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Deborah Levy writes fiction, plays and poetry. Her work has been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and she is the author of highly praised books including Beautiful Mutants, Swallowing Geography (both Jonathan Cape) and Billy and Girl (Bloomsbury).
Swimming Home is published by And Other Stories.
Francisco José Viegas (b. 1962) is a Portuguese writer of novels, poetry, and travel books who has also worked as a journalist and in publishing. In 2011, he was elected to the Portuguese parliament, the Assembly, and became the Culture Secretary […]
Piotr Paziński (b. 1973) journalist, essayist, literary critic and translator, belongs to the “third post-Holocaust generation” . He studied philosophy at Warsaw University, and then wrote a thesis on James Joyce’ Ulysses. From 1992-97 he was a journalist working for Gazeta […]
It is perhaps the particularities of Nuno Bragança’s personal history that have provided material for his writing. His novels are unique testimonies to a unique time in Portuguese history and to a generation responsible […]
I love gossip. And who doesn’t? Perhaps you don’t? Well, in that case you’re an exception; the rest of us really love it. Gossip is the stuff(ing) of life. Isn’t it a pleasure, for example, to find out from the […]
Vasia Tzanakari was born in Serres, Greece, in 1980. She studied English Language & Literature at the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki and is finishing her MA in Translation & Translation Studies at the university of Athens. She’s had two books […]
Sérigne M’Baye Gueye, aka Disiz, was born in Amiens in 1978 but grew up on a high-rise estate in Evry, around 15 miles south east of Paris. Rapper, actor and author, Disiz has released eight albums since 2000 and […]
Emmanuelle Pagano has published twelve books, including six novels and several short story collections. Her novel Les Adolescents Troglodytes (2007) won the 2009 EU Prize for Literature, and her work has been translated into German, Hungarian, Italian and Spanish. She lives in the […]
Pas De Deux: A Novel is published by And Other Stories.
I like words to be incandescent and books to be infernos – Linda Lê Relatively unknown to the general public yet critically highly-acclaimed, Linda Lê was born to a Vietnamese father and French mother in Dalat in 1963. Her family […]
Joanna Bator’s Ciemno, prawie noc (Dark, Almost Night) is featured in our Polish Reading Group Winter-Spring 2013.
Paulo Scott was born in 1966 in Porto Alegre, in southern Brazil, and grew up in a working class neighbourhood. At university, Scott was an active member of the student political movement and was also involved in Brazil’s re-democratisation process. […]
Nowhere People is published by And Other Stories.
José Luis Peixoto was born in 1974 in a small village in the Alentejo region. He has written over ten works of literature – fiction, poetry and plays – as well as writing literary journalism and song lyrics for bands. In 2001, […]
José Luandino Vieira is a central figure in the establishment of a distinctively Angolan literary movement. Born in Portugal in 1935, he grew up in Luanda, where his family lived in the poor suburbs, the musseques, in which so many of his short stories and novels are set. He was awarded, but declined for personal reasons, the Prémio Camões, the most prestigious international award for literature in the Portuguese language.
Poet, novelist, journalist and translator, Carlos de Oliveira was born in 1921 to Portuguese parents living in Belém, Brazil. In 1923 the family moved back to Portugal to a small village near Cantanhede. […]
Sergio Olguín was born in Buenos Aires in 1967 and grew up in the Lanús neighbourhood where many of his novels are set. The first of these he penned aged nine. Entitled Lobo, Mi buen amigo (My good friend Wolf), […]
Lucía Etxebarria was born in Valencia in 1966 and has a daughter, a dog, three tattoos and innumerable scars of both the visible and invisible variety. She has been awarded an honorary degree from the University of Aberdeen and her […]
Novelist and traveller Ingrid Thobois was born in Rouen in 1980. Since 2000, she has taught French in Afghanistan, made several radio reports on Central Asia and Haiti, and taken part in development and election monitoring missions in Indonesia, Congo, […]
Wolfgang Bauer is a reporter for Die Zeit. His reportages have won him many prizes including the Prix Bayeux Calvados for War Correspondents. He has worked in the Arab world for many years, including in war zones in Syria and Libya. More […]
Crossing the Sea: With Syrians on the Exodus to Europe is published by And Other Stories.
The sacred is in everyday life, in the falling of a handkerchief … It is strange to have to use words to say that they shouldn’t exist … Our language allows us to lie to ourselves, to run away from […]
Wojciech Kuczok’s Gnój (Muck) is featured in our Polish Reading Group Winter-Spring 2013
Alexandra Lucas Coelho was born in Lisbon in December of 1967. After studying theatre, she graduated with a degree in Communication from Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She worked in broadcasting for nearly ten years, including several years at Radio […]
Iosi Havilio was born in Buenos Aires in 1974. Open Door is his frst novel. His second novel is Estocolmo (Stockholm). Originally published in Argentina, both have now been issued in Spain. He is currently working on a novel that follows on from Open Door.
Paradises is published by And Other Stories.
José Eduardo Agualusa began his writing career as a poet and has since written some eighteen novels, four of which have been translated into English by Daniel Hahn, with The Book of Chameleons winning the 2007 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.
Marian Pilot (born 1936) is a novelist, journalist and screenwriter. His novel Pióropusz (Quill Feathers) won Poland’s top literary award, the NIKE, in 2011. Featured Reading Group Title: Pióropusz […]
At a time of limitless supply and a surplus of intellectual products I do not seek to be heard (urbi et orbi) by a yogi or dervish, to be understood by a Papuan, Geisha or some illiterate. Here, and not […]
Nicos Panayotopoulos was born in Athens in 1963. He studied engineering, but at the same time took drama courses at the Hellenic-American Union. Initially, he worked as an arts journalist for newspapers, magazines and television. Since 1992 he makes a […]
Jean-Marie Gourio (b. 1956, Nérac, Lot-et-Garonne) is a novelist, humourist and screenwriter. His work was first published by the satirical magazine Hara-Kiri, where his column Brèves de comptoir – consisting of humorous quotes and anecdotes overheard in Parisian bars […]
I intend to die as I lived, a free man. – Gabrielle Wittkop Gabrielle Wittkop (née Menardeau) was born in Nantes in 1920. She taught herself to read by the age of four – “I got the feeling of absolute power” – and […]
Michał Witkowski’s Drwal (The Lumberjack) is featured in our Polish Reading Group Winter-Spring 2013.
Dulce Maria Cardoso was born in Fonte Longa, Portugal in 1964, and was only six months old when her family moved to Luanda, Angola. There, she learned to read and write and in 1975 she became one of the […]
Juan Pablo Villalobos was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1973. He now lives in Barcelona, Spain, and has two Mexican-Brazilian-Italian-Catalan children. Down the Rabbit Hole is his frst novel. It was published in 2010 and has already been translated into seven languages.
Down the Rabbit Hole is published by And Other Stories.
Chi Wei-Jan, born in 1954, is a Taiwanese essayist and playwright. Private Eyes is his first novel. His plays include MIT: Mad in Taiwan (2008), The Mahjong Game Trilogy (1997-2007), and One Bed, Four Players (1999). He is a university professor […]
Ondjaki was born in 1977 – two years after the country gained its independence from Portugal – and grew up in a country at war. Now living in Rio de Janeiro, he has over a dozen books published, including collections of poetry,children’s stories and novels.
Inga Iwasiów (born 1963) is a writer, literary critic, professor of literature, editor-in-chief of the bimonthly Pogranicze (“Borderlands”), and organiser of cultural and intellectual life in Szczecin where she was born and has always lived. […]
Christoph Simon was born in 1972 in Emmental, Switzerland. After travels through the Middle East, Poland, South America, London and New York, he has settled in Berne. Zbinden’s Progress is his fourth and already highly acclaimed book.
Zbinden's Progress is published by And Other Stories.
Thanasis Triaridis (Thessaloniki, 1970) is considered to be one of the most unconventional and important contemporary Greek authors. From 2000 to date he has published, in various forms, 30 books of narratives and essays, while in 2004 he started his […]
Jérôme Nouhouaï was born in 1973, in Abomey, Republic of Benin. He has taken part in the Caravane du livre, a project to promote reading in African schools, and currently works for a research institute in Benin. Nouhouaï has written […]
Ana Teresa Pereira was born in Funchal, on the island of Madeira, where she still lives and writes. In 1989 she published her first novel, Matar a Imagem (Killing the Image), which won the Caminho Crime Writing Prize. Over two decades and more […]
Susana Moreira Marques is a writer and journalist. She was born in Oporto in 1976 and now lives in Lisbon. Having worked as a journalist since 2004, she now writes pieces for Público and Jornal de Negócios. Susana lived […]
Now and at the Hour of our Death is published by And Other Stories.
Described by Spanish newspaper ABC as ‘the new sensation in Hispanic literature’, Pola Oloixarac was born in 1977 in Buenos Aires. She claims to have started writing at the age of seven and finished her first novel aged eight.
Born 17 May, 1961 in Nanjing. Han Dong’s parents were banished to the countryside during the Cultural Revolution, taking him with them. When the Cultural Revolution ended, he studied philosophy at Shandong University, graduating in 1982. After teaching in Xi’an […]
Born in Saint-Brieuc in 1965, Fabienne Juhel is a professor of modern letters in the Côtes-d’Armor region of Brittany. Her first novel, La Verticale de la lune, was published by Zulma in 2005. Her subsequent novels – Les bois dormants (2007), À l’angle du […]
Photo Credit: © Willi Spiller, CH 8001 Zurich Anne Cuneo was born in Paris to Italian parents, and raised in Switzerland and in England. She is a writer, filmmaker and journalist, and holds a degree in literature from the University of Lausanne. Her […]
Tregian's Ground: The Life and Sometimes Secret Adventures of Francis Tregian, Gentleman and Musician is published by And Other Stories.
Pavlos Matesis was born in 1933 in the Peloponnesian village of Divri and lived in numerous provincial towns until he was 19. He studied acting, violin and foreign languages (English, French and Spanish). He taught theatre at the Stavrakou School […]
Hani al-Rahib (alternate transcription: al-Raheb) was born in 1939 in the coastal Syrian city of Lattakia. He published his first novel The Defeated (1961) while still a student at the University of Damascus, launching his career to early acclaim. […]
Born in Bogotá is 1974, Antonio Ungar has published six books, incl. Tres ataúdes blancos (Three White Coffins), which was awarded the Premio Herralde in 2010. He was also included in the Bogotá 39. Ungar professes to be a nomad with no specific national identity.
In his own words from the author’s biography in Gin and Tonic Tales: ‘Mário-Henrique Leiria was born in Lisbon in 1923. He went to the Escola de Belas Artes, and left rather hastily. Between 1949 and 1951 he was part of […]
SJ Naudé grew up in South Africa, where he studied law. After practising law in New York and London for many years, he returned to South Africa for a master’s degree in creative writing. The Afrikaans edition of The Alphabet […]
The Alphabet of Birds is published by And Other Stories.
Born in 1966, Johannes Jansen grew up in Freiburg, Leipzig and East Berlin. In the 1980s he became part of the avant-garde literary movement in East Berlin.
Lu Nei, one of the summer 2012 Chinese reading group authors, was born in 1973. He’s been a worker, a salesman, a warehouse manager, a radio broadcaster and a creative director for an advertising agency.
Marc Biancarelli, a high school teacher of the Corsican language, is also an accomplished writer in both French and Corsican. Biancarelli’s latest novel Murtoriu recounts the events leading up to the murder of the taciturn Mansuetu, one of the last Corsicans still […]
Photo Credit: © Marcelo Conti Haroldo Conti was born in the province of Buenos Aires in 1925. He studied at a Salesian school and a Jesuit seminary before graduating with a degree in philosophy from the University of Buenos Aires. In […]
Southeaster is published by And Other Stories.
At quite an early age, I gave in to the irresistible urge not to forget anything because everything that we cannot remember may be lost forever. If we know nothing of yesterday, yesterday never was, neither was Bohemia, and neither […]
Sandro Veronesi is a novelist, journalist and essayist. He graduated in Architecture from the University of Florence, the city where he was born in 1959. His novel La forza del passato (The Force of The Past) won the Campiello and […]
Mustafa Khalifa (b.1948) is a Syrian author. He went to university in France, where he studied art and film direction, and was arrested at the Damascus airport when he returned from Paris. From 1982-1994, Khalifa was held without trial at […]
El complot de los Románticos by Carmen Boullosa is one of the And Other Stories reading group books for our winter 2011-12 Spanish-language group. She is a Mexican novelist, poet and playwright whose writing has been praised by writers including Carlos Fuentes, Elena Poniatowska and Roberto Bolaño.
Rui Zink was born in Lisbon in 1961. He is a writer, university lecturer and cultural commentator. He has published eight novels including his debut Hotel Lusitano (1987, re-released in 2011), Os Surfistas (The Surfers, 2001), Dádiva divina (Gift from God, which won the 2005 Portuguese […]
Born in Actopan, Mexico, in 1970, Yuri Herrera studied Politics in Mexico, Creative Writing in El Paso and took his PhD in literature at Berkeley. Signs Preceding the End of the World was shortlisted for the Rómulo Gallegos Prize and is published […]
Signs Preceding the End of the World is published by And Other Stories.
Elena Simonovna Chizhova, born in Leningrad in 1957, has established herself as one of Russia’s leading modern writers. Over the last decade, all her novels have received prestigious awards and recognition, culminating in the Russian Booker Prize 2009 for her latest work, A Time of Women.
João Ricardo Pedro was born in 1973 in Reboleira, Amadora. Curious about the Lorentz force, he went on to study electrotechnical engineering at the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon. For more than ten years João worked in telecommunications, never having to […]
Traveller, acclaimed writer and grand reporteur, Jean Rolin (b. 1949) is one of France’s best-known writers, with a long backlist establishing his distinctive ‘Rolinian’ territory: ‘psychogeography,’ real-life journeying and self-mapping; a fictionalised blend of memoir and classic travel writing; ruthless […]
Image by Håkan Sandbring Lina Wolff has lived and worked in Italy and Spain. During her years in Valencia and Madrid, she began to write her short story collection Många människor dör som du (‘Many People Die Like You’; Albert […]
Bret Easton Ellis and the Other Dogs is published by And Other Stories.
Poetry was Olga Teixeira Gonçalves’ first love and she published half-a-dozen collections in the decade from 1973. A Floresta em Bremerhaven (The Forest in Bremerhaven, 1975) was her first novel on emigration, which was reprinted four times and won her […]
In Italy Carola Susani is hailed as “the worthy heir of Elsa Morante”, and as one of the strongest writers of her generation. She was born in Marostica (Vicenza) in 1965. Susani is being read in our 2012 Italian reading group.
Mamdouh Azzam is a Syrian novelist, whose social and political critique paints a vivid and condemning portrait of life under dictatorship in Syria. Much of Azzam’s work is set in his native southern Syria among the Druze community. His most […]
Katharina Faber was born in 1952. Strange Signals, her second novel, was published in 2008. It is in its fourth German printing, has been translated into Chinese, and was adapted for theatre by the North by North West Kulturprojekte. Featured […]
El navegante dormido by Abilio Estevez is one of the And Other Stories reading group books for our winter 2011-12 Spanish-language group. He is a prize-winning Cuban writer living in exile in Barcelona.
Photo Credit: © Kevin Howard Winner of the Saboteur Awards 2015 Best Short Story Collection for Don’t Try This at Home. Angela Readman’s stories have appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines, winning awards such as the Inkspill Magazine Short Story […]
Don't Try This at Home is published by And Other Stories.
Oleg Pavlov was only 24 years old when his first novel, Captain of the Steppe, was published, receiving praise not only from critics but from the jury for the Russian Booker Prize, which shortlisted the novel for the 1995 award.
Captain of the Steppe is published by And Other Stories.
Gonçalo M. Tavares is widely hailed as one of the leading lights of modern Portuguese literature. He was born in Luanda, Angola in 1970 where his parents were teaching at the time, but grew up in Portugal. His work has […]
Andrey Baldin (Андрей Балдин) was born on 21 January 1958 in Moscow. An architect and a book designer, Baldin has published a number of non-fiction books, including Moscow. The City Painted in Proverbs (1997), Moscow Idle Days (2010) and Point Extended, […]
Salim Barakat is of Kurdish origin, born in 1951 in Qamishli, Syria. In 1970 he went to Damascus to study Arabic literature, but after a year he moved to Beirut, where he stayed until 1982, publishing five volumes of poetry, […]
One fine day a solar system which is no longer in motion was formed – no longer because its motion is settled. In order for it to go into motion again, there’s a need for something that demolishes. This is […]
Kathrin Röggla is an Austrian author and playwright, as well as a prolific writer of radio plays. She is a member of the Academy of the Arts in Berlin. Her work, which is often political in tone and critical of the […]
Valérie Mréjen (b. Paris, 1969) is a writer and a performance and video artist, trained at France’s Ecole Nationale Supérieur d’Arts. She was an honorary member of the experimental literary group Oulipo in 2001, and a Prix de Rome […]
Nino Haratischwili was born in Tiflis, Georgia in 1983. She is an award-winning novelist, playwright and theatre director and has been writing in Georgian and German since the age of twelve. Her debut novel Juja was longlisted for the German […]
The author of no fewer than 18 novels, Vasco Pratolini is regarded as one of Italy’s greatest 20th-century novelists. He was also a successful literary translator, journalist, and film screenwriter. His first novel, Il tappeto verde (The Green Carpet), was […]
Niyati Keni was born in London. She studied medicine and still practises as a physician. She has travelled extensively within Asia, including in the Philippines where her debut novel, Esperanza Street, is set. Niyati Keni is based in West Sussex […]
Esperanza Street is published by And Other Stories.
Aleksey Slapovsky was born in 1957 in the region of Saratov, Russia. He started his literary career in the 80’s as a dramatist; his first significant work is called ‘Sincere Artist, Unwritten Novel’ (1990). He made his name with the novel ‘It’s Not Me’ (Russian title «Я НЕ Я») which was short-listed for the prestigious national Booker Prize.
José Cardoso Pires is an author featured in the winter 2012 And Other Stories’ Portuguese reading group.
The Lemkos region (Ukrainian: “Лемківщина”), where Bohdan Ihor Antonych (1909 – 1937) was born, is situated among the Carpathians and consists of gently undulating pastures rising to fir-lined mountains and limestone escarpments. The Lemkos (Ukrainian: “Лемки”) were a Ukrainian mountain people whose […]
Rasha Abbas is a Syrian journalist and writer of short stories. She is currently based in Berlin. In 2008, she published her first collection, Adam Hates the Television, and was awarded a prize for young writers during the Damascus Capital of […]
Mia Couto was born of Portuguese parents in Beira, Mozambique, in 1955. In 1974, he went to Lourenço Marques (now Maputo) to study medicine, but became involved in nationalist politics immediately before and after the coup in Lisbon, which brought […]
Antje Rávic Strubel lives in Potsdam, just outside of Berlin. She trained as a bookseller and then studied German and American Literature and Psychology in Potsdam and New York. The name Rávic is entirely invented to describe a separate identity […]
Hubert Haddad was born in Tunis in 1947. He published his first collection of poems, Le Charnier déductif, in 1967. His first novel, Un rêve de glace, was published by Albin Michel in 1974, since when he has published […]
Angelika Klüssendorf was born in 1958 in Ahrensburg, in the former East Germany. She lived in Leipzig from 1961 to 1985, when she moved to West Germany. Today she lives in Berlin. She has written three novels, three collections of […]
Rodrigo de Souza Leão was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1965 and died in a psychiatric clinic in Rio in 2008, shortly after his extraordinary autobiographical novel All Dogs are Blue was published. Due to his mental fragility, Rodrigo de Souza […]
All Dogs are Blue is published by And Other Stories.
Vergílio Ferreira (1916-1997) is one of the greatest writers in the Portuguese language of the last century. As a teenager, he studied in a seminary and later attended the University of Coimbra. His experiences […]
In our time I can only conceive of realism in an expanded form, absorbing innumerable imaginary elements. Today it is impossible to be a realist without acknowledging the interference of technological fictions in daily life. For the contemporary writer the […]
Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel was born in 1966 in Equatorial Guinea, Africa’s only Spanish-speaking country. His parents were from the remote Annobón Island, off the African coast. His books include the novel Avión de Ricos, Ladrón De Cerdos (The Pig […]
By Night the Mountain Burns is published by And Other Stories.
Featured Reading Group title: Тарас Прохасько, “НепрОсті” – Taras Prokhasko, The UnSimple The book, first published in 2002, is available online. Its English translation, by Uilleam Blacker, appeared in Ukrainian Literature, a journal of translations based in Canada (2, 2007; 3, 2011). Download Part 1 and Part […]
Anakana Schofield won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award and the Debut-Litzer Prize for Fiction in 2013 for her debut novel Malarky. Malarky was also nominated for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and named […]
Martin John is published by And Other Stories.
Maria Velho da Costa is a Portuguese writer, the author of more than a dozen books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Born in Lisbon in 1938, she became infamous in 1972 with the publication of Nova cartas portuguesas (New Portuguese […]
Silke Scheuermann, born 1973, first gained acclaim for her poetry. Educated in Frankfurt am Main, Leipzig, and Paris, she studied literature and theatre studies. She is the author of three novels, of which The Hour Between Dog and Wolf was […]
Benjamin Lytal has written for numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the London Review of Books, and the Nation. Originally from Tulsa, he currently lives in Chicago. A Map of Tulsa More information A Map of Tulsa is Benjamin Lytal’s first novel. […]
A Map of Tulsa is published by And Other Stories.
Considered by many to be the enfant terrible of Portuguese literature, Miguel Esteves Cardoso was born in Lisbon in 1955 to a Portuguese father and English mother. A writer, journalist, radio broadcaster, and music critic, among many other things, MEC […]
‘The writer Ivan Vladislavić (born 1957) has been largely unknown outside South Africa, though just recently that picture has begun to change. Vladislavić is a writer of great sophistication who specializes in short fiction (“stories”).’ — JM Coetzee Ivan Vladislavić was born in […]
Double Negative is published by And Other Stories.
Maria Agustina Bessa-Luís Ferreira Teixeira was born on October 15, 1922, in Vila Mea, Amarante, Portugal. Agustina began writing in her teens, although she only published her first work of fiction, Mundo Fechado, […]
Félix Bruzzone spends most of his time beside the swimming pool. That’s not to say he lives a charmed life but rather that despite being one of Argentina’s most celebrated young novelists, Bruzzone has to earn a living. And Bruzzone […]
Ricardo Menéndez Salmón was born in Gijón, Asturias in 1971 and has been hailed as one of the most interesting and profound writers of contemporary Spanish fiction. He writes for newspapers such as El País and a range of literary […]
Igor Ostachowicz (born 1968) graduated in international relations. He has worked as a paramedic at the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology, as a manager at a number of companies, and for the past few years as a civil servant. At […]
Image by badaude.typepad.com Joanna Walsh is a writer and illustrator. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Narrative, and Guernica and has been anthologised in Best European Fiction 2015, Best British Short Stories 2014 and elsewhere. A story collection, Fractals, was published in 2013, and her nonfiction book Hotel was published in […]
Vertigo is published by And Other Stories.
Rui Cardoso Martins is a Portuguese writer whose works include long and short fiction, screenplays, TV comedy shows (including a popular puppetry series of political satire) and award-winning journalism. Born in Portalegre in 1967, he published his first novel in […]
Sylwia Chutnik’s Cwaniary (Hustlers) is featured in our Polish Reading Group Winter-Spring 2013.
Born in Durrës, Albania, Elvira Dones is a novelist, screenwriter and documentary film- maker currently based in the US. After seven novels in Albanian, she wrote the two most recent in Italian, her adopted language: Vergine giurata (Sworn Virgin, 2007) and Piccola guerra […]
Sworn Virgin is published by And Other Stories.