Jihadi: A Love Story by Yusuf Toropov. Published by Orenda Books. When Karen Sullivan first sent me the manuscript of Yusuf Toropov’s urgent, experimental, thoughtful novel, I was intrigued. A few pages in, I found myself bamboozled. A few more and I was fascinated. Then awed by the writing. Then unsure what I was being encouraged to think. But finally […]
Based on my reviews for the European Literature Network of Dalkey Archive’s Best European Fiction 2016 and Trafika Europe’s Essential New European Literature, I was asked to write a blog on similar topics for ELit, the observatory for European contemporary literature. My piece, focussing on literary merit and contemporary themes in European literature, can be found here.
I was recently commissioned by Rosie Goldsmith to write a feature review for her European Literature Network website of Dalkey Archive’s Best European Fiction 2016 and Trafika Europe’s Essential New European Literature. These two fascinating collections bring together new work from authors and translators across Europe. Having edited Best European Fiction 2015 for Dalkey, I was particularly interested to see […]
I recently wrote a feature-length review for 3AM magazine of two books by Mexican man of letters, Sergio Pitol. Winner of the Cervantes Prize, Sergio Pitol was not published in English until Deep Vellum press launched The Art of Flight and The Journey earlier this year. These prose collections form the first two parts of the writer’s Triology of Memory, […]
For nine days at the end of August this year I went to Edinburgh to report on the festivals for Culture Compass. I took in shows, talks and gigs at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. Attending more than twenty events across the city, I wrote six pieces about what I saw. Find […]
I recently reviewed Modern Family by Korean writer Cheon Myoeng-Kwan for _List: Books from Korea, an English language magazine devoted to translations of Korean literature. My review can be found here. You can buy this fascinating take on modern Korean life from White Pine Press: http://www.whitepine.org/catalog.php?id=273 or from the usual outlets.
In May I spent a weekend in Wales, attending the Hay literary festival, courtesy of Land Rover and Culture Compass. I wrote two pieces about my trip. One covering some of the literary events I attended, and one discussing the lifestyle experience Land Rover provided, including the roistering GQ/Soho House party! Image (c) Finn Beale
In March, Culture Compass, travel PR agency, Hills Balfour, and Portuguese airline, TAP sent me on a press trip to Porto. The Porto and Northern Portugal Tourism Board gave me a wonderful four-day tour of this ancient city, which is undergoing significant renewal, with an architecturally spectacular concert hall, modern art museum and cutting-edge food scene. A principal focus […]
In March I was commissioned to write a review of Scott McCloud’s graphic novel, The Sculptor for The Times Literary Supplement. McCloud is best known for his writing about comic art. The Sculptor sees him bring his vast knowledge and understanding of the form into the creative arena. The review is behind a paywall at the TLS’s website, here.
While at Dalkey Archive Press, I edited two books from their Library of Korean Literature – published in association with the Literature Translation Institute of Korea: The Republic of Uzupis by Hailji and Scenes from the Enlightenment by Kim Namcheon. List, LTI Korea’s English-language magazine, asked me to review two of the books from the Library of Korean Literature that I hadn’t edited. […]