Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Proust, War, and Lepidopterology
We got to talk to our favorite Francophile, Edmund White, about why Proust is "a more profound
psychologist than Freud". We also have an excerpt from the new novel by Amélie Nothomb, the
Belgian phenom behind Fear
and Trembling; Life
Form is about yet another cultural clash—this time with an
American soldier in Iraq. But perhaps we are proudest of bringing you the
first ever English translation from Toh EnJoe's 2012 Akutagawa
Prize-winning novel, Harlequin's
Butterflies. In the fascinating interview Toh also granted us, the Physics PhD
elaborates on his "un-local novels", and how we must cherish the
ability to enjoy strange things. more at asymptote journal.