I know they're trying to be clever, but they're not. Poetry either pulses with real life or it's just an aborted simulacra.
       I have to admit, I don't really need my poetry to 'pulse with real life', and I often find invented memories preferable to poets' own .....

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       Mr. Turtle review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Kitano Yusaku's Mr. Turtle, just out in English from Kurodahan Press.

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23 July 2016 - Saturday

German book prices | Atlas of an Anxious Man review

       German book prices

       At Boersenblatt they commissioned a study of German book prices since 2010 -- and learned that the average book now costs € 12.92 -- up ... € .78 over the past six years. Not too surprising in these not very inflationary times
       Kids' books have seen the smallest increase -- and they remain the cheapest of all the measured market segments.

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       Atlas of an Anxious Man review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Christoph Ransmayr's Atlas of an Anxious Man, which came out in English from Seagull Books a couple of months ago.
       The French translation of this picked up a few literary prizes, but it hasn't gotten much US/UK review attention (yet ?). Not the usual sort of travel writing, but definitely deserving of some attention.
       Despite several of his works having been translated over the years, Ransmayr seems to have had trouble maintaining any sort of US/UK-audience awareness of him and his work ..... (He rated at least a brief mention in my The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction.)

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22 July 2016 - Friday

Slovak literature in translation | Donald Nicholson-Smith Q & A

       Slovak literature in translation

       Only part of this piece from The Slovak Spectator is freely accessible (seriously ? this is a model that works for them ?) but enough to get the gist, and some good quotes, as they note that: Slovak books in the US market struggle.
       Indeed, the first line sums things up pretty well:
English translations of Slovak books sometimes appear in the US market but interest in them is lacking.
       And they do admit that:
Regarding the US market, the whole promotion and distribution of books, which were issued in the US, depends on the publisher -- it is hard to influence it from Bratislava
       Yes ..... I guess there's only so much the Literárne informačné centrum can do, despite all that the site offers -- including conveniently also arranging authors according to their Anniversaries and Jubilees .....
       So 'struggle' is surely putting it mildly .....

       (There are only four translated-from-the-Slovak titles under review at the complete review: Peter Pišt'anek's trilogy, beginning with Rivers of Babylon, and Daniela Kapitáňová's Samko Tále's Cemetery Book (all of them published by UK-based Garnett Press ...)).

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       Donald Nicholson-Smith Q & A

       At the Culturethèque Blog Anne-Sophie Miller asks Donald Nicholson-Smith about Translating Manchette into English -- meaning, of course, Jean-Patrick Manchette, three of whose novels Nicholson-Smith has translated; see, for example, The Mad and the Bad.
       (And speaking of Manchette's Journal 1966-1974 (see, for example, the Folio publicity page), as Nicholson-Smith does, -- anyone have plans to translate that ...?)

       Interestingly, among Nicholson-Smith's most recent translations is something completely different: I just got the ARC of a nice fat bilingual volume of Abdellatif Laâbi poetry, In Praise of Defeat, that looks mighty promising ..... (See also the Archipelago publicity page, or pre-order your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.)

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21 July 2016 - Thursday

Hong Kong Book Fair | Sergei Minaev

       Hong Kong Book Fair

       The Hong Kong Book Fair runs through the 26th.
       The focus/highlights vary, depending on the perspective: Banned books on sale here: Hong Kong book fair will openly sell politically sensitive tomes the South China Morning Post reports; 27th Hong Kong Book Fair opens, featuring Chinese martial arts literature Xinhua emphasizes .....
       And I remind you of last year's headline: Mountain of books thrown away after Hong Kong Book Fair .....

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       Sergei Minaev

       At CounterPunch Andre Vltchek writes about some Tough Russian Anti-Capitalist Literature -- specifically the writing of Sergei Minaev.
       As he notes:
While Limonov and Minaev sell millions of copies of their books at home, their work is virtually unknown in the West. I found no English translations when searching on Amazon.com, and elsewhere.
       This isn't entirely accurate -- while Minaev does indeed appear to not be available, Limonov has had his moments in the US sun/press, with several translated titles -- remember It's Me, Eddie ? Memoir of a Russian Punk ? His Butler's Story ? yeah, okay, maybe not, but in the day ..... Besides, Limonov has gotten renewed attention through Emmanuel Carrère's unfortunate ... Limonov.
       And amusing/bizarrely, Minaev has even come to The New York Times' attention: see their 2007 Excerpts from an Interview with Sergei Minaev .....

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20 July 2016 - Wednesday

Japanese literary prizes | Elias Khoury on writing
Authors in Court review

       Japanese literary prizes

       It's Akutagawa and Naoki Prize time in Japan again (yes, every six months ...), and they've announced that コンビニ人間 ('Convenience store people'), by Murata Sayaka has taken the (¥1 million) Akutagawa, and that 海の見える理髪店 ('A barber shop with a view of the sea') by Ogiwara Hiroshi gets the Naoki.
       In The Japan Times report Daisuke Kikuchi appears to be playing the big-unknown surprise card a bit too heavy-handedly, at least in the headline -- Convenience store worker who moonlights as novelist wins prestigious Akutagawa Prize. Murata may be an (occasional) convenience store worker, but for someone who 'moonlights as novelist' she's already racked up an impressive number of literary prizes over more than a decade -- indeed you can read her (well, if you subscribe ....) in Granta, and even if none of her books have been translated into English she already rates a J'Lit author page.

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       Elias Khoury on writing

       Qantara.de has a piece by Elias Khoury on The nightmare of reality.
       He writes:
I do not believe that writing is an act of despair. On the contrary, it lies beyond despair, when a portal opens onto the darkness that is mixed with shades of light. In this darkness the ink lights up our souls and takes us to a place where we are both witness and agent, where witnessing broadens the horizons of the human situation -- defending man's right to live and dream, to rip the veil off taboos and to resist military and religious tyranny.
       Well, we're definitely living in portal-needing times .....

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       Authors in Court review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Scenes from the Theater of Copyright by Mark Rose, Authors in Court, recently published by Harvard University Press.
       Sure, subject-matter that's of particular interest to me -- but this is a nice little find, beyond that, and certainly a book that's deserving of more attention than it's received to date.

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19 July 2016 - Tuesday

Singapore Literature Prize | Translation in ... Germany
The Queue roundtable

       Singapore Literature Prize

       They've announced the winners of this year's Singapore Literature Prize -- which is actually many prizes, since they admirably award them in three genres (fiction, non, and poetry), and each of those in four languages (English, Malay, Chinese, and Tamil).
       The winners were selected from 235 entries across the twelve genre/language possibilities (alas, no exact breakdown on offer, as far as I can tell).
       The English Fiction-award went to ... a graphic novel, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew -- see the Pantheon publicity page, or get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.
       The Straits Times coverage reports that: "it has sold about 9,000 copies in Singapore"; the prize-win will presumably improve those numbers.

       Interesting, too, to see that an English translation was also among the English Fiction finalists -- the translation of Mohamed Latiff Mohamed's The Widower (which you may recall Tyler Cowen hailed as the great Singaporean novel last year) ..... This would seem to defeat the awards-in-original-languages set-up -- but what do I know ?

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       Translation in ... Germany

       A fascinating German Association of Literary Translators' survey (covering 664 translation contracts) is summarized (in English) by Florian Faes at Slator; see also the original German (warning ! dreaded pdf format !)
       It's mostly about rates, but lots of other odds and ends are covered -- most interestingly that 70 per cent of translators reported being female, and a mere 19 per cent male (the remainder weren't identified -- but even if they were all male, that still means more than two-thirds of the translations were by women).
       (The takeaway, by the way: despite longterm efforts to establish reasonable remuneration, translators are still getting screwed.)

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       The Queue roundtable

       The New Inquiry has 'A Roundtable on Basma Abdel Aziz's The Queue', with Elisabeth Jaquette (who translated it), Marcia Lynx Qualey (of Arabic Literature (in English) fame), and Aaron Bady -- "Let Loose Your Tongue".

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18 July 2016 - Monday

Independent publishers in the US | The Invoice review

       Independent publishers in the US

       In The Atlantic Nathan Scott McMamara writes that American Literature Needs Indie Presses.
       I'm not really convinced by his 'grandiosity'-concerns -- okay, lots of books are too expensive, but (page-)length hasn't ever seemed to be to be one of the major problems of the American publishing industry ... -- but, sure, it's great that there are some -- more and more ? -- nimble independents taking up the big-house slack (and, boy, is there a lot of slack ...).
       Of course, I'm more interested in international fiction, rather than 'American Literature' -- and it's here the independents really seem to have established themselves and, in many respects, are now leading the way, as the majors limit themselves to far too much that is safe.

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       The Invoice review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Jonas Karlsson's The Invoice, just out in the US (the UK edition came out a couple of months ago).

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17 July 2016 - Sunday

Strand bookstore profile and quiz | Moonstone review

       Strand bookstore profile and quiz

       In The New York Times Annie Correal has a fun story about working at New York's (many-miles-of-books-)store, Strand, warning: Want to Work in 18 Miles of Books ? First, the Quiz -- and they also let you Test Your Book Smarts with the sample quiz, where you get to match titles with authors (not quite that challenging, I would have to say ...).

       (I was at Strand just a few days ago -- in very fine company indeed.)

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       Moonstone review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Sjón's Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was -- already out in the UK, and due shortly in the US.

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16 July 2016 - Saturday

New issue of Asymptote

       New issue of Asymptote

       The summer issue of Asymptote is up, and makes for a good weekend's (or week's -- there's a lot here) worth of reading: a great variety of stuff, so just work your way through.

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15 July 2016 - Friday

Esterházy Péter (1950-2016) | Nigeria Prize for Literature longlist
The Mandibles review

       Esterházy Péter (1950-2016)

       Leading Hungarian author Esterházy Péter -- one of the post-war greats -- has passed away; not much in-depth English reaction yet beyond the AP report, but it would be shocking if we didn't see considerably more extensive coverage.
       A decent amount of his work has been translated into English, but not nearly enough (Esti, please !). The Publishing Hungary author page is a bit out of date, missing the last few (still very productive) years, but gives you a basic overview.
       Only three of his titles are under review at the complete review:        Not the biggest or most obvious ones, so look beyond these too -- even to Celestial Harmonies (get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk).

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       Nigeria Prize for Literature longlist

       The NLNG-sponsored US$100,000 Nigeria Prize for Literature rotates through four genres, year for year, and this year they're back to focusing on prose -- and they've now announced the eleven longlisted titles for the 2016 prize -- which includes Night Dancer by 2012-winner Chika Unigwe.
       The list certainly makes for a good sampler of recent Nigerian fiction.
       (And I do like how they report on what to expect next in The Nation: "A shortlist of three is expected in September and a winner, if any, will be announced by the Advisory Board in October". 'If any' ? Sounds like they have their doubts about the longlist .....)

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       The Mandibles review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Lionel Shriver's new novel, The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047.
       Certainly one of those fun-to-discuss novels -- with a lot of material that can be argued about.

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14 July 2016 - Thursday

Helen DeWitt profile | Prix du Roman Fnac longlist
Bulgarian MFA ?

       Helen DeWitt profile

       In this week's New York Christian Lorentzen profiles Helen DeWitt, in Publishing Can Break Your Heart -- a variously disturbing and fascinating piece.
       Her The Last Samurai was recently reissued by New Directions; see their publicity page, and get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk; I read it way back when but really should get back to it again (and post review-coverage ...).

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       Prix du Roman Fnac longlist

       French retailer Fnac has announced the 30-title strong longlist for its Prix du Roman Fnac (yeah, the official site is still dealing with 2015, last I checked ...); see, for example, the overview/list at Livres Hebdo -- a useful list of many of the most interesting books due out around the end of August, for the rentrée littéraire, with many familiar names.
       Not many translated from the English -- a Stewart O'Nan, and ... Richard Adams' Watership Down ? Apparently so; the publishers are a bit coy about this -- it looks like a simple repackaging of the old translation -- but they're selling it as a book: "qui a été publié 4 fois en France mais qui n’a jamais réellement été reconnu et lu à sa juste valeur". Fifth time is the charm ?

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       Bulgarian MFA ?

       The creative-writing-programme plague continues to spread, now also to Bulgaria, where Radio Bulgaria reports on the Valeri Petrov Creative Writing Academy -- home to the flying people.
       Okay, the 'flying people' is a nice touch. Beyond that, the 'Творческа академия "Валери Петров"' is your typical creative writing programme (with some recognizable names on the faculty), presumably for better and worse (you know which way my expectations tilt ...); see also more (Bulgarian) details here.

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13 July 2016 - Wednesday

Premio Strega | Glagoslav Q & A | More reviews of my CR Guide

       Premio Strega

       They've announced that this year's Premio Strega -- the major Italian literary prize -- goes to La scuola cattolica, by Edoardo Albinati, which got 143 of the 395 votes cast (the next highest total was 92, for L'uomo del futuro, by Eraldo Affinati); see also, for example, the Rizzoli publicity page.
       Albinati is not entirely unknown in English: Hesperus brought out his Coming Back; see their publicity page, or get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.

       They also awarded the Premio Strega Europeo -- for best European work translated into Italian (seriously ? restricted to European fiction ? what the hell ?), and they've announced that it goes to Annie Ernaux, for the Italian translation of her Les Années (which does not appear to be available in English yet ...).
       It beat out novels by Mircea Cărtărescu and Ralf Rothmann, among others.

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       Glagoslav Q & A

       Publisher Glagoslav publishes an impressive variety of contemporary literature from Russia and the former Soviet Union, and at Russia Beyond the Headlines Alexandra Guzeva has a Q & A with managing director Maxim Hodak and editor Ksenia Papazova.
       Good to hear that Gnedich -- which I just reviewed -- is among their most successful titles.

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       More reviews of my CR Guide

       It's great to see more online reviews of my The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction such as now at:        Much appreciated !

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