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  15. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Prolific author and translator Brian Stableford has passed away; see, for example, the Reactor <a href="https://reactormag.com/author-and-translator-brian-stableford-passes-away-at-age-75/" target="_blank">report</a>.
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  17. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;His <a href="http://www.philsp.com/stableford/translations.htm" target="_blank">list of translations</a> -- mainly from the French, of work written around 1900 (up and down a few decades) -- is awesome.
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  22. <title>Gigi Chang profile</title>
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  25. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;In the <i>South China Morning Post</i>'s Young Post Kathryn Giordano reports on <a href="https://www.scmp.com/yp/discover/lifestyle/features/article/3252770/bridging-gap-how-translator-gigi-chang-introduced-beloved-condor-trilogy-chinese-fantasy-novels" target="_blank">Bridging the gap: how translator Gigi Chang introduced the beloved 'Condor Trilogy' Chinese fantasy novels to the Western world</a>.
  26. <br>
  27. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The first four books in the Jin Yong-series are under review at the <font color="#a52a2a"><i>complete review</i></font>, beginning with <a href="https://www.complete-review.com/reviews/jin_yong/legends_condor_I.htm" target="_blank">A Hero Born</a>.
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  35. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The most recent addition to the <font color="#a52a2a"><i>complete review</i></font> is my review of &#201;ric Chevillard's collection of <a href="https://www.complete-review.com/reviews/modfr/chevill6.htm" target="_blank">Museum Visits</a>, recently out in Yale University Press' Margellos World Republic of Letters-series.
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  41. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402c.htm#cu2</link>
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  43. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The <a href="https://www.worldliteraturetoday.org/2024/march" target="_blank">March-April</a> issue of <i>World Literature Today</i> is now available, with a focus on: Writing the Polycrisis: Dispatches from a Calamitous Planet -- and, of course, the always interesting <a href="https://www.worldliteraturetoday.org/book-review/2024/March" target="_blank">book review</a> section.
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  51. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The most recent addition to the <font color="#a52a2a"><i>complete review</i></font> is my review of &#193;lvaro Mutis' <a href="https://www.complete-review.com/reviews/mutisa/maqrolls_prayer.htm" target="_blank">Maqroll's Prayer</a> <i>and Other Poems</i>.
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  56. <title>Book World Prague preview</title>
  57. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402c.htm#ct8</link>
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  59. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.svetknihy.cz/?lang=en_US.UTF-8" target="_blank">Book World Prague</a> is still a ways away -- it runs 23 to 26 May  -- but at Radio Prague International Ruth Fra&#328;kov&#225; has a Q &amp; A with its director, Radovan Auer, in <a href="https://english.radio.cz/franz-kafka-and-german-speaking-literature-focus-years-book-world-prague-8809407" target="_blank">Franz Kafka and German-speaking literature focus of this year's Book World Prague</a>.
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  64. <title>Wafer-Thin Reading Group</title>
  65. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402c.htm#ct9</link>
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  67. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="https://waferthinbooks.com/" target="_blank">Wafer Thin Books</a> is 'A Place for Slim Volumes That Pack a Punch', with a monthly reading group that reads short books.
  68. <br>
  69. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;They have an excellent line-up this year, including several titles under review at the <font color="#a52a2a"><i>complete review</i></font> -- including the book that will <a href="https://waferthinbooks.com/2024/02/01/februarys-book-an-untouched-house-by-w-f-hermans/" target="_blank">be discussed</a> today, at 20:00 EST, Willem Frederik Hermans's very good <a href="https://www.complete-review.com/reviews/hermansw/untouched_house.htm" target="_blank">An Untouched House</a>.
  70. <br>
  71. <br>
  72. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;They've also now posted an overview of the <a href="https://waferthinbooks.com/2024/02/25/top-rated-wafer-thin-novels-from-the-complete-review/" target="_blank">Top-Rated Wafer-Thin Novels from The Complete Review</a> -- as, while I do tend towards heftier volumes, quite a few slim ones also are among the highest-rated.
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  77. <title>Placita review</title>
  78. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402c.htm#cu1</link>
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  80. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The most recent addition to the <font color="#a52a2a"><i>complete review</i></font> is my review of A&#235;tius' <a href="https://www.complete-review.com/reviews/agreek/aetius.htm" target="_blank">Placita</a>, recently out in a Loeb Classical Library-edition from Harvard University Press.
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  85. <title>Zeruya Shalev Q &amp; A</title>
  86. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402c.htm#ct6</link>
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  88. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;At Qantara.de Julia Encke has a Q &amp; A with Zeruya Shalev, <a href="https://qantara.de/en/article/israeli-author-zeruya-shalev-i-am-shocked-and-grieving-yet-hopeful" target="_blank">&quot;I am shocked and grieving, yet hopeful&quot;</a>.
  89. <br>
  90. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Among her observations: &quot;Critics had enormous power back then when there was no Internet&quot;.
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  95. <title>Bad Luck and Trouble review</title>
  96. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402c.htm#ct7</link>
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  98. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The most recent addition to the <font color="#a52a2a"><i>complete review</i></font> is my review of Lee Child's <a href="https://www.complete-review.com/reviews/thriller/childl11.htm" target="_blank">Bad Luck and Trouble</a>.
  99. <br>
  100. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;This 2007 novel was the eleventh Jack Reacher novel -- and the basis for the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Reacher-Season-2/dp/B0CH99VGR8/ref=nosim/completereview" target="_blank">second season</a> of the Reacher-miniseries on Amazon.
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  105. <title>PEN Translates winners</title>
  106. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402c.htm#ct4</link>
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  108. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;English PEN has <a href="https://www.englishpen.org/posts/news/pen-translates-winners-announced-4/" target="_blank">announced</a> the latest batch of winners of its PEN Translates awards -- twelve titles written in ten different languages (including one in Maltese !).
  109. <br>
  110. <br>
  111. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;(I even already have a copy of Andrzej Tichy&#769;'s <i>Purity</i>, due out in June -- and I hope to see some more of these as well.)
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  116. <title>Jeanette-Schocken-Preis</title>
  117. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402c.htm#ct5</link>
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  119. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;They've announced the <a href="https://jeanette-schocken-preis.de/tanja-maljartschuk-seite/" target="_blank">winner</a> of this year's Jeanette-Schocken-Prize, the Bremerhavener B&#252;rgerpreis f&#252;r Literatur, and it is <a href="https://www.complete-review.com/reviews/ukraine/maljartschukt2.htm" target="_blank">Forgottenness</a>-author Tanja Maljartschuk.
  120. <br>
  121. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;This is a mostly biennial prize -- though it's been three years since they handed out the last one, which went to Eliot Weinberger.
  122. It's a solid <a href="https://jeanette-schocken-preis.de/die-preistraeger/" target="_blank">list of winners</a> they've had, including Gerhard Roth (2015) and <a href="https://www.complete-review.com/authors/kertesz.htm" target="_blank">Kert&#233;sz Imre</a> (1997).
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  127. <title>Nordic Council Literature Prize finalists</title>
  128. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402c.htm#ct1</link>
  129. <description><![CDATA[
  130. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;They've <a href="https://www.norden.org/en/news/here-are-nominees-2024-nordic-council-literature-prize" target="_blank">announced</a> the thirteen finalists for this year's Nordic Council Literature Prize, the leading book-prize for Scandinavian authors.
  131. <br>
  132. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Each of the five Scandinavian countries has two titles in the running, and there are one each from &#197;land, the Faroe Islands, and the Sami language area; click on the titles on the announcement page for additional (English) information about the works.
  133. <br>
  134. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Among the finalists are well-known authors including Helle Helle, Laura Lindstedt (previously a finalist, with <a href="https://www.complete-review.com/reviews/suomi/lindstedtl.htm" target="_blank">Oneiron</a>), and Niels Fredrik Dahl (also author of <a href="https://www.complete-review.com/reviews/norge/dahlnf.htm" target="_blank">P&#229; vei til en venn</a> -- and the husband of Linn Ullmann).
  135. <br>
  136. <br>
  137. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Quite a few previous winners of this prize are <a href="https://www.complete-review.com/maindex/prizes.htm#nordic" target="_blank">under review</a> at the <font color="#a52a2a"><i>complete review</i></font>.
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  142. <title>Walter Scott Prize longlist</title>
  143. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402c.htm#ct2</link>
  144. <description><![CDATA[
  145. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;They've <a href="https://www.walterscottprize.co.uk/2024-longlist-announced-as-prize-comes-home-to-abbotsford/" target="_blank">announced</a> the longlist for this year's Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.
  146. <br>
  147. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;One of the titles is under review at the <font color="#a52a2a"><i>complete review</i></font>: Tan Twan Eng's <a href="https://www.complete-review.com/reviews/malaysia/tante3.htm" target="_blank">The House of Doors</a>.
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  152. <title>Prix du Dernier Roman</title>
  153. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402c.htm#ct3</link>
  154. <description><![CDATA[
  155. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;They've apparently already had a 'Prix du Dernier Roman' -- a last-novel prize that was awarded posthumously, or as an encouragement to authors to end their careers -- but apparently it didn't really take, so they're trying again, with the same (now somewhat misleading) name.
  156. <br>
  157. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;This Prix du Dernier Roman redux is, regrettably, <i>not</i> for a true last work but meant as an homage to a living author (who is presumably meant to keep going, too ...).
  158. A shame -- a true last-novel prize, buying off an author to stop churning out novels -- has definite appeal.
  159. <br>
  160. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The winner of this year's inaugural prize has now been announced, and in Antoine Volodine (<a href="https://www.complete-review.com/reviews/modfr/voloda3.htm" target="_blank">Radiant Terminus</a>, etc.) they certainly honor a worthy author -- who, one hopes, will indeed continue ... churning out works (under all his different pseudonyms).
  161. See, for example, the ActuaLitt&#233; <a href="https://actualitte.com/article/115842/prix-litteraires/creation-du-prix-du-dernier-roman-antoine-volodine-premier-laureat" target="_blank">report</a>.
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  166. <title>V&#225;mos Mikl&#243;s profile</title>
  167. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402c.htm#cs8</link>
  168. <description><![CDATA[
  169. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;At hlo &#193;gi Bori profiles the Hungarian author, in <a href="https://hlo.hu/portrait/miklos-vamos-beloved-raconteur-affable-author.html" target="_blank">Mikl&#243;s V&#225;mos: Beloved Raconteur, Affable Author</a>.
  170. <br>
  171. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Other Press <a href="https://otherpress.com/product/the-book-of-fathers-9781590513392/" target="_blank">brought out</a> his <i>The Book of Fathers</i> a couple of years ago.
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  176. <title>The Illuminated review</title>
  177. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402c.htm#cs9</link>
  178. <description><![CDATA[
  179. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The most recent addition to the <font color="#a52a2a"><i>complete review</i></font> is my review of G&#233;rard de Nerval's 1852 collection, <a href="https://www.complete-review.com/reviews/ancienf/nerval.htm" target="_blank">The Illuminated</a>: <i>The Precursors of Socialism: Tales and Portraits</i>, finally out in English, from Wakefield Press.
  180. <br>
  181. <br>
  182. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Certainly makes one want to see more Restif de la Bretonne -- and I like the author's <a href="https://twitter.com/MAOrthofer/status/1760350483812581659" target="_blank">note/warning</a> from the previously unknown to me Quintus Aucler's <i>La Thr&#233;icie</i>.
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  187. <title>Jan Assmann (1938-2024)</title>
  188. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402c.htm#cs6</link>
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  190. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Egyptologist Jan Assmann has passed away; see, for example, the <a href="https://www.zeit.de/kultur/2024-02/jan-assmann-tot-kulturwissenschaftler" target="_blank">report</a> from <i>Die Zeit</i>.
  191. <br>
  192. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Quite a few of his works have been translated into English -- e.g. <i>From Akhenaten to Moses</i> (<a href="https://aucpress.com/9789774167492/from-akhenaten-to-moses/" target="_blank">American University in Cairo Press</a>) and <i>Cultural Memory and Early Civilization</i> (<a href="https://www.cambridge.org/us/universitypress/subjects/history/regional-and-world-history-general-interest/cultural-memory-and-early-civilization-writing-remembrance-and-political-imagination?format=PB" target="_blank">Cambridge University Press</a>).
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  197. <title>J. Robert Lennon profile</title>
  198. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402c.htm#cs7</link>
  199. <description><![CDATA[
  200. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;At the <i>Cornell Chronicle</i> David Nutt reports how J. Robert <a href="https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2024/02/lennon-chases-down-literary-thrills-new-series" target="_blank">Lennon chases down literary thrills in new series</a>, as he has a new book out, <i>Hard Girls</i>.
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  205. <title>Must-read list ?</title>
  206. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402b.htm#cs4</link>
  207. <description><![CDATA[
  208. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;At ntv they offer a list of <a href="https://www.n-tv.de/shopping-und-service/30-Klassiker-die-jeder-lesen-sollte-article23324043.html" target="_blank">30 B&#252;cher, die jeder gelesen haben muss</a>, a list of 30 'classics of world literature'.
  209. <br>
  210. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Apparently they mined a lot of similar best-of lists -- many English-language ones, I suspect, given how ridiculously English-language heavy the list is.
  211. <br>
  212. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Obviously, quite a few all-timers here -- but otherwise ... a very odd selection.
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  217. <title>Paul Olchv&#225;ry (1965-2024)</title>
  218. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402b.htm#cs5</link>
  219. <description><![CDATA[
  220. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Translator from the Hungarian (e.g. <a href="https://www.complete-review.com/reviews/magyar/sayfoo.htm" target="_blank">Allah's Spacious Earth</a>), editor in chief of <a href="https://ahea.pitt.edu/ojs/ahea/about/editorialTeam" target="_blank">Hungarian Cultural Studies</a>, and publisher of <a href="https://www.neweuropebooks.com/" target="_blank">New Europe Books</a> Paul Olchv&#225;ry has passed away; see, for example, the hlo <a href="https://hlo.hu/news/translator-paul-olchvary-has-passed-away.html" target="_blank">report</a>.
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  225. <title>Jerry Pinto Q &amp; A</title>
  226. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402b.htm#cs1</link>
  227. <description><![CDATA[
  228. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;At <i>My Kolkata</i> Priyam Marik has a Q &amp; A with the <a href="https://www.complete-review.com/reviews/india/pintoj1.htm" target="_blank">Em and the Big Hoom</a> and <a href="https://www.complete-review.com/reviews/india/pintoj2.htm" target="_blank">Helen</a>-author, in <a href="https://www.telegraphindia.com/my-kolkata/people/im-chasing-the-nobel-prize-in-literature-and-immortality-jerry-pinto/cid/2001182" target="_blank">I'm chasing the Nobel Prize in Literature... and immortality: Jerry Pinto</a>.
  229. <br>
  230. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Good to hear:
  231.  
  232. <blockquote>
  233. <font size="-1">
  234. Reading, though, has never been a problem. I have very bad eyesight, but even in dim light, I&#8217;ll still be reading.
  235. I came to Kolkata for two days with four books, and I&#8217;m leaving with 17.
  236. I can&#8217;t remember a time when I didn&#8217;t want to read.
  237. Most of the time, I&#8217;d rather be reading than writing.
  238. </font>
  239. </blockquote>
  240.  
  241. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Not sure about his motivation, but, hey, whatever works...:
  242.  
  243. <blockquote>
  244. <font size="-1">
  245. I&#8217;m chasing the Nobel Prize in Literature. I&#8217;m chasing immortality.
  246. It&#8217;s the stupidest thing to do, but I want to be read 300 years from now.
  247. I want to write magnificently.
  248. I want people to look at me and say, how does he do that ?
  249. I want my books to open and stardust to burst out.
  250. </font>
  251. </blockquote>
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  256. <title>Guyana Prize for Literature shortlists</title>
  257. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402b.htm#cs2</link>
  258. <description><![CDATA[
  259. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The Guyana Prize for Literature has announced its shortlists; see, for example, the (picture-heavy, sigh) <a href="https://www.stabroeknews.com/2024/02/18/news/guyana/guyana-prize-for-literature-2023-announces-shortlist/" target="_blank">report</a> at <i>Stabroek News</i>.
  260. <br>
  261. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The winners will be announced 1 March.
  262. ]]></description>
  263. <guid>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402b.htm#cs2</guid>
  264. </item>
  265. <item>
  266. <title>The Celestial City review</title>
  267. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402b.htm#cs3</link>
  268. <description><![CDATA[
  269. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The most recent addition to the <font color="#a52a2a"><i>complete review</i></font> is my review of Diego Marani's Trieste-novel, <a href="https://www.complete-review.com/reviews/italia/maranid5.htm" target="_blank">The Celestial City</a>, just out in English from Dedalus.
  270. ]]></description>
  271. <guid>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402b.htm#cs3</guid>
  272. </item>
  273. <item>
  274. <title>Georgi Gospodinov Q &amp; A</title>
  275. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402b.htm#cr8</link>
  276. <description><![CDATA[
  277. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;In <i>The Observer</i> Anthony Cummins has a Q &amp; A with <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/2024/feb/17/georgi-gospodinov-the-physics-of-sorrow-the-story-smuggler-interview-i-cultivate-things-that-are-perishable-and-mortal?CMP=twt_books_b-gdnbooks" target="_blank">Georgi Gospodinov: &#8216;There was a culture of silence &#8211; it was safer not to say what you think&#8217;</a>.
  278. <br>
  279. <br>
  280. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;A UK edition of Gospodinov's <a href="https://www.complete-review.com/reviews/bulgaria/gospodg3.htm" target="_blank">The Physics of Sorrow</a> is now out, and a new US edition is coming out -- though not from Open Letter, who originally published it.
  281. ]]></description>
  282. <guid>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402b.htm#cr8</guid>
  283. </item>
  284. <item>
  285. <title>The last 100 reviews</title>
  286. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402b.htm#cr9</link>
  287. <description><![CDATA[
  288. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Another hundred reviews down at the <font color="#a52a2a"><i>complete review</i></font>, so it's time for the next overview of the most recent batch of 100 reviews -- 5101 through 5200.
  289. <br>
  290. <br>
  291. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;- The last 100 reviews were posted over 240 days -- slightly quicker than the last 100, which took 252 days.
  292. <br>
  293. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The average reviewed book was 264.1 pages long, down considerably from the previous 100, where the average was a ridiculous 325 pages.
  294. <br>
  295. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;None of the reviewed books were over 1000 pages long; in fact, only two were longer than 750 pages -- though 11 were in the 400-4999 page range.
  296. Only three books had less than a hundred pages, however; down from five in the previous hundred.
  297. <br>
  298. <br>
  299. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;- The last 100 reviews were 111,208 words long, down some from the previous 119,638.
  300. The longest review was 3016 words long, while five more were over 2000 words long; three reviews came in at under 500 words.
  301. <br>
  302. <br>
  303. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;- Reviewed books were originally written in 22 different languages (including English), with English again by far the most popular language, with 29 titles, followed by Japanese (13), French (11), and German (10).
  304. No new languages were added; the total number of languages represented remains 85.
  305. (See also the updated full <a href="https://www.complete-review.com/quarterly/vol5/issue3/langlist.htm" target="_blank">breakdown</a> of all the languages books under review were originally written in.)
  306. <br>
  307. <br>
  308. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;- Male-written books continued to be in the (super-)majority, with barely one in five -- 21 -- written by women.
  309. The historic <a href="https://www.complete-review.com/quarterly/vol3/issue4/sexlist.htm" target="_blank">sexist average</a> of written-by-women titles under review has now crept up another .07 per cent, to ... 17.29.
  310. <br>
  311. <br>
  312. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;- No books were rated 'A+' or 'A'; ten titles were rated 'A-'.
  313. The lowest-rated titles were four rated 'B-'.
  314. <br>
  315. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;With eleven reviewed books written before 1900, and twelve written 1900 to 1945, coverage of older titles was unusually heavy.
  316. Two titles first published in 2024 were already reviewed, as well as nine from 2023.
  317. <br>
  318. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Eighty-one of the reviewed titles were works of prose fiction (novels, stories, a novella), while, disappointingly, no dramas were reviewed.
  319. ]]></description>
  320. <guid>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402b.htm#cr9</guid>
  321. </item>
  322. <item>
  323. <title>Aka Morchiladze</title>
  324. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402b.htm#cr6</link>
  325. <description><![CDATA[
  326. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;BNN reports that <a href="https://www.complete-review.com/reviews/georgia/morchiladze.htm" target="_blank">Journey to Karabakh</a> and <a href="https://www.complete-review.com/reviews/georgia/morchiladze2.htm" target="_blank">Obol&#233;</a>-author <a href="https://bnnbreaking.com/world/georgia/aka-morchiladze-georgias-literary-gem-nominated-for-nobel-prize-in-literature" target="_blank">Aka Morchiladze: Georgia's Literary Gem Nominated for Nobel Prize in Literature</a>; see also the Agende,ge report that <a href="https://agenda.ge/en/news/2024/558" target="_blank">Georgian author Aka Morchiladze nominated for Nobel Prize in Literature</a>
  327. <br>
  328. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Apparently that's what the <a href="https://www.litinstituti.ge/indexeng.htm" target="_blank">Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature</a> has announced .....
  329. <br>
  330. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;This pretty much blows any chance Morchiladze might have had to be long- or shortlisted for the prize: the Swedish Academy is pretty <a href="https://www.svenskaakademien.se/en/the-nobel-prize-in-literature/rules-for-nominations" target="_blank">clear</a> about this: &quot;Making the nomination public is not allowed&quot;.
  331. This is the kind of thing they take pretty seriously .....
  332. ]]></description>
  333. <guid>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402b.htm#cr6</guid>
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  335. <item>
  336. <title>The Hopkins Manuscript review</title>
  337. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402b.htm#cr7</link>
  338. <description><![CDATA[
  339. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The most recent addition to the <font color="#a52a2a"><i>complete review</i></font> is my review of R.C. Sherriff's 1939 novel, <a href="https://www.complete-review.com/reviews/gb190045/sherriff.htm" target="_blank">The Hopkins Manuscript</a>, recently re-issued in both the UK (as a Penguin Modern Classic) and the US.
  340. ]]></description>
  341. <guid>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402b.htm#cr7</guid>
  342. </item>
  343. <item>
  344. <title>Swiss national literary prizes</title>
  345. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402b.htm#cr3</link>
  346. <description><![CDATA[
  347. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;They've <a href="https://www.schweizerkulturpreise.ch/awards/fr/home/literatur/literatur-archiv/literatur-2024.html" target="_blank">announced</a> the Swiss national literary prizes, with seven prix suisses de litt&#233;rature, as well as the Grand Prix suisse de litt&#233;rature -- going to Klaus Merz -- and Dorothea Trottenberg winning the translation prize.
  348. (How -- and why -- did they get the poor authors to pose like that ?)
  349. See also swissinfo.ch report on all the prizes, <a href="https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/grand-prix-literature-2024-goes-to-author-from-canton-aargau/72596785" target="_blank">Grand Prix Literature 2024 goes to author from canton Aargau</a>.
  350. <br>
  351. <br>
  352. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Several of Merz's works have been translated into English, including <i>Stigmata of Bliss</i> (<a href="https://www.seagullbooks.org/stigmata-of-bliss-pb/" target="_blank">Seagull Books</a>) and <i>An Audible Blue</i> (<a href="https://www.whitepine.org/audible-blue" target="_blank">White Pine Press</a>).
  353. ]]></description>
  354. <guid>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402b.htm#cr3</guid>
  355. </item>
  356. <item>
  357. <title>Prix &#171; Naissance d&#8217;une &#339;uvre &#187; finalists</title>
  358. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402b.htm#cr4</link>
  359. <description><![CDATA[
  360. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;They've <a href="https://xn--naissance-uvre-zuc.com/selection-2024/" target="_blank">announced</a> <font size="-1">(warning ? dreaded pdf format ? what the hell ?)</font> the four finalists for this year's prix &#171;Naissance d&#8217;une &#339;uvre&#187;, a well-paying (&#8364;20 000 !) French literary award for a fourth, fifth, or sixth novel -- a mid-career prize like the <a href="https://www.sfc.edu/events/series/sfc-literary-prize" target="_blank">St. Francis College Literary Prize</a>.
  361. <br>
  362. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;What is particularly notable about this prize is that it is <a href="https://xn--naissance-uvre-zuc.com/prix/" target="_blank">for</a>: &quot;une &#339;uvre romanesque, &#224; l&#8217;exception d&#8217;ouvrages d&#8217;auto-fiction&quot; -- i.e. writers of auto-fiction need not apply (or at least won't be considered).
  363. Is there any hope of any US/UK prizes adopting a similar restriction ?
  364. <br>
  365. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The winner will be announced 29 May.
  366. ]]></description>
  367. <guid>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402b.htm#cr4</guid>
  368. </item>
  369. <item>
  370. <title>Women's Prize for Non-Fiction longlist</title>
  371. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402b.htm#cr5</link>
  372. <description><![CDATA[
  373. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;They've <a href="https://womensprize.com/announcing-the-2024-womens-prize-for-non-fiction-longlist/" target="_blank">announced</a> the inaugural longlist for the Women's Prize for Non-Fiction -- sixteen titles.
  374. <br>
  375. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;I haven't seen any of these.
  376. <br>
  377. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The shortlist will be announced 27 March, and the winner 13 June.
  378. ]]></description>
  379. <guid>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402b.htm#cr5</guid>
  380. </item>
  381. <item>
  382. <title>IPAF shortlist</title>
  383. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402b.htm#cq9</link>
  384. <description><![CDATA[
  385. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;They've <a href="https://arabicfiction.org/en/node/2343" target="_blank">announced</a> the shortlist for this year's International Prize for Arabic Fiction, the leading Arabic-language novel prize.
  386. <br>
  387. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Six titles are left in the running; the winner will be announced 28 April.
  388. ]]></description>
  389. <guid>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402b.htm#cq9</guid>
  390. </item>
  391. <item>
  392. <title>Prix M&#233;morable</title>
  393. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402b.htm#cr1</link>
  394. <description><![CDATA[
  395. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The libraires Initiales have announced the winner of their prix M&#233;morable, a prize for re-issue of a book by an overlooked author, a translation of the work by a previously untranslated (into French) author, or a new translation of translation, and it is the French translation of Togawa Masako's <a href="https://www.complete-review.com/reviews/trcrime/togawam.htm" target="_blank">The Master Key</a>; see, for example, the Livres Hebdo <a href="https://www.livreshebdo.fr/article/masako-togawa-laureate-du-prix-memorable-2024" target="_blank">report</a>.
  396. <br>
  397. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;See also the <a href="https://www.initiales.org/actualites/8-first-blog/post/787-prix-memorable-2023-les-finalistes-sont/" target="_blank">shortlisted</a> titles.
  398. ]]></description>
  399. <guid>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402b.htm#cr1</guid>
  400. </item>
  401. <item>
  402. <title>David Grossman Q &amp; A</title>
  403. <link>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402b.htm#cr2</link>
  404. <description><![CDATA[
  405. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;At Qantara.de Julia Encke has a Q &amp; A with author David Grossman, in <a href="https://qantara.de/en/article/israeli-author-and-peace-activist-david-grossman-i-believe-what-hamas-says" target="_blank">&quot;I believe what Hamas says&quot;</a>.
  406. <br>
  407. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Among his responses:
  408.  
  409. <blockquote>
  410. <font size="-1">
  411. <i>Are you managing to write at the moment, or is it impossible?</i>
  412. <br>
  413. <br>
  414. <b>Grossman:</b> It's impossible but unavoidable.
  415. Only when I write, do I breathe with both lungs.
  416. When I don't write, I'm completely at the mercy of the atrocities.
  417. </font>
  418. </blockquote>
  419. ]]></description>
  420. <guid>https://www.complete-review.com/saloon/archive/202402b.htm#cr2</guid>
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