Editors Harold Abramowitz & Andrea Quaid featured an essay by molossus editor David Shook on Jacket2, as part of their series A Primer.
Phoneme Media author Mario Bellatin traces his hook and translator David Shook dips his moustache in ink to sign to inscribe each copy of a special edition of The Transparent Bird’s Gaze.
Uzbeki writer Hamid Ismailov discusses translation, 1980s Moscow, the cross-pollination of Uzbek and Russian literature, censorship and repression, and the importance of technology.
Deji Olukotun’s debut novel Nigerians in Space is forthcoming from Ricochet Books on 1 November 2013. Corresponding by email, we discussed his first-hand research into the illegal abalone trade, his recent trip to Haiti, and his work as Freedom to Write Fellow at PEN American Center.
For me, as a poet, as someone wanting to rid my language of violence, I thought I must return to contemplate what can be found in this strange, ghostly English I use, to find what represents Arabic vestige and what that poetics might be.
It’s a coming-out year for Burundian literature in the English-speaking world, highlighted by the launch of the inaugural Andika Prize for English-language short stories.
Sudeep Sen presents World Prose Portfolio #8, an excerpt from The War of the Rosens by Janice Eidus.
Mario Bellatin introduces his biography Shiki Nagaoka: A Nose for Fiction in this trailer for the accompanying short film.
CP Heiser talks to Alejandro Zambra about the Great Conspiracies of the family, who tells Chile’s story, and the rhythm of his novels.
At Chora, I purchased the inaugural issue of The Istanbul Review, edited by Hande Zapsu Watt, now available at many government-owned tourism sites in greater Istanbul. The 200+ page glossy includes brief interviews with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Gerhard Schröder, Elif Shafak, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Banana Yoshimoto, and an annoying Paolo Coelho. Highlights of the issue include […]
Elisa Rizo’s Caminos y Veredas: Narrativas de Guinea Ecuatorial (Textos de Difusión Cultural UNAM) provides a much-needed update to the selection of Equatorial Guinean fiction available outside the country. The book features one to three short stories each by Donato Ndongo, Justo Bolekia Boleka, José Fernando Siale Djangany, Juan Tomas Ávila Laurel, and Recaredo Silebo […]
This November sees the release in paperback of Robert Walser’s Selected Stories (FSG Classics, $15), with a peculiarly pleasing semi-plasticized cover-stock. It includes well over thirty of Walser’s often very short stories and essays, including pieces about aviators, pimps, and poets, the last of which recounts his knowledge of “a poet, the author of most captivating verses, […]