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Monday, 1 June 2009

Quarterly conversation . . .

A new edition of The Quarterly Conversation is out:

From the Editors: On the Proliferation of Posthumous Publication
The dead, we fear, will never have the last word on their unpublished works. So we turn our editorial energies to a bigger question: should they?

From The Museum of Eterna’s Novel
First English publication! From Argentina, long-hailed as an avant-garde classic and precursor to Borges, The Museum of Eterna’s Novel will finally be available in English next January from Open Letter Books. We offer a preview of what’s to come.

Bonus! Read our profile of The Museum of Eterna’s author, Macedonio Fernandez.

Reaching One’s Promise: What Writers Need to Do to Last Ten Years
In 1938, the great English critic Cyril Connolly predicted which writing would continue to be read and why. See how his predictions turned out and what they say about today’s writers.

Cormac McCarthy’s Paradox of Choice: One Writer, Ten Novels, and a Career-Long Obsession
In a wide-ranging essay, we consider what has motivated Cormac McCarthy throughout his career and the philosophy of free will that is at the heart of his work.

The Amanda Michalopoulou Interview
In 2008, Amanda Michalopoulou published one of the year’s most-discussed English-language debuts. Here, the prolific, major Greek writer talks about crafting that book and what’s next for her.

Notes on Juan Villoro’s El Testigo
Bolaño said he is “opening up the path of the new Spanish novel of the millennium.” Alvaro Enrigue called his book the great Mexican novel. We investigate Juan Villoro’s untranslated novel El Testigo.

Plus! A never-before-published translation of El Testigo’s third chapter, translated here by Bolaño-translator Chris Andrews.

Janet Frame Reframed
When the great New Zealand writer Janet Frame died, she left behind a 40-year-old manuscript “too personal” to be published in her lifetime. We look at why she never wanted it published, and why it’s so similar to her celebrated three-volume autobiography.


The Summer issue is full of reviews of fiction and poetry from around the world.Some of what were covering:

The award-winning The Withdrawal Method by Pasha Malla.

New from translation-powerhouse Europa Editions, Tokyo Fiancée by Amélie Nothomb.

Amanda Michalopoulou’s genre-busting metafictional book, I’d Like

A classic from Soviet Russia

A lauded contemporary work from a major Mexican writer

A review of the novel that was recently thrust into President Obama’s hands while he was in Turkey

New poetry from the author of A Whaler’s Dictionary

A landmark work from a major French poet


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