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Victor Lodato: “P.E.”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Victor Lodato’s “P.E.” was originally published in the April 2, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. I don’t believe I’d ever heard of Victor Lodato before, but he’s a Guggenheim Fellow, a poet,…

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2012 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

The winner of this year’s PEN/Faulkner was announced this morning. The Buddha in the Attic, by Julie Otsuka The winner gets $15,000.  I have this book on hand and have been meaning to read it since it was also a finalist for the National Book Award back in November.  It’s…

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The Story Prize Winner

This past week the winner of The Story Prize was announced, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. We Others, by Steven Millhauser (my review here) I loved this collection, and I’m glad Millhauser walked away with the $20,000 winnings.  The other two finalists (who each get $5,000) were…

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Nescio: Amsterdam Stories

I’d only heard the name Nescio whispered here and there over the past few years (and I’m pretty sure I’d never heard of him at all before that).  A Dutch master, well-known in his own country, 2012 marks the first time any of Nescio’s work is available in English, even though three of his major works…

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Moacyr Scliar: Kafka’s Leopards

This novella is precisely why I love the Best Translated Book Award. I hadn’t paid much attention to this little book put out by Texas Tech University Press as part of their “The Americas” series, so, were it not for its placement on the longlist, I doubt I would have read…

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Antonya Nelson: “Chapter Two”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Antonya Nelson’s “Chapter Two” was originally published in the March 26, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. Antonya Nelson’s “Soldier Joy” was one of the first New Yorker stories I posted about…

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Edouard Levé: Suicide

The first time I heard about Edouard Levé was when a piece of his was published in the Spring 2011 issue of The Paris Review.  It was called “When I look at a Strawberry, I Think of a Tongue.”  Here is how the strange — and strangely compelling — piece begins: When I…

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Rivka Galchen: “Appreciation”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Rivka Galchen’s “Appreciation” was originally published in the March 19, 2012 issue of The New Yorker. I have read little by Rivka Galchen, but didn’t really enjoy the last piece she published in…

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Juan José Saer: Scars

I’m officially underway in my effort to read most (probably not all) of this year’s Best Translated Book Award longlist (it’s a very long list, at 25 titles) (the complete list here).  I now have 18 of the titles and have finished reading five with Juan José Saer’s startling Scars (Cicatrices,…

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2012 National Book Critics Circle Award Winners

Tonight the NBCC Award winners were announced.  Fiction: Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories, by Edith Pearlman Nonfiction: Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary War, by Maya Jasanoff Biography: George F. Kennan: An American Life, by John Lewis Gaddis Poetry: Space, in Chains, by Laura Kasischke Autobiography: The Memory…