John Dos Passos Prize
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       They've announced that Carolina De Robertis has been named the 2022 winner of the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, awarded: "to a talented American writer who experiments with form, explores a range of voices and deserves more recognition ..read more
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Dylan Thomas Prize longlist
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       They've announced the longlist for this year's Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize, awarded: "for the best published literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under".        There are twelve titles on the longlist; I haven't seen any of them.        The shortlist will be announced 23 March, and the winner will be announced on 11 May ..read more
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Icelandic Literary Prizes
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       They awarded the Icelandic Literary Prizes on Tuesday, with the Icelandic president handing out the awards; see, for example, the Iceland Review report.        The fiction prize went to Lungu, by Pedro Gunnlaugur Garcia; see also the Bjartur publicity page ..read more
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Publishing lost classics
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       In Prospect editor at McNally Editions -- "a paperback line devoted to hidden gems" -- Lucy Scholes writes about how: "There’s a growing band of people digging through library stacks and second-hand bookshops in search of lost classics", in Meet the archive moles.        It's great to see these publishers and imprints get more attention, from Faber Editions to Boiler House Press' Recovered Books-series and Handheld Press. (And. of course, there are many others -- not least New York Review Classics ..read more
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Svetlana Alexievich Q & A
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       In the Asahi Shimbun Akira Nemoto has a Q & A with the Nobel laureate, in Svetlana Alexievich: Literature can prevent humans from becoming savage beasts ..read more
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Prix Sade longlist
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       They've announced the longlist of this year's prix Sade -- always an interesting selection; see, for example, the Livres Hebdo report ..read more
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Bookselling in ... Egypt
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       At the BBC Yolande Knell and Wael Hussein report that Egyptians offered loans to buy books as inflation soars.        Among the interesting/disturbing titbits: With book prices more than doubling, some Egyptian authors say they have cut back on characters and descriptions to be more economical in their writing.        And: Some Egyptian novelists have described ways they have stripped back their writing to produce shorter books -- simplifying storylines by introducing fewer minor cha ..read more
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The Revolt of the Animals review
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       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Nobel laureate Władysław Reymont's 1924 novel, The Revolt of the Animals, now also out in English, from Glagoslav        Reymont isn't among the more widely-read Nobel laureates, but with a new translation of his most famous work, The Peasants, out in a new translation, by Anna Zaranko, from Penguin Classics -- see their publicity page -- he's been getting some more attention recently, and it's good to see this one finally in English as well ..read more
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Longlist: IPAF
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       They've announced the longlist for this year's International Prize for Arabic Fiction, the leading Arabic-language novel prize.        Sixteen titles are in the running, selected from 124 submissions ..read more
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Longlist: Republic of Consciousness Prize - US/Canada
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       The British Republic of Consciousness Prize has been awarded since 2017; now there is a US/Canada version, and they have announced their inaugural longlist -- ten titles from small publishers of literary fiction.        Several of the longlisted works are translations; none are under review at the complete review yet ..read more
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