The Kindly Ones shun Athens

Jonathan Littell was recently awarded the Athens Price for Literature — but he won’t go to Athens to pick it up & explains this in the letter below. An odd explanation, to my mind, as I don’t really think that the contemporary writer is — or should be — any less a politically visible citizen than in older times. Barcelona, June 23, 2009 Ladies and gentlemen, I have just … Read more The Kindly Ones shun Athens

Jonathan Littell reads Maurice Blanchot

Next month Jonathan Littell’s controversial novel The Kindly Ones will be published in Charlotte Mandell’s translation by Harper-Collins. Meanwhile, for a special issue celebrating the 100th anniversary of La Nouvelle revue Française (NRF), Littell wrote an essay on reading Maurice Blanchot on reading. The original French version can be found on the Blanchot website; Mandell’s translation of this piece has just been published on the This Space site. Here … Read more Jonathan Littell reads Maurice Blanchot