Hungarian for Inspiration

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

• Andrew Ervin, author of the collection of linked novellas Extraordinary Renditions discusses the woeful lack of Hungarian literature translated into English and offers a survey of titles that are available and should not be missed. By Andrew Ervin Though I lived in Budapest for over four years, from November 1994 to March 1999, my grasp of the Hungarian language …

What Germany is Reading This Week

In German Buch News by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Gathered from Boersenblatt.net, here are the top ten fiction and nonfiction hardcover bestsellers in Germany this week. Top 10 Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers in Germany (Oct 28 – Nov 3) (From Boersenblatt.net) Ken Follett: Sturz der Titanen German Publisher: Bastei Luebbe (Translated from English) Original: Fall of Giants, published by Dutton Adult Elizabeth George: Wer dem Tode geweiht …

The Best of Young German-language Lit

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Looking for a primer on the best in contemporary German-language lit? Look no further than this piece written by Ina Hartwig for Die Zeit — and translated into English. The authors discussed include Lutz Seiler, Ulrich Peltzer, David Wagner, Clemens Meyer, Marlene Streeruwitz, and others. Hartwig begins: How often has contemporary German-language literature been accused of lacking urgency? The …

UK Launches “Fiction Uncovered” to Promote Eight Underappreciated Authors

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Arts Council England has announced a major new initiative to support eight underappreciated writers in the UK with through major publicity, marketing and retail promotions with Waterstone’s, Foyles and The Book Depository. Dubbed, Fiction Uncovered, it is described as “a major new promotion to support our best fiction writers The promotion pledges to support those writers …

Book Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwendolyn Dawson Told from the perspective of a 5-year-old boy named Jack, Donoghue’s Booker Prize-shortlisted novel Room is the story of a mother and her child held in captivity in a 121 square-foot room. Jack was born in the room and knows no other existence. To him, the small space is the entire world, and he and his mother are …

Does American Publishing Have Too Much Influence on Global Book Culture?

In Discussion, Resources by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story features comments by Argentine-born Canadian writer, translator, and editor Alberto Manguel, who proclaimed at the recent Berlin International Literature Festival that “The [American] publishing industry has become, in the past 10–15 years, one of the worst and most dangerous things that has happened to the works of art and literature.” Manguel is known, amongst other …

Book Review: In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

Review by Gwendolyn Dawson In South African writer Damon Galgut’s latest novel, which is shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Man Booker Prize, the narrator (also named Damon) describes three different journeys he took as a younger man, one where he filled the role of the follower, one the lover, and one the guardian. Although each trip is distinct, involving different …

“The Best Tool Available”: Portugal’s José Rodrigues dos Santos on Truth vs. Fiction

In English Language by Guest Contributor

• José Rodrigues dos Santos, one of Portugal’s best known journalists and novelists, discusses the relationship between truth and fiction. • “If I was doing journalism, I should tell the truth, right?” he posits, only to reveal that sometimes fiction is, indeed, “the best tool available” — the proverbial lie that tells the actual truth. By José Rodrigues dos Santos LISBON: …

Review: The Surf Guru by Doug Dorst

In Book Review by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Surf Guru shows off what Doug Dorst does best, which is channel an array of lifelike voices that seem to be simultaneously of and not of this world. Much like his debut novel, 2008’s Alive in Necropolis, which featured a cast of fictional and historical characters, some who were alive and most who were dead, his latest book …

Review: A Visit from the Good Squad by Jennifer Egan

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

Reviewed by Gwendolyn Dawson Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Good Squad, is a collection of loosely connected short stories presented as a novel that spans decades and covers the overlapping lives of numerous characters. Each of thirteen chapters is told from the perspective of a different character, such that no single character emerges as a protagonist. In addition to …