William Trevor: Death in Summer

Over the past few years I've developed a deep love for William Trevor's short stories. Particularly this past month, regular visitors here have caught wind of this (and hopefully have sought him out if they did not already know his work). But until now, I had never read one of his novels, and he's written many in his 84 years. [...]

By | 2013-01-31T01:49:21+00:00 January 31st, 2013|Categories: William Trevor|9 Comments

Yoko Ogawa: Revenge

I've been hearing about Yoko Ogawa for a few years now, but I haven't read her books and really didn't even know what they were about. But there was something striking and terrifying about her new book Revenge (Kamoku na shigai, 1998; tr. from the Japanese by Stephen Snyder, 2013). Time to find out more about Ogawa. [...]

By | 2013-01-29T13:06:26+00:00 January 29th, 2013|Categories: Yoko Ogawa|10 Comments

The 2013 Man Booker International Prize Finalists

The ten Man Booker International Prize Finalists are: U R Ananthamurthy (India) Aharon Appelfeld (Israel) Lydia Davis (USA) Intizar Husain (Pakistan) Yan Lianke (China) Marie NDiaye (France) Josip Novakovich (Canada) Marilynne Robinson (USA) Vladimir Sorokin (Russia) Peter Stamm (Switzerland) This marks the second time in a row that there have been no Latin American authors, not that that's at all surprising given the judges' backgrounds. I [...]

By | 2013-01-24T12:17:24+00:00 January 24th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|12 Comments

Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky: Memories of the Future

Trevor reviews Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky's posthumously published collection of short stories, Memories of the Future, translated from the Russian by Joanne Turnbull. Read the full post.

By | 2014-06-05T17:01:34+00:00 January 22nd, 2013|Categories: Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Kevin Canty: “Mayfly”

Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Kevin Canty's “Mayfly” was originally published in the January 28, 2013 issue of The New Yorker. Click for a larger image. Though Kevin Canty has been around for a while (with four [...]

By | 2013-01-21T15:29:55+00:00 January 21st, 2013|Categories: Kevin Canty, New Yorker Fiction|2 Comments

Ricardo Lísias: “Evo Morales”

Ricardo Lísias's "Evo Morales" (tr. from the Portuguese by Nick Caistor) is the fourth story in Granta 121: The Best of Young Brazilian Novelists. For an overview of the issue and links to my reviews of its other stories, please click here. Before I read "Evo Morales" I read the tiny biography of Lísias in the magazine. [...]

By | 2013-01-18T12:43:08+00:00 January 18th, 2013|Categories: Ricardo Lísias|2 Comments