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Keeping literature dirty

I was almost sorry to see the developers of the Clean Reader app — which would have allowed squeamish or morally didactic readers to remove profanity from books — take “immediate action to remove all books from our catalogue” last week, in response to authors…

Vietnamese literature needs global exposure

HA NOI – Foreign and domestic delegates yesterday discussed a strategy to promote Vietnamese literature overseas at two workshops held in Ha Noi. The Viet Nam Writers' Association's International Conference to Introduce Vietnamese Literature held the workshops, where writers and poets expressed their opinions about Vietnamese literature. They also said they would bring Vietnamese literary works …

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature runs from March 5-7

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, which runs from March 5 to March 7, will host an array of internationally recognised authors from around the world. The festival, taking place in InterContinental Dubai Festival City, will kick start on March 3 with an opening night held at the Cultural and Scientific Association located in Al Mamzar. The opening night will celebrate the world of …

Review: 'Get in Trouble' by Kelly Link: EW review

Link deftly fuses science fiction, societal satire, and literature in this brilliantly strange short-story collection. With every tale she conjures a different universe, each more captivating than the last. At first glance these realms donât seem too far from our own, but soon their wild,… A

Albania's Kadare unruffled by elusive Nobel

He has been tipped many times as a winner of the Nobel literature prize but has never won it — and Albanian novelist Ismail Kadare isn't bothered if he never does. So often has his name been mentioned as a potential Nobel laureate that “many people think I've already won it”, the 79-year-old told AFP in an interview conducted in French in Jerusalem. Kadare, Albania's best-known novelist and …