Sinan Antoon First to Win Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Self-translation

Via  Arabic Literature (in English). BY MLYNXQUALEY on JANUARY 20, 2015 • ( 2 ) Iraqi novelist, poet, and translator Sinan Antoon has won the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for bringing his own novel, The Corpse Washer, into English: The 2014 prize was awarded to Antoon for his translation of hisThe Corpse Washer, originally titled The Pomegranate Alone and published by Yale University Press in 2013. Meanwhile, Paula Haydar got a “highly … Read more Sinan Antoon First to Win Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Self-translation

Anny Gaul on Sinan Antoon on Translation, Poetics & Politics

via the always excellent Arab Literature (in English): Translation as Mourning, Translation as a ‘Form of Cultural Interrogation’ by mlynxqualey In a lecture at the American University in Cairo last March, Iraqi poet and translator Sinan Antoon wove together poetics and politics, linking an understanding of translation as “extended mourning” with observations from his experience as a translator of Arabic poetry into English. Anny Gaul reflects on the lecture … Read more Anny Gaul on Sinan Antoon on Translation, Poetics & Politics

2014 Büchner Prize to Jürgen Becker

This year’s Büchner Preis — the major poetry prize in Germany (both in prestige & money: 50.000 Euros) — went to poet,  experimental prosist, & radio-play author Jürgen Becker. Not much is available in English, though The Brooklyn Rail has some translations here. I’m reprinting their bio-note & two poems translated by Okla Elliott below. Jürgen Becker was born in Köln, Germany, in 1932. He is the author of over thirty … Read more 2014 Büchner Prize to Jürgen Becker

Should You Travel Through Luxembourg This Summer or Fall…

Madame Maggy Nagel, Ministre de la Culture et Monsieur Claude D. Conter, Directeur du Centre national de littérature ont le plaisir de vous inviter au vernissage de l’exposition PRENDRE le LARGE qui aura lieu le mercredi 14 mai 2014 à 19h30 au Centre national de littérature à Mersch. L’exposition est ouverte au public du jeudi 15 mai au samedi 25 octobre 2014 du lundi au vendredi de 10 à 17 … Read more Should You Travel Through Luxembourg This Summer or Fall…

Happy Hundredth Hrabal!

Today is the 100th B-day of the great Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal (1914-1997) &, by a quirk Hrabal would have approved of, yesterday the post man brought Hrabal’s Harlequin’s Millions, translated by Stacey Knecht & published by that ever excellent press, Archipelago Books. One of the most subversive figures of Czech — actually of East European, & even plainly of European mi-century literature — Hrabal is the ultimate gabber, … Read more Happy Hundredth Hrabal!

Current Lebanese Literature Feature

The always interesting online Pakistani literary magazine The Missing Slate has just published it’s latest issue focusing on Literature from Lebanon, including work by Elias Khoury, Etel Adnan, Wadih Saadeh, Abbas Beydoun, Alexandra Chreiteh & others. You can check it our here. Below, the opening paras of the editors’…  …introduction to the Lebanese literary feature By Marcia Lynx Qualey amd Yasmina Jraissati Literary traditions from the area we now call Lebanon … Read more Current Lebanese Literature Feature

Etel Adnan Named ‘Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres’

Very happy to hear that Etel Adnan, a gerat writer & good friend, was thus honored by the French. Marcy Qualey just posted the info on her Arab Literature (in English) blog, which I am copying here: Lebanese writer and painter Etel Adnan has been named a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government, a distinction she shares with artists as varied as Terry Gilliam, Shakira, Tim Burton, … Read more Etel Adnan Named ‘Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres’

Some Favorite Reads of 2013

I’m a bit late on this, & certainly haven’t read all of the books that came into my house last year, as it sometime takes me a long time to go through the six-foot long side-shelf on the desk where the unreads winter & summer until they find their place on the wall shelves. Hors Concours: Nicole Peyrafitte. Bi-Valve — Vulvic Space | Vulvic Knowledge. Stockport Flats Press. 1) Jerome Rothenberg, … Read more Some Favorite Reads of 2013

The Portable Boog Reader 7 Now Online!

The Portable Boog Reader 7: HERE N.Y.C. and Pittsburgh N.Y.C. co-editors: Laura Henriksen, Amy King, David A. Kirschenbaum, Geoffrey Olsen, Nicole Peyrafitte, and Angela Veronica Wong Pittsburgh co-editors Margaret Bashaar and Lauren Russell WITH WORK FROM: N.Y.C. POETS Rosebud Ben-Oni • Leopoldine Core •Steve Dalachinsky Nicholas DeBoer • Ray DeJesús • Francesca DeMusz Claire Donato • Ian Dreiblatt • Anna Gurton-Wachter April Naoko Heck • Darrel Alejandro Holnes • … Read more The Portable Boog Reader 7 Now Online!

Happy 250th, JP!

This morning’s riddle, dear bloggiste: Who is the famous German writer from the days of Goethe and Schiller, known by his French first name, if known at all, and who was born today 250 years ago? Well, give your tongue to the cat, as the French would say? He is known as “Jean Paul” & his full name is Jean Paul Friedrich Richter  (21 March 1763 – 14 November 1825). … Read more Happy 250th, JP!