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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

Before the Best Translated Book Award put Georges-Olivier Châteaureynard’s A Life on Paper on its longlist (and now it’s a finalist), I had never heard of this French author, despite his long career (not that this surprises me).  I hope to get to know his work much better, though that will require…

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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…