I think it was a journalist in Mexico who said, "You write nightmarish realism," or something like that. I grew up reading Garcia Marquez of course, and a lot of horror, Stephen King's novels for example. I find it hard to believe in those supernatural things. But I am conscious that people around me, and especially people in Veracruz and Mexico, really believe in the supernatural. Some people believe in UFOs or in spirits, it is almost a religion for them. … [Read more...] about Nightmarish realism: Fernanda Melchor on the haunting voices of ‘Hurricane Season’
Fiction in translation
“Our study finds that publishers and booksellers do not have the resources, know-how, or, sadly, the inclination to reach wider audiences. They do not see the economic or cultural benefit. Big publishers and booksellers need to radically reimagine their audience,” said Saha. “The entire industry is essentially set up to cater for white, middle-class readers, in terms of the books it produces, the media it engages, even the look and feel of bookstores and the demographics they serve. This has to change.” … [Read more...] about ‘Black and Asian people not seen as readers’: Bernardine Evaristo condemns books industry
Bernardine Evaristo and Reni Eddo-Lodge have become the first black British women to top the UK’s fiction and nonfiction paperback charts, in a week where black authors lined up to slam British publishing as a “hostile environment”, and as bookshop chain Waterstones is being urged by staff to donate to the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of soaring sales of black authors. … [Read more...] about Black British authors top UK book charts in wake of BLM protests
The differences between the Chief’s sons are distinctively drawn. Hart, at times disturbingly reminiscent of an older Holden Caulfield, doggedly worships their father; Cormac, who is as flashy as his cufflinks, appears more lazily ambivalent in his affections. “His mind was a luxury”, Hart reports at the novel’s beginning, his face “a menace of features”. (Hughes was a poet before she started writing novels; her metaphors and similes burn bright.) The pair are gifted a dream of a femme fatale in the person of Dolly, an older actor whose stagey duplicitousness is evident from the breathless tropes Hart uses to describe her: hair “black as space”, a red wool coat “spilled around her like a pool of blood”, earlobes “white downy disks, weightless as Eucharists or Disprins”. … [Read more...] about The Wild Laughter by Caoilinn Hughes review – an Irish Cain and Abel
The economic and political issue has to do with the real situation on the ground when an app notifies the user of a potential contact. Should that person quarantine themselves for two weeks and bear the financial consequences of not going to work? Should someone potentially exposed to the virus be directed to immediate and government paid-for testing or be asked just to monitor symptoms? Without knowing the nature of the contact, an automatic quarantine becomes an enormous financial burden on social security agencies and ultimately on the government that has approved the app. Had Google and Apple aimed merely to provide an information tool that anyone could develop for their safety, rather then asking governments or health authorities to validate and own one app per country, there would be no expectation about making the tool conform to national health requirements. … [Read more...] about Why are Google and Apple dictating how European democracies fight coronavirus?