"Everybody loves Borges. No one figure has exerted greater influence over the literary tradition of Argentina than the author of masterpieces like “The Aleph” or “Funes the Memorious.” If you haven’t read him, you should. But there’s so much more to Argentine fiction than Jorge Luis Borges."
Farzana Akhter on South Asian American Lit
"Although these stories mainly concentrate on the cultural negotiation and identity reformulation that go into attempting to join the American experiment, they also introduce readers to characters from an array of different geographic regions and cultures before they converge on a shared destination."
Mariko Nagai on Japanese Books in Translation
Another Nobel Prize came and went, and here in Japan, it has become an annual event of holding one’s breath: will he, or will he not, win this year? “He,” of course, is Haruki Murakami...I am, unfortunately, one of those unpatriotic people who think that Murakami has a slim chance of winning the Nobel. But then, if Bob Dylan can win, maybe he can, too?
Nicole Fares on Arab Women Writers
Arabic literature finds its home in experimentation. Arabic writers, perhaps less burdened by conformity to “canon,” demonstrate year after year their willingness to take risks with form and subject. Many English-language readers are largely unfamiliar with Arabic literature, partly due to the relative dearth of translation as compared to translation from, say, French.