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The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction For Than A Decade, The Complete Review Has Been An Essential Site For Readers Interested In Learning About New Books In Translation And Developments In Global Literature Expanding Upon The Site S Content, This Wide Ranging Yet User Friendly Resource Is The Perfect Guide For English Language Readers Eager To Explore Fiction From Around The World Profiling Hundreds Of Titles And Authors From 1945 To Today, With An Emphasis On Fiction Published In The Past Two Decades, This Reference Provides A Fascinating Portal Into The Styles, Trends, And Genres Of The World S Literatures, From Scandinavian Crime Thrillers And Cutting Edge Works In China To Latin American Narco Fiction And Award Winning French Novels.What Sets This Guide Apart Is Its Critical Selection Of Titles That Define The Arc Of A Nation S Literary Development, Paired With Lively Summaries That Convey Both The Enjoyment And Significance Of Each Work Arranged By Region, Country, And Language, Entries Illuminate The Fiction Of Individual Nations, Cultures, And Peoples, While Concise Biographies Sketch The Careers Of Noteworthy Authors Compiled By M A Orthofer, An Avid Book Reviewer And Founder Of The Complete Review, This Reference Will Benefit From An Actively Maintained Companion Site Featuring Additional Links And Resources And New Reviews As Contemporary Works Are Published The Complete Review Guide To Contemporary World Fiction Is Perfect For Readers Who Wish To Expand Their Reading Choices And Knowledge Of Contemporary World Fiction.


10 thoughts on “The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction

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    Disclosures at the end This is a long review that continues into the comments.This is a reference book one excellently timed to meet the Anglosphere s current expanding interest in translated fiction And as it s a reference work, much of its audience won t be reading it cover to cover Before Goodreads prompted the compulsion to put every book into a discrete category such as read or unfinished and especially as a kid, I used to read lots of reference books But unless they were short, The Usborne Guide to the Weather or something, I wouldn t read a whole one at once, rather chapters and bits over months and years as I felt like it At some unrecorded point it became fair to consider a single volume encyclopaedia, for example, read.Reading The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction has been a nostalgic experience, taking me back to those relaxed days when at least half my book reading was not in pure narrative, but about browsing snippets of information, lists and short articles I could always return to later It was an internet like experience before most households had the internet, and w...


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    This is a great resource to learn about new books in translation.It takes time to readbut for those who enjoy learning about new authors and books you ve never read about from all over the world, The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction , is a great treat to have at your finger tips I can t imagine the number of hours that went into writing this guideBut the author has saved us hours of timeyetI ve been reading this for over a month and I m still not done It wouldn t have to take as long as it is to read.but I keep looking up authors and books they ve written on the Internet TO READ MORE Once you begin to get curious about an author in depth and a book they wrote from reviews in here it s only natural to search out .One example I knew nothing about author, Peter Handke German Born, is an Austrian novelist He s written a great variety, having won numerous prizes A political activist and playwright One of his books that interests me is called A Sorrow Beyond Dreams It s a story he wrote after ...


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    Rarely do I review a book before finishing it, but I have seen enough to know that not only is this the book i ve been looking for, it surpasses my expectations.One of the things I promised myself for 2016 was to try to expand my book choices beyond my comfort zone I knew that Goodreads would be a good tool for that, but I needed something I m an ex Waterstones bookseller so I know how to find books, yet even armed with that experience, it is difficult to find authors you don t even know you re looking for So when I saw this book, I knew I had to have it I assumed that it would give me a bit of background to various countries around the world and then some lists of authors and titles Instead, it presents a comprehensive discussion of literary styles, periods, and influences It includes sections on different genres, the history of certain authors, why or how they have or haven t been translated, and Even in the section on French writing, where I thought i d recognise the most names because I read in French and English, I was amazed to find that I only knew a tiny proportion of the authors listed Flicking forward to other chapters, I found this to be the case every time It is very clear that, even having worked in a university bookstore, I have s...


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    Seeing as I ve been copying down much of the list here onto Goodreads for the past two afternoons, you probably have a good idea about what I think of this book It s a treasure house, organized geographically, about the world s fiction and what is available in English translation, and some of what should be available The book is broad, with selections from the Inuit, Faroese, Malawians and Tongans, almost all from 1945 or later, with some guidelines about translations or publishers or where else to find books, all reading new books for the sake of reading new books The book is a useful reference, but there is really much up for free at the author s website, the complete review , which I ve followed for years Of course, this is only a guide to fiction, not an encyclopedia A prominent author might get a full page or two to himself, others have to make do with only a noun and an adjective describing them, or the phrase worth your reading , or not available in English , stuck in for their location and no help given about the content There is little comparison of translations,...


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    Too short by a mile But you get an entire website, almost two decades deep, to supplement I d say one thing I noticed here to contrast with one other recent Massive Survey Work I missed the unbridled enthusiasm which Steven Moore put into his two volume History of the Novel I mean that Pantagruelism, that reine Begeisterung those lines where it s just, like, I love this guy re Jean Paul With Orthofer you get the cool informational tone much like with Frederick R Karl s tone in his massive two volume thing on north American Fiction another autobiographical comment of mine But again, that s just cuz the book is so damn short And like with Moore, there is the personality of the Reader evident on the page the massively prolific kind of reader both these guys are Both possessing that kind of literary authority which can only be earned by years and years of woodshedding But,...


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    4 v r t nhi u th ng tin, tuy c l t y l cu n s ch t ng h p c c t c ph m ng i c c khu v c v r t c ch cho nh ng ai mu n t m hi u s qua v v n ch ng v ng mi n n o tr n th gi i d nhi n l ph i th ng qua b n d ch ph n Vi t Nam trong khu ng Nam th c nh c t i D ng T...


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    There are few enough of us who could name a novelist from Djibouti or from The Faroe Islands or Mongolia, and very few who could name writers from all three, but M.A Orthofer can, and does in this very useful book, along with mentioning many though by no means all of the best writers, from every area of the world, who have had their work translated into English As such it is a great resource and anyone who peruses the book will find out about writers of whom they were hitherto unaware and, one hopes, will result in many of the novels mentioned being sought out and read But the book, to be an essential guide to the literature of the world, should be at least twice its length Too much of the book consists of rushed appearances by writers who deserve much greater consideration The brevity of some entries means that at times we learn nothing The novels of Jabra I Jabra are noteworthy Ludmila Ulitiskaya s fiction is worth a look Of course there are longer entries too, but even here there is too often the feeling of dashing around a particularly well stocked library with someone quickly pulling out books, saying a few words about them and rushing on to the next stack We re left too with the feeling that we ve passed by some very important writers without a mention of their books So, not a word about John Bart...


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    Orthofer lives in New York currently and was founder in 1999 of the complete review, a website dedicated to reviews of recent literature from around the world In 2002 Orthofer included a blog, The Literary Saloon, which carries news from interviews, reviews, and notes on awards, publication, items of interest from around the internet Orthofer has been updating it nearly every day The reach of Orthofer s interests is nothing short of astounding In this compendium of contemporary world literature he tries to include short mention of the work of leading litterateurs around the world and includes dates of publication and translation when a work is mentioned This is an indispensable guide for those interested in world literature for it introduces readers to new authors and commonalities among authors either in genre or style that allow us to find what suits our own voracious reading habits.This work can be read for itself, but it is likely to be used as a reference text for readers interested in contemporary world literature It can be downloaded as an ebook or referenced from the hardcopy Continents are broken into constituent parts and each countries authors are mentioned with reference to their major works While I have always thought myself interested in world literature, the range of this work makes...


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    Orthorfer has read the world so you don t have to.No, wait, that s not true He s read the world so he can guide you through each region and country, pointing out the most important and interesting literary landmarks He s a master at it, making The Complete Review Guide readable both in chunks as mood dictates or straight through, as I devoured it.However you decide to read be sure to start with the introduction It lays out why there is so little translated literature in the US, the state of world literature today, and what to look out for when picking up a translation I knew to be wary of a book that doesn t have the translator s name featured on the cover but Orthofer adds, A red flag to look out for is the translation copyright in the name of the publisher, rather than that of the translator, which indicates that the translation was a work for hire, thus giving the translator no rights regarding the presentation of the text That s scary, especially as he goes on to talk about how translations are edited and sections, or even half the text, may be cut Good to know.Once you ve read the intro dip in to whatever region ...


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    I m sure lots of people have seen news stories etc about only 3% of books published in the US being in translation as a relatively globally minded person I just assumed that I was better at reading global literature So I was slightly horrified that of the 1300 books I ve read on goodreads, as of the beginning of this year only 65 were books in translation I decided to fix that, and this World Fiction Review is an incredibly useful aid in my goal The short introduction gives a very good overview of the importance of reading globally, and some of the associated issues and problems Then comes the guide, arranged by country or region It s very concise, only two of three sentences per author, but still manages to weave together a narrative of an area s literature as a whole...


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