Antonina Pirozhkova, an engineer who designed several stations in the Moscow subway system, and who was Isaac Babel's common-law wife, and about whom I learned from Elif Batuman's funny book, The Possessed
A map of Turkey's reading culture. Among the findings: the most popular Turkish authors are Ömer Seyfettin, Ayşe Kulin and Orhan Pamuk, and people in the northern province of Tokat prefer detective novels. No word on William S. Burroughs' popularity -- one of his books is being investigated in Turkey for 'incompliance with moral norms' and 'hurting people’s moral feelings.'
The Hindu's review of Orhan Pamuk's Naive and Sentimental Novelist: the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures. Here's Alberto Manguel discussing the same book.
There's a Nabokov Museum in St. Petersburg
An article by Gerard Smyth in the Irish Times on the centenary of Czeslaw Milosz's birth
Chandrahas Choudhury on George Szirtes' translation of Sandor Marai's Portraits of a Marriage
Marjorie Perloff reviews a new book on Georg Trakl: 'Christian Hawkey’s brilliant Ventrakl, which puts Trakl’s tragic life squarely into the poetic equation, testifies to the enormous change that has come over lyric poetry in the twenty-first century.'
A clip from Barbara Gowdy's 1993 interview with Leonard Cohen:
Robert Boyers reviews Anthea Bell's translation of Stefan Zweig's Journey into the Past.
Jesse Freedman reviews Stefan and Lotte Zweig's South American Letters
Amelia Atlas on Joseph Roth's Radetzky March
Willard Spiegelman on The Leopard: 'If one mark of a great novelist is the ability to forgive everything by understanding everything, then [Giuseppe] Tomasi [di Lampedusa]'s only rivals are George Eliot, Tolstoy and Proust.'
A review of a collection of lectures by Natsume Soseki (published by Columbia Univ Press)
Finnegan's Wake on-line, with glosses for the puzzling words and phrases
Nicholas Allen reviews R. F. Foster's Words Alone re. Yeats' intellectual origins
A newly recovered story by Daphne du Maurier
Brendan Behan at the pub:
Jane Smiley on the re-issue of Nancy Mitford's novels
Paul Theroux on the 'the trouble with autobiography'
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Robert Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy
Here's an extensive site by the Australian Broadcast Corporation (with several audio clips) to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible
Three talks by the Archbishop of Canterbury on Narnia