Image of The City and the Writer: In Cork with Billy Ramsell

The City and the Writer: In Cork with Billy Ramsell

Special City Series: Ireland 2015 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                              …...read more »

The Week in Translation

GO what: Maja Haderlap and her US Translator Tess Lewis will be presented at the Austrian Cultural Forum's 2015 Translation Award Ceremony. when: March 24, 7pm where: 11 East 52nd Street, NY more info and to rsvp: http://ow.ly/KmVTX   what: Translated World-What's On…...read more »
Image of Notes on Credulity, part 2

Notes on Credulity, part 2

Read the first part of this essay here. My father cherished two things: Mass and the opera. He was a cantor in the church and when he used to visit us in Berlin, where we lived for a number of years, he’d regularly visit the Komische Oper—always alone. Was he protecting what he loved from…...read more »
Image of Notes on Credulity, part 1

Notes on Credulity, part 1

The best one can hope for as a human being is to have a relationship with that emptiness where God would be if God was available, but God isn’t.      —Anne Carson No writer lacks belief in the metaphysical. When Joyce writes to Nora, “How I hate God and death,”…...read more »

The Week in Translation

  GO what: Maja Haderlap and her US Translator Tess Lewis will be presented at the Austrian Cultural Forum's 2015 Translation Award Ceremony. when: March 24, 7pm where: 11 East 52nd Street, NY more info and to rsvp: http://ow.ly/KmVTX   SUBMIT   what: Call for submissions:…...read more »
Image of My Favorite Bookstore: Nicolette Hoekmeijer on Athenaeum Amsterdam

My Favorite Bookstore: Nicolette Hoekmeijer on Athenaeum Amsterdam

Athenaeum Booksellers, Spui 14-16, 1012 XA Amsterdam Imagine you’re a young Japanese tourist in Amsterdam who suddenly feels the urge to read up on his next holiday destination in the travel magazine WYP (働きながらインを探). Or you’re…...read more »

Spirited Away: Hideo Furukawa’s “Horses, Horses, in the Innocence of Light,” Part 2

Read the first part of this excerpt here. We took off in the middle of the night. Four of us stuffed into a small car with a license plate from Kashiwa, in Chiba. A rental car. For the people from Shinchō publishing this was just a continuation of the evening. Not for me. For me, following one or…...read more »

Spirited Away: Hideo Furukawa’s “Horses, Horses, in the Innocence of Light,” Part 1

Translator's Note: Furukawa Hideo is one of the most powerful and energetic of contemporary Japanese writers. His writings, like his readings, come in torrents. They reflect his background in theater and stage. While Furukawa is from Fukushima Prefecture, from a town called Kōriyama, and while…...read more »
Image of The City and the Writer: In Dublin with Roddy Doyle

The City and the Writer: In Dublin with Roddy Doyle

Special City Series: Ireland 2015 If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains.                              …...read more »

The Week in Translation

GO   what: A Celebration of International Poetry: Tomasz Różycki and Matthew Rohrer with Mira Rosenthal, co-presented by the Kosciuszko Foundation and the Polish Cultural Institute when: Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 pm where: The Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th Street, New York, NY…...read more »

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Man Booker Finalists, (Just about) All in One Place

There are many reasons to be excited about the Man Booker International Prize Finalists' List announced Tuesday. The ten authors come from ten different countries, six of which—Libya, Mozambique, Guadeloupe, Hungary, South Africa, and Congo—appear for the first time; and eight of the ten write in languages other than English. We're delighted that six of those eight appear in our pages. César Aira's Literary Conference sees an impoverished translator finding a pirate's treasure. Congolese novelist Alain Mabanckou contributes excerpts from African Psycho, Broken Glass, and Blue, White, Red. Take a deep breath before reading László Krasznahorkai's headlong single-sentence story, "Ultimo Lobo". Mozambique's Mia Couto swings from elegy to whimsy with "Old Man with Garden at the Rear End of Time" and "The Fat Indian Girl."  Libyan writer Ibrahim al-Koni's "Right Course," from his Seven Veils of Seth, reveals the malice of camels; Marlene van Niekerk's Agaat subverts the tradition of the Afrikaans farm novel. The winner, who'll receive a thumping £60,000, will be announced May 19. Congratulations and good luck to all. 


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