Saturday, April 27, 2013

Western or Eastern readers

Friday, April 26, 2013

Kuwaiti Saud Alsanousi wins Arabic 'Booker' 2013

Kuwaiti writer and novelist, Saud Alsanousi has been announced as the winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) for his novel Saq Al-Bamboo (The Bamboo Stalk). The prize is worth $50,000. The announcement took place at the Rocco Forte Hotel in Abu Dhabi during the opening of Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Writing a good sentence | writers who have skin in the game

Writing a good sentence is having to hit the bull’s-eye each and every time. A sentence has to serve so many purposes. It has to provide forward momentum. It has to tell us what we need to know. It has to suggest character. It has to stand at a correct distance from the characters in order to let the reader know the authorial attitude. It has to have within it a kind of kinetic energy that reflects the book’s or a character’s tone. Its construction has to illuminate the larger preoccupations of the book. It has to be disciplined and cannot be beautiful for the sake of beauty. The rhythmic interplay between sentences determines length and sound, smoothness versus percussiveness, which words end one sentence and which begin the next.
--Marisa Silver.

I like fiction by writers engaged in trying to make sense of their lives and of the world in which they find themselves, writers who palpably have skin in the game, and this makes me particularly resistant to historical fiction.
--Jonathon Franzen

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Paula Fox interview |The Granta Best of Young British Novelists 2013:

Paula Fox interview
"So I always write about the place I am in, but I also invent. I don’t know what the invention is, for me it is a very inadequate word. Storyteller is better. I like it better. It probably dates back to the cave dwellers. One would get up and tell the rest a story. I follow that tradition.’"

The Granta Best of Young British Novelists 2013:
"From satirists to humorists to sweeping epic-spinners, these writers have a command of language and their form which is simply astonishing. They show that the novel has a bold, brilliant future in Britain. I could not be prouder of the list." 

Read the list here

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The 2013 Pulitzer Prixe for fiction goes to Adam Johnson

Awarded to "The Orphan Master's Son" by Adam Johnson (Random House), an exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart. 

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Unhappy literary trends or manifesto of a new literary magazine

Not only the language but the ETHOS of the corporate world has taken possession of art and literature. Writers and artists must “brand” themselves (even cows understand the pitfalls of this). Poems, paintings, novels, and sculptures are start-up projects in need of investment. Imagination is, as ever, an unaffordable production cost.

Read the manifesto of SPOLIA,  new monthly literary magazine edited by Jessa Crispin


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Latest Haruki Murakami novel on sale

                                   5,00000 COPIES SOLD IN HOURS
More than 100 people lined up atmidnight at a Tokyo bookstore, eager to get their hands on the latest HarukiMurakami novel that went on sale on Friday, the first in three years by theglobal bestselling author and Nobel prize favorite.

"From July of his sophomore year at college to January next year, Tsukuru Tazaki was living while mostly thinking about dying,"

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Perihan Magden interview

My novels are auto-biographical in a psychological, even spiritual way. Therefore they are always very disturbing to work on. Even when they are finished I am not done with them. I always find them unbearable to read, to confront: both because of my endless dissatisfaction as an artist and because I feel like not wanting to listen to my own voice - like hearing a recording of my voice talking to a psychiatrist.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The 21 Books from the New Millenium Every Man Should Read

GQ publishes an interesting list of 21 novels of the 21st century. Of course, it's US-centric and far from being comprehensive. Anyway, I take delight in the fact that  it has included 2666 by Roberto Bolano.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Robert Silvers interview

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Monday, April 1, 2013

George Saunders quote

Justice is the most important thing in the world, and the birthright of all people. Especially for me and the people in my immediate circle. For people just outside my circle, I believe in it somewhat less, I suppose. For those way out of my circle, I am not necessarily against it, but tend to not fight for it very hard. For those as far out of my circle as one can possibly get, I am very much against justice. But it’s funny – as they move closer to my circle, I am more for it.

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