Behind the Pen: Niccolò Ammaniti

Few contemporary writers get me in as much of a spin these days as the Italian, Niccolò Ammaniti. And so it was a real honour for this super fan to catch up with the man at this year's Edinburgh Book Festival, to ask him a few questions about his … [Read more...]

Longlist announced for Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2013

The 2013 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize longlist has been announced, revealing a globe-spanning selection of sixteen translated titles which will be vying for this year's top prize of £10,000, which is uniquely shared equally between author and … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Oh Sweden! Oh Israel! by Stephan Mendel-Enk

Outside of literature I have a profound interest in religion. I may be an atheist myself but religion has long fascinated me. My main interest lies in the Islamic and Judaic religions and their associated histories and architecture, but I'm also … [Read more...]

Which events are making Rob wag his tail for EdBookFest 2012, already?

With news of this year's event programme still fresh, and my heart still pounding like a Spaniard's drum at a Euro '12 football match, I thought I'd take a moment to highlight a few of the events that I'm most excited about in this year's Edinburgh … [Read more...]

Aharon Appelfeld wins Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2012

The winner of this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize was announced last night as Aharon Appelfeld, with his Holocaust novel, Blooms of Darkness (Alma Books); translated from the Hebrew by Jeffrey M. Green. Appelfeld's novel, which is based … [Read more...]

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2012 shortlist

The shortlist for this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize was published this morning, revealing a final line up of six titles which span two centuries of history, and a geography that reaches from Iceland through western Europe, all the way to … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: Scenes from Village Life by Amos Oz

In a Nutshell: A wonderfully engaging novel from Amos Oz, which explores to some depth the theme of loss and longing, and the eternal search to find that which cannot be found. If you're not a fan of the short form or the ambiguous novel then it … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Scenes from Village Life by Amos Oz

*Please note, I've now posted my afterthoughts for Scenes from Village Life. And so I take a first tentative step into this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize as a 'shadow judge', by reading one of the shortest books on the longlist, … [Read more...]

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2012 longlist revealed

The longlist for this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize was announced early today, revealing another diverse selection of globe-spanning titles which have been translated into the English language. Topping this year's selection is Haruki … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Accabadora by Michela Murgia

Hand's up, who knows what an accabadora is? I'd be impressed if you did know. I didn't, but I soon found out when I picked up my lasted read which uses this word as its title. The meaning of accabadora is revealed in the cover blurb (see below). … [Read more...]