To commemorate the 700th anniversary of the death of the great Italian poet Dante Alighieri, Chameleon Press will publish a new collection of poetry in which contemporary poets from Asia interpret themes Dante’s opus with a particular focus on Beatrice, the object of Dante’s youthful love, his muse and guide. Due to a change in the associated musical composition competition, as well as Covid-19-related scheduling issues regarding associated public events, the submission deadline for the Dante poetry anthology has been extended until May 2021.
A round-up of reviews of works in translation from Bahasa Indonesia, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Pali, Bengali, Tamil, Farsi, Armenian and Arabic: classics, contemporary fiction, short stories and poetry.
Not only does a good chunk of Russia, most of it in fact, lie in Asia, but Russian-language writers (not all of them Russian) have works set in whole or in part in Asia. 2020 saw new translations of modern classics by Sergei Tretyakov and Alexander Grin, as well as translations of new novels set in the Arctic, Caucasus and Central Asia.
A round-up of reviews of works in translation from Japanese, including fiction and non-fiction, novels, story collections and children’s books.
A round-up of reviews of works in translation from Chinese, including fiction, story collections, poetry and biographies.
A round-up of reviews of fiction in translation from Korean, including two graphic novels, short stories and a rare novel from North Korea.
How did Asia fare in the “Best Books” lists of 2020? We like to keep score, but there are also many excellent recommendations and hidden gems in these many lists.