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23 February 2024 - Friday

Nordic Council Literature Prize finalists | Walter Scott Prize longlist
Prix du Dernier Roman

       Nordic Council Literature Prize finalists

       They've announced the thirteen finalists for this year's Nordic Council Literature Prize, the leading book-prize for Scandinavian authors.
       Each of the five Scandinavian countries has two titles in the running, and there are one each from Åland, the Faroe Islands, and the Sami language area; click on the titles on the announcement page for additional (English) information about the works.
       Among the finalists are well-known authors including Helle Helle, Laura Lindstedt (previously a finalist, with Oneiron), and Niels Fredrik Dahl (also author of På vei til en venn -- and the husband of Linn Ullmann).

       Quite a few previous winners of this prize are under review at the complete review.

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       Walter Scott Prize longlist

       They've announced the longlist for this year's Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.
       One of the titles is under review at the complete review: Tan Twan Eng's The House of Doors.

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       Prix du Dernier Roman

       They've apparently already had a 'Prix du Dernier Roman' -- a last-novel prize that was awarded posthumously, or as an encouragement to authors to end their careers -- but apparently it didn't really take, so they're trying again, with the same (now somewhat misleading) name.
       This Prix du Dernier Roman redux is, regrettably, not for a true last work but meant as an homage to a living author (who is presumably meant to keep going, too ...). A shame -- a true last-novel prize, buying off an author to stop churning out novels -- has definite appeal.
       The winner of this year's inaugural prize has now been announced, and in Antoine Volodine (Radiant Terminus, etc.) they certainly honor a worthy author -- who, one hopes, will indeed continue ... churning out works (under all his different pseudonyms). See, for example, the ActuaLitté report.

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22 February 2024 - Thursday

Vámos Miklós profile | The Illuminated review

       Vámos Miklós profile

       At hlo Ági Bori profiles the Hungarian author, in Miklós Vámos: Beloved Raconteur, Affable Author.
       Other Press brought out his The Book of Fathers a couple of years ago.

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       The Illuminated review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Gérard de Nerval's 1852 collection, The Illuminated: The Precursors of Socialism: Tales and Portraits, finally out in English, from Wakefield Press.

       Certainly makes one want to see more Restif de la Bretonne -- and I like the author's note/warning from the previously unknown to me Quintus Aucler's La Thréicie.

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21 February 2024 - Wednesday

Jan Assmann (1938-2024) | J. Robert Lennon profile

       Jan Assmann (1938-2024)

       Egyptologist Jan Assmann has passed away; see, for example, the report from Die Zeit.
       Quite a few of his works have been translated into English -- e.g. From Akhenaten to Moses (American University in Cairo Press) and Cultural Memory and Early Civilization (Cambridge University Press).

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       J. Robert Lennon profile

       At the Cornell Chronicle David Nutt reports how J. Robert Lennon chases down literary thrills in new series, as he has a new book out, Hard Girls.

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20 February 2024 - Tuesday

Must-read list ? | Paul Olchváry (1965-2024)

       Must-read list ?

       At ntv they offer a list of 30 Bücher, die jeder gelesen haben muss, a list of 30 'classics of world literature'.
       Apparently they mined a lot of similar best-of lists -- many English-language ones, I suspect, given how ridiculously English-language heavy the list is.
       Obviously, quite a few all-timers here -- but otherwise ... a very odd selection.

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       Paul Olchváry (1965-2024)

       Translator from the Hungarian (e.g. Allah's Spacious Earth), editor in chief of Hungarian Cultural Studies, and publisher of New Europe Books Paul Olchváry has passed away; see, for example, the hlo report.

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19 February 2024 - Monday

Jerry Pinto Q & A | Guyana Prize for Literature shortlists
The Celestial City review

       Jerry Pinto Q & A

       At My Kolkata Priyam Marik has a Q & A with the Em and the Big Hoom and Helen-author, in I'm chasing the Nobel Prize in Literature... and immortality: Jerry Pinto.
       Good to hear:
Reading, though, has never been a problem. I have very bad eyesight, but even in dim light, I’ll still be reading. I came to Kolkata for two days with four books, and I’m leaving with 17. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to read. Most of the time, I’d rather be reading than writing.
       Not sure about his motivation, but, hey, whatever works...:
I’m chasing the Nobel Prize in Literature. I’m chasing immortality. It’s the stupidest thing to do, but I want to be read 300 years from now. I want to write magnificently. I want people to look at me and say, how does he do that ? I want my books to open and stardust to burst out.

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       Guyana Prize for Literature shortlists

       The Guyana Prize for Literature has announced its shortlists; see, for example, the (picture-heavy, sigh) report at Stabroek News.
       The winners will be announced 1 March.

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       The Celestial City review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Diego Marani's Trieste-novel, The Celestial City, just out in English from Dedalus.

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18 February 2024 - Sunday

Georgi Gospodinov Q & A | The last 100 reviews

       Georgi Gospodinov Q & A

       In The Observer Anthony Cummins has a Q & A with Georgi Gospodinov: ‘There was a culture of silence – it was safer not to say what you think’.

       A UK edition of Gospodinov's The Physics of Sorrow is now out, and a new US edition is coming out -- though not from Open Letter, who originally published it.

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       The last 100 reviews

       Another hundred reviews down at the complete review, so it's time for the next overview of the most recent batch of 100 reviews -- 5101 through 5200.

       - The last 100 reviews were posted over 240 days -- slightly quicker than the last 100, which took 252 days.
       The average reviewed book was 264.1 pages long, down considerably from the previous 100, where the average was a ridiculous 325 pages.
       None of the reviewed books were over 1000 pages long; in fact, only two were longer than 750 pages -- though 11 were in the 400-4999 page range. Only three books had less than a hundred pages, however; down from five in the previous hundred.

       - The last 100 reviews were 111,208 words long, down some from the previous 119,638. The longest review was 3016 words long, while five more were over 2000 words long; three reviews came in at under 500 words.

       - Reviewed books were originally written in 22 different languages (including English), with English again by far the most popular language, with 29 titles, followed by Japanese (13), French (11), and German (10). No new languages were added; the total number of languages represented remains 85. (See also the updated full breakdown of all the languages books under review were originally written in.)

       - Male-written books continued to be in the (super-)majority, with barely one in five -- 21 -- written by women. The historic sexist average of written-by-women titles under review has now crept up another .07 per cent, to ... 17.29.

       - No books were rated 'A+' or 'A'; ten titles were rated 'A-'. The lowest-rated titles were four rated 'B-'.
       With eleven reviewed books written before 1900, and twelve written 1900 to 1945, coverage of older titles was unusually heavy. Two titles first published in 2024 were already reviewed, as well as nine from 2023.
       Eighty-one of the reviewed titles were works of prose fiction (novels, stories, a novella), while, disappointingly, no dramas were reviewed.

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17 February 2024 - Saturday

Aka Morchiladze | The Hopkins Manuscript review

       Aka Morchiladze

       BNN reports that Journey to Karabakh and Obolé-author Aka Morchiladze: Georgia's Literary Gem Nominated for Nobel Prize in Literature; see also the Agende,ge report that Georgian author Aka Morchiladze nominated for Nobel Prize in Literature
       Apparently that's what the Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature has announced .....
       This pretty much blows any chance Morchiladze might have had to be long- or shortlisted for the prize: the Swedish Academy is pretty clear about this: "Making the nomination public is not allowed". This is the kind of thing they take pretty seriously .....

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       The Hopkins Manuscript review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of R.C. Sherriff's 1939 novel, The Hopkins Manuscript, recently re-issued in both the UK (as a Penguin Modern Classic) and the US.

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16 February 2024 - Friday

Swiss national literary prizes | Prix « Naissance d’une œuvre » finalists
Women's Prize for Non-Fiction longlist

       Swiss national literary prizes

       They've announced the Swiss national literary prizes, with seven prix suisses de littérature, as well as the Grand Prix suisse de littérature -- going to Klaus Merz -- and Dorothea Trottenberg winning the translation prize. (How -- and why -- did they get the poor authors to pose like that ?) See also swissinfo.ch report on all the prizes, Grand Prix Literature 2024 goes to author from canton Aargau.

       Several of Merz's works have been translated into English, including Stigmata of Bliss (Seagull Books) and An Audible Blue (White Pine Press).

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       Prix « Naissance d’une œuvre » finalists

       They've announced (warning ? dreaded pdf format ? what the hell ?) the four finalists for this year's prix «Naissance d’une œuvre», a well-paying (€20 000 !) French literary award for a fourth, fifth, or sixth novel -- a mid-career prize like the St. Francis College Literary Prize.
       What is particularly notable about this prize is that it is for: "une œuvre romanesque, à l’exception d’ouvrages d’auto-fiction" -- i.e. writers of auto-fiction need not apply (or at least won't be considered). Is there any hope of any US/UK prizes adopting a similar restriction ?
       The winner will be announced 29 May.

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       Women's Prize for Non-Fiction longlist

       They've announced the inaugural longlist for the Women's Prize for Non-Fiction -- sixteen titles.
       I haven't seen any of these.
       The shortlist will be announced 27 March, and the winner 13 June.

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15 February 2024 - Thursday

IPAF shortlist | Prix Mémorable | David Grossman Q & A

       IPAF shortlist

       They've announced the shortlist for this year's International Prize for Arabic Fiction, the leading Arabic-language novel prize.
       Six titles are left in the running; the winner will be announced 28 April.

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       Prix Mémorable

       The libraires Initiales have announced the winner of their prix Mémorable, a prize for re-issue of a book by an overlooked author, a translation of the work by a previously untranslated (into French) author, or a new translation of translation, and it is the French translation of Togawa Masako's The Master Key; see, for example, the Livres Hebdo report.
       See also the shortlisted titles.

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       David Grossman Q & A

       At Qantara.de Julia Encke has a Q & A with author David Grossman, in "I believe what Hamas says".
       Among his responses:
Are you managing to write at the moment, or is it impossible?

Grossman: It's impossible but unavoidable. Only when I write, do I breathe with both lungs. When I don't write, I'm completely at the mercy of the atrocities.

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14 February 2024 - Wednesday

Damon Galgut Q & A | Bluesky

       Damon Galgut Q & A

       In the Hindustan Times Simar Bhasin has a Q & A with Damon Galgut – “It’s much easier to oppress people you don’t see as fully human”.
       Among his responses:
Eurocentrism in publishing continues to determine what is read by a global audience when it comes to Anglophone literatures. Who are some of the South African writers that have not yet received due attention, in your opinion ?

Hmmm, that’s a tricky question. I tend to think that, in the long run, writers who are worth noticing do get noticed. But it can take a long while and no doubt injustices occur. I’ll limit myself to that reply and refrain from naming anybody, which is fair, because I’m woefully under read in South African literature anyway.

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       Bluesky

       I've been on Twitter since 2009 -- so long that the logo-button on the sidebar of this page is not the birdie of the past decade-plus but the previous Twitter.
       Under its new ownership, Twitter has deteriorated considerably. I can -- and continue to -- put up with much of it, but am particularly annoyed by the fact that it is now essentially closed off: you have to be signed in to read anyone's timeline; if that had been the case at the time I joined I wouldn't have. (Individual tweets can still be read without being signed in, but that's it.)
       One of the Twitter-alternatives, Bluesky has now opened up and feeds are publicly accessible; it is also no longer invite-only (i.e. anyone can sign up) -- and so I have, somewhat grudgingly, done so (though I am also still on Twitter)
       Aside from the fact that, visually and mostly functionally, it looks way too much like Twitter, it's also still pretty quiet there, as there's not near enough to a critical mass of users (there are apparently around five million or so right now). Maybe it'll be more interesting if it manages to grow, but for all the crap spewed about at Twitter (including far too much garbage-bot-advertising) it's still a far more useful forum.
       Anyway, if you are sniffing around Bluesky, you know where to find me.

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13 February 2024 - Tuesday

International Booker Prize dates | A Persian Requiem review

       International Booker Prize dates

       The International Booker Prize has announced the dates for this year's prize:
  • longlist announcement: 11 March
  • shortlist announcement: 9 April
  • winner announcement: 21 May

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       A Persian Requiem review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Simin Daneshvar's 1969 novel, A Persian Requiem -- perhaps the most famous modern Iranian novel.

       This translation came out in 1991, just a year after another one (published as Savushun); I'd be curious to compare them.

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12 February 2024 - Monday

Hansda Shekhar Q & A | 'Lost in translation ?' panel
The Tale of Genji in ... Chinese

       Hansda Shekhar Q & A

       At The Wire Varsha Tiwary has a Q & A with the translator, in 'Translators Shouldn’t Feel Guilty About Modifying the Text to Make it Appealing': Hansda Shekhar.
       Shekhar believes:
Translators should not feel guilty about modifying the translated text to make it more appealing and concise, about playing with the source text and working with it the way they find best. Translators should not feel guilty about not treating the source text with reverence (which, most of the time, is just an undue reverence).
       (As longtime readers know, my preference tends in a ... different direction.)

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       'Lost in translation ?' panel

       In The Morung Express they report on a recent panel at the White Owl Literature Festival & Book Fair asking (what's) 'Lost in translation ?', in Nagaland: ‘Each translator has a story to tell’.

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       The Tale of Genji in ... Chinese

       At Focus Taiwan Chiu Tsu-yin and Chao Yen-hsiang report that 3rd Chinese translation of 'The Tale of Genji' set to be published in 2024, as Lin Shui-fu -- who has also translated works by Kawabata, Tanizaki, and Ōe -- offers the first Chinese translation of the Japanese classic in over forty years.

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11 February 2024 - Sunday

Andrey Kurkov profile | Benyamin Q & A | Censorship in ... Kazakhstan

       Andrey Kurkov profile

       In The Guardian Nicholas Wroe has a profile of the Death and the Penguin-author, in Ukrainian writer Andrey Kurkov: ‘I felt guilty writing fiction in a time of war’.
       One hopes he'll be able to return to fiction, but it's understandable that:
Kurkov was 70 pages into a new novel when the invasion happened, but found that, “while I could produce quite a lot of journalism, I couldn’t write fiction”, he says. “Last summer I managed 30 more pages but then had another block. It somehow felt too guilty a pleasure to write fiction in a time of war. It felt like something sinful. To write a novel you also need to concentrate on the world of the novel, not on your reality. And the reality didn’t let me think about anything else. It was like being imprisoned by reality, checking the news every hour all day and then waking up several times a night to check it again.”

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       Benyamin Q & A

       At Scroll.in Diya Isha has a Q & A with the Goat Days-author, in ‘I am not a linear writer. If it’s a 300-page novel, I am not writing it sequentially’: Benyamin.
       About translation, he says:
Writing is one thing, and translation is a creative process in itself. If I interfere there, the flow and genuineness will be lost. So, I give all the freedom to the translators. With their own imagination and perception, they can translate. At the end of the day, I will simply read it. If the idea, the core of the novel, the core of the story, is not missed, I am not bothered about the translation.
       And Goat Days has been made into a film, coming out in April -- see the IMDb page.

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       Censorship in ... Kazakhstan

       At Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Chris Rickleton reports on Kazakhstan's 'Bloody January' Censorship: Good Books and Banned Books.

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10 February 2024 - Saturday

PEN/Faulkner Award longlist | Blue Lard review

       PEN/Faulkner Award longlist

       They've announced the longlist for this year's PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction -- ten titles selected from 445 (unfortunately not revealed) eligible novels and short story collections, from 205 publishing houses.
       The only one of the titles I've seen is Catherine Lacey's Biography of X.

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       Blue Lard review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Vladimir Sorokin's notorious 1999 novel, Blue Lard, finally out in English, from New York Review Books, in Max Lawton's translation.

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9 February 2024 - Friday

Geetanjali Shree Q & A | Katerina Clark (1941-2024)
Lionel Gelber Prize shortlist

       Geetanjali Shree Q & A

       In the Indian Express Saumya Rastogi has a Q & A with the Tomb of Sand author, in ‘We should not agonise about what is lost in translation’: Geetanjali Shree.

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       Katerina Clark (1941-2024)

       Katerina Clark -- best-known for her classic work on The Soviet Novel; see the Indiana University Press publicity page -- has passed away; see, for example, the Yale University Department of Comparative Literature report, In Memory of Katerina Clark.

       I have, and have been fascinated, by her recent Eurasia without Borders: The Dream of a Leftist Literary Commons, 1919-1943 -- see the Harvard University Press publicity page -- and hope to get a review up sooner or later.

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       Lionel Gelber Prize shortlist

       They've announced the shortlist for this year's Lionel Gelber Prize -- awarded: "for the world's best non-fiction book on international affairs published in English" --; see also the official press release (warning ! dreaded pdf format !).
       The winner will be announced on 6 March.

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8 February 2024 - Thursday

Translation Prizes | Story Prize longlist

       Translation Prizes

       The Society of Authors has announced the winners of this year's Translation Prizes.

       None of the winning titles are under review at the complete review, but several (co-)runners-up are:
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       Story Prize longlist

       The Story Prize announced its three-title shortlist a month ago -- but only now reveals the full longlist, twenty books selected from the 113 (unfortunately not revealed) books by 84 different publishers or imprints they considered.
       The winner will be announced 26 March.

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7 February 2024 - Wednesday

Parliamentary Book Awards | Writing in ... Belarus | Writing in ... Rwanda
Comics success in France | Plutarch Award longlist

       Parliamentary Book Awards

       They've announced the winners of this year's (British) Parliamentary Book Awards -- voted for by parliamentarians ! -- with MP Jesse Norman winning the award for Best Non-Fiction/Fiction by a Parliamentarian, for his novel, The Winding Stair. (Norman had already won a Parliamentary Book Award in 2018.)

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       Writing in ... Belarus

       At Eurozine Andrej Chadanovič considers, among other questions: "Why are books being banned and their authors not permitted to meet with readers in today’s Belarus ?" in Belarus and the ghosts of the wild hunt.

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       Writing in ... Rwanda

       At GlobalVoices Zita Zage writes about How Rwanda's literary giants promoted their country's rich culture through their work.

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       Comics success in France

       In The Guardian Phil Hoad reports ‘We didn’t expect this phenomenon to last’: France’s comic-book tradition is hitting new heights, as the 'BD' market has: "almost doubled in size from 48.4m sales a year to 87.2m"
       See also the site of the recently concluded Angoulême International Comics Festival.

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       Plutarch Award longlist

       The Biographers International Organization has announced the longlist for this year's Plutarch Award, a best biography award, ten titles selected from some 200 (unfortunately unidentified) books.

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6 February 2024 - Tuesday

Republic of Consciousness Prize longlist | Prix Sade longlist
Why Surrealism Matters review

       Republic of Consciousness Prize longlist

       The Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses, which: "rewards the best fiction by small presses publishing 12 or fewer titles a year and are wholly independent of any other commercial financial entity" has announced its latest longlist -- though not yet at the official site, last I checked. But see one of the judges, Declan O'Driscoll, writing on Choosing the Republic of Consciousness Prize 2024 longlist at the Irish Times.
       I've only seen one of these ten titles -- Barcode.

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       Prix Sade longlist

       They've announced the longlist for this year's prix Sade -- a French prize awarded for an erotic work of literature; see, for example, the Livres Hebdo report.
       Two of the titles are translations: the French editions of Arch Brown's A Pornographer and Jose Ando's ジャクソンひとり; the latter is due out in English from Soho Press; see also the New River Literary information page.
       The winner will be announced 28 September.

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       Why Surrealism Matters review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Mark Polizzotti's Why Surrealism Matters, recently out from Yale University Press.

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5 February 2024 - Monday

Korean literature abroad

       Korean literature abroad

       Literary agent Barbara J. Zitwer makes the case that ... 'Korea needs to do more for foreign literary agents', in Future for Korean books globally in The Korea Times -- noting, for example, that: "The Literature Translation Institute of Korea offers grants for publishers and translators but nothing for agents" .....

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4 February 2024 - Sunday

Christopher Priest (1943-2024) | Lars Iyer Q & A

       Christopher Priest (1943-2024)

       English author Christopher Priest has passed away; see, for example, James Moules's obituary from The Telegraph (here at Yahoo!).
       He is best-known for The Prestige -- made into a film by Christopher Nolan --; his most recent novel is Airside; see the Gollancz publicity page.

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       Lars Iyer Q & A

       At 3:AM Markku Nivalainen has A British Distance: Lars Iyer Interviewed.
       Iyer wonders:
Is literature alive or dead ? Or is it dead in its life — a phantom, a ghost, something of interest only to hauntology ? What is, or was literature ?

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3 February 2024 - Saturday

Bangla Academy Literary Awards | Belle de Jour review

       Bangla Academy Literary Awards

       The Bangla Academy has announced the winners of its Literary Awards (scroll down ofr latest winners); see also the report Winners of Bangla Academy Literary Award announced in the Dhaka Tribune.
       Nuruddin Jahangir and Salma Bani shared the award for best writers of fiction.

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       Belle de Jour review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Joseph Kessel's 1928 novel, Belle de Jour -- the basis for the Luis Buñuel film.

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2 February 2024 - Friday

Icelandic Literary Prize | Victorian Premier's Literary Awards
Ockham NZ Book Awards longlists

       Icelandic Literary Prize

       They've announced the winners of this year's Icelandic Literary Prize; see also the Reykjavík Literary Agency report.
       The fiction prize went to Ból, by Steinunn Sigurðardóttir; see also the RLA information page.

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       Victorian Premier's Literary Awards

       They've announced the winners of this year's Victorian Premier's Literary Awards
       Grace Yee's Chinese Fish won both the Poetry category as well as the top prize, the Victorian Prize for Literature; Melissa Lucashenko's Edenglassie won the Fiction prize.

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       Ockham NZ Book Awards longlists

       They've announced the longlists for this year's Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, 44 titles in the four categories.
       Several of the fiction titles have already been published in the US -- including Pet and Birnam Wood.
       And, wow, Te Herenga Waka University Press is a local fiction and poetry powerhouse.

       The shortlists will be announced 6 March, and the winners on 15 May.

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1 February 2024 - Thursday

Stanley Crawford (1937-2024) | The Rainbow review

       Stanley Crawford (1937-2024)

       American author Stanley Crawford has passed away; see, for example, the reports Dixon Garlic Farmer, Revered Author Stanley Crawford Dies at 86 by Julia Goldberg in the Santa Fe Reporter and New Mexico author and garlic farmer Stanley Crawford dies at 86 by Ollie Reed Jr. in the Albuquerque Journal.
       Dalkey Archive Press brought out his Log of the S.S. The Mrs. Unguentine, among other works; see their publicity page.

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       The Rainbow review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Nobel laureate Kawabata Yasunari's The Rainbow -- published in Japanese more than seventy years ago, but only now available in English.,

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31 January 2024 - Wednesday

Nero Book Awards category winners
Republic of Consciousness Prize (US/Canada) longlist

       Nero Book Awards category winners

       The Costa-replacement Nero Book Awards have announced their four category winners.
       From these one 'Gold Prize, Book of the Year' will be selected; the winner to be announced 14 March.

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       Republic of Consciousness Prize (US/Canada) longlist

       They've announced the ten-title-strong longlist for this year's Republic of Consciousness Prize (US/Canada).
       The prize is: "designed to celebrate the commitment of small presses to exceptional literary merit".
       Only one of the longlisted titles is under review at the complete review: The Birthday Party by Laurent Mauvignier.
       The shortlist will be announced 5 March, and the winner on 19 March.

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30 January 2024 - Tuesday

N. Scott Momaday (1934-2024) | Prix Jean Monnet longlist | Aurora review

       N. Scott Momaday (1934-2024)

       American author N. Scott Momaday has passed away; see for example the AP and The New York Times obituaries.

       His House Made of Dawn won the 1969 Pulitzer Prize; get your copy at Amazon.com, Bookshop.org, or Amazon.co.uk.

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       Prix Jean Monnet longlist

       They've announced the eight-title longlist for this year's prix Jean Monnet de littérature européenne; see, for example, the Livres Hebdo report.
       One work written in English made the list: Ian McEwan's Lessons.
       The winner will be announce 16 November.

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       Aurora review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Kim Stanley Robinson's 2015 novel, Aurora.

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29 January 2024 - Monday

Publishing in ... India

       Publishing in ... India

       In the South China Morning Post Asma Hafiz reports on how India’s publishing world has ‘hardly any diversity’. Dalit writers are changing that.

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