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The TMO Litblog

The TMO litblog is a collection of short posts, reviews, and tweets dedicated to literary fiction and book news.

Litblog’s weekly tweets –

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Picador are giving away a proof copy of John Banville’s latest novel The Infinities # Raymond Chandler’s gin gimlet (an approximation): RT @MaudNewton # Man Booker longlist announced # Are the Booker judges an ‘ethnicaly pure, upper middle class cartel’? # Giles Coren doesn’t hit back angrily at Mr Barry’s review? […]

Cal – Bernard McLaverty

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

‘Tragic’ was always one of those easy-to-reach for words used to describe Northern Ireland’s ‘troubles’. It managed to avoid picking sides, and recognised that things were more complicated on the ground than the simple catholic vs protestant / irish vs british equations.  Not such a bad thing, but more often than not it was also […]

Litblog’s weekly tweets –

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

“I mean it really should be as close to idling as possible.” Joseph O’Neill on writing # We like the sound of Bolano’s By Night in Chile # Which UK politician is the obvious choice for novelisation? # More comments on the ‘Towards a Poetics of Anger’ essay # Unfinished Graham […]

Litblog’s weekly tweets –

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

writing has become a weapon # 10 guidelines for structuring a short story # Reviewing the reviewers – the debate continues # Off now to finish ‘Last train to liguria’ by Christine Dwyer Hickey # that should have been ‘from liguria’ of course – apologies # Extract from Leviathan, winner of the […]

The Last Train from Liguria – Christine Dwyer Hickey

Friday, July 17th, 2009

It’s refreshing to hear an author declare in no uncertain terms that they don’t like the cover of their novel. M.J. Hyland did exactly that on a recent radio interview when asked about her latest novel This is How. Not, presumably because there’s anything wrong with the cover per se – it’s an elegant and […]

Litblog’s weekly tweets –

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Amazon now in tax dispute with Japan. RT @roncharles # extract from Mausolée Rouja Lazarova looks back at three generations of women under communism # July issue of Words Without Borders is on Memory and Lies # Humble yourself and take the GCSE literature quiz at the BBC # celebrate […]

Litblog’s weekly tweets –

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Hemingway’s “Feast” more moveable than first realized # Faulkner trivia – he wanted to use coloured inks in ‘The Sound and the Fury’ to delineate multiple time periods # William Burroughs and Susan Sontag on meeting Beckett # Irish novelist Sean O’Reilly interviewed in TMO # On MATG, Niven Govinden wants […]

Fup – a modern fable by Jim Dodge

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

There was virtually nothing I liked about Jim Dodge’s Fup when it arrived at my door. A blurb from the Independent on Sunday telling me ‘You’ll love it’, coupled with the sub-title ‘A modern fable’, had me close to shredding it with extreme prejudice. Three things stopped me, though – the peculiarly grumpy looking duck […]

Litblog’s weekly tweets –

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Fragments shored against my ruin: @harmlessfraud takes a look at Sebastian Barry’s The Secret Scripture # Censoring an Iranian Love Story # Ha Jin talks about the mother of all mother-in-law stories RT @GrantaMag # Wallace had less in common with Eggers and Franzen than he did with Dostoevsky and Joyce […]

Litblog’s weekly tweets –

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

– Metempsychosis, he said, frowning. It’s Greek: from the Greek. That means the transmigration of souls. # – O, rocks! she said. Tell us in plain words. # 9:15AM; “Kingstown pier,” Stephen said. “Yes, a disappointed bridge.” RT @UlyssesSeen # A good introduction to Joyce’s Ulysses, from the TMO archives, for Bloomsday # Bloomin’ […]

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