Three Cheers For Radio Four

This may seem like last week’s news, and it is, but it has just been brought home to us how important radio of coverage can be for translated literary fiction. In the days since Michael Morpurgo and Sarah Maitland reviewed Alberto Barrera Tyszka’s slim but resonant masterpiece, The Sickness, on Radio Four 435 copies have left the warehouse. To put that in perspective, 13 left the warehouse last month. Listen …

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The Sickness on the IFFP Shortlist: Interview with Alberto Barrera Tyszka

The shortlist for the 2011 Independent has just been announced, and The Sickness, by Alberto Barrera Tyszka, translated by Margaret Jull Costa, is one of the six novels selected. We have prepared an interview with Tyszka in which he discusses the novel, his work as a writer both of literature and how do i spy on my boyfriends phone for television, and his views on the how to spy a …

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