Sara Stridsberg elected to the Swedish Academy

      Hot on the heels of Andreï Makine and his election to the Académie Française in March this year, fellow MacLehose Press author (soon to be), Sara Stridsberg, has been elected to the thirteenth chair of the Swedish Academy.   The Swedish Academy is, of course, the institution that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature. There are eighteen chairs, and membership is for life. Upon admission to the …

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Andrey Kurkov comes to London and takes over the airwaves

  “I thought that Soviet history was a hidden treasure because we were not taught correct and honest history, so everything that we were taught was false – which means that somewhere a real history is hidden … At some point I understood that history is actually formed by people, by the mentality of these people.”   So observed Andrey Kurkov – along with a number of other things – during …

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NORWEGIAN WOOD is “the most absurd book on the list” and Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2016

      At the annual British Book Industry Awards on May 9th, the judges described Lars Mytting’s bestselling Scandinavian woodlore as “the most absurd book on the list” and “wonderfully eccentric”. Both of these things are undoubtedly true, but we could not be prouder or happier for Norwegian Wood’s triumph as it was named Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2016.   To quote the Bookseller winner’s brochure: “Whether you’re curled …

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Lies, illusions and crushing frustrations. Marie NDiaye and Jordan Stump on LADIVINE

    Marie NDiaye and Jordan Stump discuss their Man Booker International Prize – longlisted novel, Ladivine.   MARIE NDIAYE   What has it been like to be longlisted?   I feel honoured, since this is already an expression of esteem for my book, as well as for the translator’s work—I’m very happy for him.   Can you give us a taste of your longlisted novel Ladivine?   It’s the story …

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A wave, a heartbeat and a cat called Walter. Maylis de Kerangal and Jessica Moore discuss MEND THE LIVING

      Maylis de Kerangal and Jessica Moore discuss Mend the Living with the Man Booker International Prize.   MAYLIS DE KERANGAL     What has it been like to be longlisted?   I was thrilled to learn that Mend the Living was featured on the longlist of the Man Booker International Prize 2016. What particularly resonated with me is the fact that this prize recognises the translation by Jessica Moore. …

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LADIVINE and MEND THE LIVING on Man Booker International Longlist

    We are delighted to share the news that Ladivine by Marie NDiaye, translated by Jordan Stump and Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal, translated by Jessica Moore, have both been longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2016.     This is the first year that the prize will be awarded following its merging with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. In announcing the longlist, the Chair of …

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From a cemetery to immortality: Andreï Makine is elected to the Académie Française

    We are delighted to announce that Andreï Makine, author of Brief Loves that Live Forever and A Woman Loved, has been elected to the 5th seat of the Académie Française, becoming one of the venerable council’s forty immortels and succeeding Assia Djeber, who sadly died in 2015.   Born in Krasnoyarsk in the then Soviet Union in 1957, Andreï Makine was raised partly in an orphanage, and partly …

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“Another kind of hero altogether”. Ingrid Carlberg on Raoul Wallenberg

      Ingrid Carlberg’s “richly detailed and thoroughly researched” biography of Second World War hero Raoul Wallenberg is already regarded as a definitive portrait of the great man. Here, she discusses her book, her research process and a chilling discovery in the FSB Archives with H is for History:   How did you first find out about Raoul Wallenberg?   If, like me, you were born and raised in Sweden, …

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SLEEPING ON JUPITER wins the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

      Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize last year, lauded by reviewers across two different continents, and now Anuradha Roy’s dazzling Sleeping on Jupiter has been awarded the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2016. The announcement was made as part of the Fairway Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka, following judging by a five member jury panel comprising eminent figures drawn from the international literary fraternity, with a …

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