Juan Goytisolo Wins the Cervantes Prize

The Spanish writer Juan Goytisolo has won the Cervantes Prize, the one of the most important prizes in the Spanish language, if not the most. El Pais has the coverage. El confidential has an overview of his best works. From el Pais: “Cuando me dan un premio siempre sospecho de mí mismo. Cuando me nombran […]

Juan Marsé Profiled in El Pais

El Pais has a good profile and interview with the Spanish writer, Juan Marsé. I recently read a little of his work in Thousand Forests in One Acorn which I’ll be reviewing for the Quarterly Conversation. It is particularly pessimistic with what’s happening in Spain and reflects, in many ways, the troubles of the country. […]

Black Sheep #3 by Fred Noland – A Review

Black Sheep #3 by Fred Noland is another comic I picked up at Short Run comix festival. I actually bought the comic from him, which was pretty typical for the the festival. In addition to his few comics he does illustrations and covers for SF Weekly, amongst others. I picked his books because I liked […]

Ablatio Penis by Will Dinski – A Review

I picked up Ablatio Penis by Will Dinski at the Short Run Comix & Arts Festival this November. Ablatio Penis is a graphic novel published by 2D Cloud about the meteoric rise and fall of a political star. When I began reading and it was obvious what the politics of the characters were, I had […]

Javier Cercas Interviewed About His New Book El impostor

Javier Cercas has a new book out, El impostor, that tells the story of Enric Marco who falsely claimed he’d been a concentration camp survivor. Like his last book, An Anatomy of a Moment, he is using fiction to explore what is non fiction event. El Pais had an interview with him last week. PREGUNTA. […]

Guadalupe Nettel Wins the Herralde de Novela Prize

The Mexican author Guadalupe Nettel won the Herralde de Novela Prize for her book Después del invierno (After Winter).  I don’t know too much about her work. I’ve only read El matrimonio de los peces rojos which I was a little disappointed with. It too was a prize winner and Marcos Giralt Torrente was one […]

Words Without Borders for November 2014: Contemporary Czech Prose

The Words Without Borders for November 2014: Contemporary Czech Prose is out now. This month we’re presenting Czech writing. Czech literature is underrepresented in translation, and its profile in English has been mainly political and largely male. The ten writers showcased here—men and women, ranging in age from thirty to seventy-four—demonstrate the richness and diversity […]