Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pulitzer prize for fiction goes to The Goldfinch | Books | theguardian.com

Pulitzer prize for fiction goes to The Goldfinch | Books | theguardian.com



Donna Tartt has won the Pulitzer award for fiction for her third novel The Goldfinch, which judges described as a book which "stimulates the mind and touches the heart".



Sunday, April 13, 2014

Kamila Shamsie: 'Where is the American writer writing about America in Pakistan? There is a deep lack of reckoning' | Culture | The Guardian

Kamila Shamsie: 'Where is the American writer writing about America in Pakistan? There is a deep lack of reckoning' | Culture | The Guardian

13 Untranslatable Words

13 Untranslatable Words







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Fair. A wonderful puzzle arises with the excellent entry on the word ‘fair’. Has the French philosopher writing here entirely understood the English word? Not quite, perhaps. ‘An action’, the entry says, ‘a method, or a kind of reasoning is fair if it rejects arbitrary preferences, undue favor, or partiality and if it does not aim to win out by dishonest means or by force.’ It probably is, but it could do all that and still be unfair, because fairness is about balance and not about procedures or even honesty. It’s true that the philosopher John Rawls thinks of justice as fairness; but this is a take on justice, not a simple equation of the terms.



Animal. English and the Romance languages have the same word here, although German has ‘Tier’, which feels closer to ‘beast’. Do we know the difference between an animal and a beast? Are animals, as many cultures assume, creatures ‘that lack reason but are mobile’? That keeps plants out, but they are living (‘animal’ is close to ‘animate’), and do we believe that dogs and cats lack reason entirely? The entry in the Dictionary explores a whole range of possibilities of life from beneath the beast to beyond the human. Such a simple word.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award- SHORTLIST announced.

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

  1. The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker(Dutch) translated by David Colmer. Published by Harvill Secker. 
  2. Questions of Travel by Michelle De Kretser (Sri Lankan / Australian) Published by Allen & Unwin.
  3. Absolution by Patrick Flanery (American) (First novel) Published by Atlantic Books.
  4. A Death in the Family by Karl Ove Knausgaard (NorwegianTranslated by Don Bartlett. Published by Harvill Secker.
  5. Three Strong Women by Marie NDiaye (French) Translated by John Fletcher. Published by MacLehose / Quercus and by Alfred A. Knopf.
  6. Traveller of the Century by Andrés Neuman (Argentinian) Translated from the original Spanish by Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia. Published by Pushkin Press and by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
  7. The Light of Amsterdam by David Park (Northern Irish) Published by Bloomsbury.
  8. The Spinning Heart  by Donal Ryan (Irish) (First novel) Published by Doubleday Ireland / Lilliput Press.
  9. The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng (Malaysian) Published by Myrmidon.
  10. The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombian) Translated from the original Spanish by Anne McLean. Published by Bloomsbury.


The 2014 International IMPAC Dublin shortlist

2014 nsw premier's literary awards shortlist | State Library of New South Wales

2014 nsw premier's literary awards shortlist | State Library of New South Wales



Click on category title for more information and judges' reports

CHRISTINA STEAD PRIZE FOR FICTION

  • The Secret Lives of Men, Georgia Blain (Scribe Publications)
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan (Random House Australia)
  • The Railwayman’s Wife, Ashley Hay (Allen & Unwin)
  • Questions of Travel, Michelle de Kretser (Allen & Unwin)
  • Game, Trevor Shearston (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Swan Book, Alexis Wright (Giramondo Publishing)