Links Roundup June 4-8

News & Comment

Grant Snider breaks down Haruki Murakami so you can play along at home

Álvaro Mutis’ The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll (trans. Edith Grossman) journey into the heart of lightness

Can literature bear witness? Herta Müller should know

Bungee jumping inside your head: Dutch writer Guus Kuijer has won the 2012 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

How U of Chicago Press recovered a Venezuelan classic, Rómulo Gallegos’ Doña Barbara

Winners of the 2012 Susan Sontag Prize for Translation: Julia Powers and Adam Morris. Congrats!


Satantango author László Krasznahorkai will be reading and discussing his work in NYC, DC, SF starting Monday June 11th

Russia’s all over NYC this week, in events for “Read Russia” at Book Expo America–see overview at Three Percent

New Work

New Poetry from Spain: An Anthology edited and translated by López-Luaces, Lorenz, and Lamboy

Are you outraged? Stéphane Hessel and Edgar Morin offer The Path to Hope (trans. Anthony Shugaar)

Sébastien Smirou’s My Lorenzo (Burning Deck, tr. Andrew Zawacki) is an oblique gallery portrait of Lorenzo de’ Medici

Loose Translations Prize winner: Anne Posten’s translation of Tankred Dorst and Ursula Ehler’s This Beautiful Place

There was a woman who lived by the sea . . . in Paul Willems’ “The Colors of the World” (translated by Edward Gauvin)

A compact political device, a war machine: Tiqqun’s Theory of the Young-Girl (trans. Ariana Reines) at Triple Canopy

“At the heart of the word TREE / the head of the word BRANCH / chopped off”: Ghérasim Luca, translated by Mary Ann Caws

Thani Al-Suwaidi’s transgender novel The Diesel comes from new publisher ANTIBOOKCLUB–preorder and win prizes!

Recommended Reading brings you Near to the Wild HeartClarice Lispector’s stunning debut (trans. Alison Entrekin)


We are all Wandernburgers: Andrés Neuman’s Traveler of the Century reviewed at Words Without Borders

“Bieńczyk’s Transparency both seizes and beautifully frees us,” writes David Winters in The Quarterly Conversation

Juan José Saer’s Scars (tr. Steve Dolph) is a game, a gamble, an interrogation, says Richard Farrell at Numéro Cinq

What a thin veneer civilisation is: Intelligent Life reads Peter Stamm’s Seven Years (tr. Michael Hofmann)

A portrait in four novels: Caroyln Kellogg on New Directions’ new translations of Clarice Lispector, at the LA Times

Among the great war novels“: Nicolai Lilin’s Sniper, about the Chechen War, translated from Italian by Jamie Richards

Raha Namy reads between the redactions of Mandanipour’s Censoring an Iranian Love Story at Quarterly Conversation

“The Marilyn Monroe of Santo Domingo” and other new translations–of language, of worldview–in WWB‘s third “Queer Issue”

Nice save, Twisted Spoon: Valerie O’Riordan likes Bruno Jasieński’s I Burn Paris, at Bookmunch

What fresh Hell is this? Steve Donoghue on Mary Jo Bang’s new Inferno (after Dante), at The Quarterly Conversation

On Translation

Translation is both serendipity and discipline, according to Liesl Schillinger

Fame and fortune are finally catching up with Chinese translator Bill Porter (Red Pine)

Emily Gale writes about being translated–from English to American!

Success in translation publishing today takes magic, says And Other Stories’ Stefan Tobler


Calypso Editions announces a translation contest–poetry or prose, prize $1000 plus publication

Emerging German translators, apply for “New Books in German” September workshop in London

Have a Paris-specific project? Apply (by June 17th) for a 3-month residency at the Couvent des Récollets

no man’s land seeks translations of contemporary German-language writing for issue 7; deadline August 1st

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