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December 12, 2016

Longlisting Other Languages 0

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PEN America has announced the longlist for its 2017 Translation Prize, including Deborah Smith for Han Kang’s The Vegetarian (see our review here), Carlos Rojas for Yan Lianke’s The Explosion Chronicles, and Victoria Cribb for Sjón‘s Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was. (We profiled Sjón’s work at length a few years back!) The winner will be announced in […]

December 12, 2016

A Year in Reading: Kiese Laymon 1

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It was the stuff I read online, in magazines, or poems I heard in person that made my heart quake this year.

December 11, 2016

A Year in Reading: Anne K. Yoder 1

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How does one reconcile the impossibility of making a difference in the world while attempting to live as if you still can?

December 11, 2016

A Year in Reading: Claire Cameron 0

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These are poems I wish for my younger self to read. The arc, told over four parts — the hurting, the loving, the breaking, the healing — is different to the world I knew, especially the healing part. It is not a story about fitting into someone else’s world, but about how to imagine your own.

December 11, 2016

A Year in Reading: Il’ja Rákoš 8

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We read and write for largely the same principal reason the ancients did: because, good Lord, we’re a damn mess. If 2016 hasn’t convinced you, I’m not sure what it will take.

December 11, 2016

A Year in Reading: Hannah Gersen 10

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The day after the election, in an attempt to find some equilibrium, I returned to In Search of Lost Time. The scene I read happened to be one in which Baron de Charlus misreads a social situation and as a result, loses the person he loves most dearly. His error is a familiar one: he doesn’t observe or even suspect the simmering resentment of someone else.

December 10, 2016

A Year in Reading: Kaulie Lewis 0

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The essays are almost meaty, thick with her usual intelligence and insight, quiet and calm on the surface but deep in both feeling and meaning. I couldn’t walk away from these and come back to find them unchanged.

December 10, 2016

A Year in Reading: Nick Ripatrazone 0

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Robinson is the type of writer who makes me want to slow down, sit down, and calm down.

December 10, 2016

A Year in Reading: Zoë Ruiz 0

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In 2017, I want to read books that help further the idea that both whiteness and white dominance are not inevitable, and I want to read books that help me understand how exactly we got to the place that we are in now.

December 10, 2016

A Year in Reading: Emily St. John Mandel 2

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The premise is harrowing, the prose is stark and beautiful, the plotting is impeccable, and there’s something utterly heartbreaking in El Akkad’s subtle rendition of the ways in which war shapes the human soul.