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September, 2009

“The German Mujahid” by Boualem Sansal

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It's common knowledge that, at the end of WWII, many German war criminals fled from justice via "ratlines" to South American countries. Less notorious, though, are the Nazis who, like the title character of Algerian novelist Boualem Sansal's excoriating new novel, The German Mujahid, found permanent…...

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Susan Sontag Prize for Translation Open to Submissions The prize, in its third annual iteration, includes a $5,000 grant for the proposed translation of a work of fiction or letters by anyone under the age of 30. The 2010 prize accepts proposals for work from Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, or Icelandic…...

Dispatches: An African in Greenland

With its bookshelves organized by country, New York’s Idlewild Books is a great resource for anyone who wants to delve into a particular corner of the world. For instance, fiction from the Cape Verde islands is very tough to find, and when I was there the other day I was surprised and impressed…...

The Nobel Prize in Literature: Our Office Pool

Between the World Cup and the World Series comes high season for world literature: time to place your bets on this year's candidates for the Nobel Prize in Literature. You can read two of the usual suspects, Adonis and Ko Un, right here, as well as 2008 laureate J. M. G. Le Clézio, 1988 laureate…...

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More than the Facts In gearing up for the coming two-day symposium on literary reportage, After Kapuściński: The Art of Reportage in the 21st Century, fellow sponsor The National Book Critics Circle has posted a thorough summary of the events and participants at Critical Mass. Eric Banks writes:…...

The Launch of Belletrista: Celebrating Women Writers from Around the World

A new bi-monthly magazine celebrating women writers has landed. Belletrista, carved of moonlight, aims to share the varying voices of females internationally and I couldn't be happier about it. In solidarity through our gender and our craft, this magazine is exposing readers to a galaxy of known and…...

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Bending the Bow: An Anthology of African Love Poetry

Bending the Bow: An Anthology of African Love Poetry was released in July 2009 by Southern Illinois University Press. Edited by Frank M. Chipasula, himself an African poet, it is a generous and attractively produced collection of a type of poetry that many people apparently haven't even noticed before.…...

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Etgar Keret's Complicated Characters Sydney's Morning Herald has a great profile on Israeli short story writer Etgar Keret today. In the interview, Keret describes what he calls Israelis' schizophrenic nature, which he says many politically-charged readers have refused to face abroad. He describes a…...

Notes from the Brooklyn Book Festival

After an hour-long Subway ride due to weekend delays, I emerged from the steps at Borough Hall station in Brooklyn to the plaza, where I was pleasantly transported from the dark inertia to the middle of a free, public, outdoor literary celebration. The annual Festival is one of New York's greatest features,…...

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International Stage at Brooklyn Book Festival No matter where you're coming from, a trip to the Brooklyn Book Festival, now in its fourth year, is sure to be worthwhile. It's distinctly local flavor adds greater value to the large scope of readings and panels, and our only wish is that it could be held…...

Weekend Reading, Sept. 4th

End of summer here in upstate New York and the cool weather is already beginning to show its face. That means more reading soon instead of our usual summery frolicking. But until then we leave you with an abbreviated weekend reading suggestion. This week we offer something by one of our absolute favorites,…...

The Task of the Novelist at the University

Like last year, I am going to teach two courses in the Netherlands this fall. One course is on two books by Coetzee, at the University of Leiden, and one is on genetic modification from a literary point of view at the University of Wageningen. According to its website, Wageningen is íthe leading…...

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New in Catalan Literature The September issue of World Literature Today is carrying a special feature on Catalan literature, guest edited by Lawrence Venuti. In his introduction, Venuti highlights the growth of Catalan literature since the end of Franco's rule in 1975, during which many Catalan writers…...

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