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Twenty Short Pieces of Modern Korean Literature

The Literature Translation Institute of Korea has been actively working to showcase English translations of modern Korean literature. Last year, they collaborated with Dalkey Archive to bring out the first ten of a planned twenty-five book set of modern Korean literature "aim[ed] to introduce the intellectual and aesthetic diversity of contemporary Korean writing to English Language Readers" (see The Dalkey [...]

By | February 18th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Twenty Short Pieces of Modern Korean Literature

Leigh Brackett: The Long Tomorrow

I have to admit that I didn't know Leigh Brackett was a renowned science fiction author. I only knew her through her screenwriting credits. In 1946 she worked with William Faulkner on Howard Hawks' film adaptation of Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep. In 1959, she worked with Hawks again on his 1959 film Rio Bravo, one of my favorites. She returned to Raymond Chandler in 1973, writing the screenplay for [...]

By | February 18th, 2014|Categories: Leigh Brackett|9 Comments

Dan Rhodes: Marry Me

Dan Rhodes' Marry Me (2013), just out in the U.S. from Europa Editions, is a collection of around 80 short -- very short -- stories focused on, says Michael Dirda in his exciting review for The Washington Post (here), love, marriage, infidelity, divorce, and death. Perfect for Valentine's Day, right? I actually do not have this book. Earlier in the week, [...]

By | February 14th, 2014|Categories: Dan Rhodes|2 Comments

Alice Munro: “Baptizing”

“Baptizing” is the seventh piece in Alice Munro’s second book, Lives of Girls and Women. For an overview with links to reviews of the other pieces in this book, please click here. Trevor Baptism represents the death of one life and a rebirth into another. In "Baptism," Del is seventeen years old, and she recognizes she is about to launch her [...]

By | February 13th, 2014|Categories: Alice Munro|4 Comments

Bernard Malamud: The Natural

Later this month, The Library of America will publish the first two of what will be three volumes of Bernard Malamud's work: Malamud: Novels and Stories of the 1940s & 50s and Malamud: Novels and Stories of the 1960s. Before these volumes arrived, I'd read only The Fixer (included in the second volume), and that was five years ago (my review here). Since then, I've [...]

By | February 11th, 2014|Categories: Bernard Malamud|2 Comments