I don’t post this sort of this too often, but since Hilary Plum is involved, this is definitely something aspiring writers should check out. Here’s the deal:
This winter Rescue Press will consider book-length prose submissions for our new Open Prose Series, which will publish one work a year of nonfiction, fiction, or sui generis prose. open prose dancers
This series will support singular prose works and the wider discussion of contemporary literary prose. We invite you to submit a manuscript to our open reading period between January 1 and January 31, 2013. There is no fee for . . . continue reading, and add your comments
Looking over the various reviews, interviews, etc I published in 2012, it looks like out of the 14 publications that I would classify as reviews I gave unreserved praise to 4 of them. Another 4 I could see substantial value in, though I had a mixed opinion of the enterprise as whole. And the other 6 I’d say ranged from dismissive to outright harsh. I’m not sure exactly what proportion here is “best,” but this looks like a pretty good breakdown to me.
In addition, I published more essays than in previous years, something that I’m hoping to . . . continue reading, and add your comments
Francois Monti is the European Editor of The Quarterly Conversation.
2012 was the year life caught up with literature, but I’m still happy I managed to force some commitments to make way for a few great books. Here is a short selection, in chronological order of reading:
Yuri Herrera – Los Trabajos del Reino & Señales que precederan el fin del mundo: two fantastic short novels about two phenomenon that have a huge impact on both Mexico and the United States : the former deals with drug overlords, the latter with illegal immigration. Novel length prose narco-corrido and the . . . continue reading, and add your comments
Malcolm Forbes reviewed Greg Baxter’s The Apartment in Issue 30.
The first real stand-out read of the year was The Little Russian by Susan Sherman (Counterpoint), a debut novel which was so accomplished it felt like a mid-career high. Authors like Hilary Mantel and Emma Donoghue are doing wonders to re-galvanize interest in the historical novel, but Sherman’s contribution deserves merit for focusing on less well-trodden terrain, namely the Ukraine and its bloody suffering at the beginning of the last century. There are no real stylistic tricks on offer, simply good old-fashioned storytelling.
On the . . . continue reading, and add your comments
John Lingan wrote on concert films for the Fall 2012 issue of The Quarterly Conversation.
Little, Big by John Crowley and The Slave by Isaac Bashevis Singer: The former is an epic, almost gothic contemporary fantasy set mostly in a shape-shifting New England mansion that’s inhabited by fairies. The latter is a dark, two-character parable set in 17th-century rural Poland. But in their final pages, Little, Big and The Slave both ultimately expand into powerful metaphors for how myths arise and endure. Crowley’s prose is lush while Singer’s is hard and sparse, but both of these . . . continue reading, and add your comments
If you’ve been contemplating a pre-order of The End of Oulipo?, now’s the time. Email me the proof of purchase from whatever online merchant you buy it from, and I will send you a free copy of Lady Chatterley’s Brother, the ebook co-authored by myself and Barrett Hathcock about sex and literature. (Barrett writes about Nicholson Baker, I cover Javier Marias. You can read an excerpt here.)
Email me at scott_esposito AT yahoo.com. Deadline for this offer is Jan 1.
This is the Amazon page. Here’s B&N.com and The Book Depository. You should . . . continue reading, and add your comments
Taylor Davis-Van Atta contributed an essay on Stig Sæterbakken to the Winter 2013 issue of The Quarterly Conversation.
1. Barley Patch & A History of Books by Gerald Murnane I’ll package these two books as a single recommendation because Murnane wrote them more or less concurrently and they read as companion volumes or as a sort of hall of mirrors. Nobody I know of writes even remotely like Murnane, an author who is forever obsessed with the way in which his mind forms and re-forms (and re-forms over and over again) memories as patterns of images, . . . continue reading, and add your comments
So what’s your loot this year?
Daniel Medin is the Senior Editor of The Quarterly Conversation.
1. László Krasznahorkai: Satantango (New Directions) I love Krasznahorkai’s dark discerning humor, and was delighted to discover that this novel retains its power – and savage funniness – after rereading. It also contains scenes of uncommon beauty. Refracted glory to George Szirtes for his translation: sentence for sentence, Satantango has to be one of the most striking books published in English in 2012.
2. Mahmoud Dowlatabadi: The Colonel (Melville House) Unspeakably dark history of a revolution that devoured – and continues to devour – its children. . . . continue reading, and add your comments
So, since The End of Oulipo? is publishing in just 3 weeks, January 16, here’s a little incentive if you’ve been contemplating a pre-order. Email me the proof of purchase from whatever online merchant you buy it from, and I will send you a free copy of Lady Chatterley’s Brother, the ebook co-authored by myself and Barrett Hathcock about sex and literature. (Barrett writes about Nicholson Baker, I cover Javier Marias. You can read an excerpt here.)
Just email me the proof at scott_esposito AT yahoo.com
This deal ends on January 1, so if you’re interested . . . continue reading, and add your comments