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2011 Best Translated Book Award Winners

The 2011 Best Translated Book Award winners were announced tonight. Fiction: The True Deceiver, by Tove Jansson, translated from the Swedish by Thomas Teal Poetry: The Book of Things, by Aleš Šteger, translated from the Slovenian by Brian Henry Excellent!  And this is the first year the winners get some…

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Sam Lipsyte: “Deniers”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage.  Sam Lipsyte’s “Deniers” was first published in The New Yorker‘s May 2, 2011, issue. The first thing I’d read by Sam Lipsyte was “The Dungeon Master,” published last year in The New Yorker (my thoughts here).  I…

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J.M. Coetzee: Summertime

And so I’ve made it to the last (or, perhaps, most recent) of Coetzee’s fictional/factual memoirs, Summertime (2009).  I’d been looking forward to reading this book for some time.  It was a finalist for the 2009 Man Book Prize, and I cheered for it even though at the time I…

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J.M. Coetzee: Youth

There was an interesting comment stream on John Self’s recent review of John Burnside’s A Lie About My Father, a memoir.  Is there a greater proportion of lousy memoirs than in other book categories, even throwing trashy celebrity and misery memoirs out of the mix?  What makes someone’s life interesting to those of us not living…

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Thomas McGuane: “The Good Samaritan”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Thomas McGuane’s “The Good Samaritan” was first published in The New Yorker‘s April 25, 2011, issue. I don’t know much about Thomas McGuane.  His most recent novel is Driving the Rim, a…

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J.M. Coetzee: Boyhood

Certain that I would enjoy them, I’ve been putting off reading J.M. Coetzee’s three fictional memoirs for some time, even going so far as to assume that, had I read it, I would have chosen his third, Summertime, as the 2009 winner of the Booker Prize.  So, when I got that Coetzee craving,…

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2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

The 2011 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is: A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan The two other finalists are: The Privileges, by Jonathan Dee The Surrendered, by Chang-rae Lee If you have read my review of Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad (linked to above),…

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Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud: A Life on Paper

Trevor reviews Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud’s remarkable collection of short stories, A Life on Paper, translated from the French by Edward Gauvin. Read the full post

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Ludmilla Petrushevskaya: “A Withered Branch”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Ludmilla Petrushevskaya’s “A Withered Branch” was first published in The New Yorker‘s April 18, 2011, issue. Back in 2009, Petrushevskaya published “The Fountain House” in The New Yorker (Aug. 31,…

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2011 IMPAC Finalists

And in more prize news, the 2011 IMPAC Dublin Award shortlist has been announced.  I’ve read two (the ones with links below). Galore, by Michael Crummey The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver The Vagrants, by Yiyun Li Ransom, by David Malouf Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann Little Bird…

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2011 Orange Prize Shortlist

Here are the finalists for the 2011 Orange Prize.  Surprisingly, I’ve already read two of the six (the ones with links below).  I’ve read an exceprt from The Tiger’s Wife and wasn’t a fan, though I note that many many many people are praising it.  I have no interest in…

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John McGahern: Amongst Women

From blogging friends, I’ve heard a lot of good things about John McGahern, and I’d marked him as an author to read, anticipating a good relationship.  However, when KevinfromCanada made an aside that compared McGahern to John Williams I knew I needed to get serious.  Unfortunately, many of his works are out of…

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Keith Ridgway: “Goo Book”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Keith Ridgway’s “Goo Book” was first published in The New Yorker‘s April 11, 2011, issue. Over at Asylum, John Self has praised Keith Ridgway: “When I rule the world, the…

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Philip Roth: Operation Shylock

Since finishing Roth’s Zuckerman books and the Nemeses tetralogy, I have found myself unsure what Roth to read next.  I had heard great things about his PEN/Faulkner winning Operation Shylock  (1993), written at the height of Roth’s experiments with literary doppelgängers.  Sure, Roth had been playing with the relationship between an author…