Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

In this first week of older women in fiction around the world I am exploring some fiction from Canada and the USA. My fourth choice of North American older women in fiction is recent and very engaging. All four show older women who others might label as difficult. None of them is a gentle old … Continue reading Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Sinking into a Classical Sunset — by Translator Jay Rubin

May GLLI Blog Series:  Japan in Translation, No. 19   June 28, 2018 is the official UK publication date for my Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories, which will contain thirty-one complete stories, one segment from an episodic story, one novella, and two excerpts from novels. Assembling the pieces, which range in publication date from … Continue reading Sinking into a Classical Sunset — by Translator Jay Rubin

A Month of Turkish Literature via Global Literature in Libraries Initiative

https://www.ted.com/talks/ann_morgan_my_year_reading_a_book_from_every_country_in_the_world By Karen Van Drie, Editor of Turkish Literature Month for Global Literature in Libraries Like a lot of people who love to read, I was captivated by Ann Morgan's reading innovation of reading a book from every country in the world. What a cool idea! Short of visiting every nation in the world, how … Continue reading A Month of Turkish Literature via Global Literature in Libraries Initiative

‘Gavur Mahallesi’ by Migirdic Margosyan

by Matthew Chovanec While working on edits for the translation of 'Gavur Mahallesi' by  Mıgırdiç Margosyan, I received feedback for each of the four different languages used in the book of short stories. Over lunch, an Armenian staff writer at a New York magazine told me that it would be better to translate ‘Agavni’ as … Continue reading ‘Gavur Mahallesi’ by Migirdic Margosyan

An Excerpt from Ciler Ilhan’s ‘Exile’

'Exile,' is a book of 45 short stories written by the contemporary Turkish writer, Çilar Ilhan, and translated by Ayşegül Toroser Ateş. Many of the stories are told on a single page, or just a few pages total. Because of this, the book may be a perfect commuting read or book club pick for the … Continue reading An Excerpt from Ciler Ilhan’s ‘Exile’

‘A Tale Within A Tale’ by Ahmet Ümit

The author Ahmet Ümit writes: ‘’The tales in this book, I heard from my mother. My mother heard them from a storyteller nearly sixty years ago. It seems my grandfather never thought twice about hiring a storyteller to warm the cockles of his little girl's heart. She listened to many stories, though she couldn't always … Continue reading ‘A Tale Within A Tale’ by Ahmet Ümit

Review: You’ve Got Grave Issues by Nilufar Sharipova

​Nilufar Sharipova's short story collection You've Got Grave Issues depicts hilarious snapshots of the 'Municipal Cemetery Department' and its employees, hence the title's double entendre. You've Got Grave Issues speaks to the sense of control humans believe we wield over our lives. An array of masterfully rendered characters demonstrate the anxieties, concerns, and thrills we … Continue reading Review: You’ve Got Grave Issues by Nilufar Sharipova

Self-Published Title Pick: Contemporary Brazilian Short Stories

The Contemporary Brazilian Short Stories (CBSS) initiative was conceived in January 2011, when Brazilian authors of different ages, regions and backgrounds were first contacted about the opportunity to have their work translated into English. In June 2011, we started posting the content to BrazilianShortStories.com, which is updated twice a month, with a new story every … Continue reading Self-Published Title Pick: Contemporary Brazilian Short Stories

Excerpt: You’ve Got Grave Issues by Nilufar Sharipova

The Literary Man Rostislav Illarionovich Buning, the magnificent pedagogue and English literature expert, has died. This literary man was the kind of bon vivant you can’t find anymore. He was always dressed to the nines: a silk scarf around his neck, a flower in his buttonhole… and his manners! They just don’t make gentlemen like … Continue reading Excerpt: You’ve Got Grave Issues by Nilufar Sharipova

Self-Published Title Pick: You’ve Got Grave Issues by Nilufar Sharipova

You’ve Got Grave Issues is a collection of short, humorous stories unified by a single theme: everyday life in the cemetery. The events described take place in the Soviet and early post-Soviet period. The stories are observations of people whose lives are inextricably linked to the cemetery. They work, live, and pray there. Every single … Continue reading Self-Published Title Pick: You’ve Got Grave Issues by Nilufar Sharipova