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Words Without Borders Book Groups
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Reading Adam Phillips
Last fall I briefly met the American author Benjamin Kunkel in a hotel in Amsterdam. All foreign authors who come to Amsterdam stay, for some reason, in the Ambassade Hotel, and since I don't have an apartment in Amsterdam I stay in the Ambassade Hotel as well. Yes, I do have a mother in Amsterdam, a lovely mother, but both for her sanity and my own, it's better that I stay in a hotel.It's unavoidable in a place like the Ambassade that you run into authors, but my meeting with Mr. Kunkel...
The Smallest Publisher in the World
What are you willing to do for your favorite book? If you consider yourself a book lover, think again. What follows is the most incredible story I've ever heard about loving a novel. Last December, after a reading in Padua, I was approached by a young woman who gave me a book as a present. "I am the publisher," she told me. "And I'd like to tell you the story behind this book, but not now. This place is too crowded and noisy. Can I write you an email?" I thanked her for the gift...
The Illusion of Return
Last Monday, I had lunch in London with the Lebanese-Palestinian author Samir El-Youssef. We were supposed to go to a Lebanese restaurant called Beirut Express, but since it was too crowded there, he took me to another Lebanese restaurant nearby.Next to our table there was a small artificial lake with a few orange fish in it. It was probably made for guests who have run out of conversation. The main reason I wanted to meet with El-Youssef was my trip to Lebanon in April. As I reported...
The Moral Responsibility of the Author
There are so many book fairs out there that you could keep yourself busy for one year traveling from one book fair to the next. Last I weekend, I was in Turin, Italy for 48 hours at the Turin Book Fair. At every book fair there is this moment that I ask myself: What is the purpose of the book fair, again? Yes, for agents and publishers the purpose is to buy and sell rights. However, I believe that most rights are sold outside the various fairs nowadays. But for authors,...
The Brooklyn Rail in Translation
The Brooklyn Rail has boldly launched a new initiative to publish translations of both short fiction and plays online. In Translation promotes literary translations and encourages collaboration between translators, authors, editors and publishers. Their launch issue presents Excerpts from Sodom and Berlin by Yvan Goll and translated from the French by Donald Nicholson-Smith, as well as An Unfindable Book by Antonio Delfini and translated from the Italian by Michael F. Moore.