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Jeffrey Greene & Ralph Petty: Shades of the Other Shore

The Cahiers Series is swiftly becoming my favorite place to look for small explorations. At its center, the series is set up to explore translation, but, as publisher Ornan Rotem said (here), "[translation] understood in very broad terms; that is to say, not only as the transition from one natural language to another, but also the shift between media and [...]

By | January 15th, 2014|Categories: Jeffrey Greene, Ralph Petty|1 Comment

A.K. Ramanujan: The Interior Landscape: Classical Tamil Love Poems

One day the scholar/poet A.K. Ramanujan was sifting through stacks of uncatalogued books in University of Chicago's library. He stumbled upon an anthology of around 400 classical Tamil poems that deal with love and separation, the Kuruntokai. The Kuruntokai itself is a part of a larger work, the Ettutokai, which consists of 2,371 poems by around 470 poets writing between 200 [...]

By | January 14th, 2014|Categories: A.K. Ramanujan|10 Comments

National Book Critics Circle Finalists

Today the NBCC announced their finalists. Fiction: Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Someone, by Alice McDermott The Infatuations, by Javier Marías (my review here) A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt Nonfiction: Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt that Brought Him to Justice, by Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy Five [...]

By | January 13th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|3 Comments

Akhil Sharma: “A Mistake”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage. Akhil Sharma’s “A Mistake” was originally published in the January 20, 2014 issue of The New Yorker. Click for a larger image. Betsy “A Mistake,” by Akhil Sharma, is, according to the Page-Turner interview with Deborah Treisman, the fictional account of an event that really [...]

By | January 13th, 2014|Categories: Akhil Sharma, New Yorker Fiction|11 Comments

Stefan Zweig: Letter from an Unknown Woman

Despite considering myself a fan of Stefan Zweig's emotionally turbulent stories since I read his novella Chess Story back in 2008 (my thoughts here, in one of my first posts on this blog), until recently I had no idea he wrote Letter from an Unknown Woman (Brief einer Unbekannten, 1922; tr. from the German by Anthea Bell, 2013). I knew this story pretty well [...]

By | January 9th, 2014|Categories: Stefan Zweig|16 Comments

Dan Chiasson: “Obituary”

Dan Chiasson’s "Obituary” was first published in the January 6, 2014 issue of The New Yorker and is available here for subscribers. Dan Chiasson’s “Obituary” is interesting but difficult. I am not exactly at sea with it, but neither am I safe on shore. This is an accounting of some of the thoughts I had while studying the language of the [...]

By | January 8th, 2014|Categories: Dan Chiasson|24 Comments
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