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Contemporary world fiction : a guide to literature in translation /
Juris Dilevko, Keren Dali, and Glenda Garbutt.
imprint
Santa Barbara, Calif. : Libraries Unlimited, c2011.
description
xxvi, 526 p.
ISBN
9781591583530 (acid-free paper)
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imprint
Santa Barbara, Calif. : Libraries Unlimited, c2011.
isbn
9781591583530 (acid-free paper)
catalogue key
7372778
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2011-07-01:
This is an excellent introductory reference work to contemporary world literature not originally published in English. Dilevko, Keren Dali, and Glenda Garbutt, all affiliated with the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, make no attempt to provide an encyclopedic overview but rather present a solid groundwork for both the casual reader and the academic student. This single volume has a number of strengths and a few minor shortcomings. First, each geographic section begins with an excellent bibliographic essay and a list of consulted sources. The book is well indexed by author, title, and translator. Over 1000 authors are covered, with primary arrangement by language in which the author wrote. Authors whose work was mainly published before 1980 are excluded, although there are some exceptions. Each included book title features a brief description, a subject keyword, related translated titles by the author, and a list of sources considered for the annotation. It does not have an index by genre, so the reader looking for mysteries originally written in Japanese, for example, will need to scan the Japanese literature section. Neither books for children nor nonfiction books are included; novels and some short story collections made the cut. The authors, realizing that this work is but a snapshot at the time of publication, also include several free websites for current information as well as guides to other print resources. BOTTOM LINE Highly recommended for the casual reader wishing to discover international contemporary fiction and for students of literature.-Susan L. Peters, Univ. of Texas, Galveston (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review Quotes
"The authors, all connected with the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, have produced a unique and useful reference book. ... Large public and all academic libraries will find this an essential purchase for their reference collection." - Booklist
"This is an excellent introductory reference work to contemporary world literature not originally published in English. Dilevko, Keren Dali, and Glenda Garbutt, all affiliated with the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, make no attempt to provide an encyclopedic overview but rather present a solid groundwork for both the casual reader and the academic student. ...Highly recommended for the casual reader wishing to discover international contemporary fiction and for students of literature." - Library Journal, Starred Review
"This text, subtitled A Guide to Literature in Translation , offers valuable information on a vast amount of work from Africa, East Asia, the Mediterranean, Russia, latin America, and elsewhere. For each book covered, the text details common styles and tropes, as well as past reviews." - World Literature Today, Nota Bene
"This text, subtitled A Guide to Literature in Translation, offers valuable information on a vast amount of work from Africa, East Asia, the Mediterranean, Russia, latin America, and elsewhere. For each book covered, the text details common styles and tropes, as well as past reviews." - World Literature Today, Nota Bene
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Booklist, September 2011
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Summaries
Description for Reader
* Facilitates the exploration of other countries and cultures, as represented through stories written in the original languages of those countries and cultures * Explains how to keep up-to-date with recent publications of world fiction * Tells librarians and readers alike where to look for further information about authors of world fiction * Provides access to a wide range of bibliographic sources about non-English cultural and literary traditions
Description for Reader
Facilitates the exploration of other countries and cultures, as represented through stories written in the original languages of those countries and cultures Explains how to keep up-to-date with recent publications of world fiction Tells librarians and readers alike where to look for further information about authors of world fiction Provides access to a wide range of bibliographic sources about non-English cultural and literary traditions
Description for Reader
Over 1,000 annotated contemporary world fiction titles, featuring author's name; title; translator; publisher and place of publication; genre/literary style/story type; an annotation; related works by the author; subject keywords; and original language 9 introductory overviews about classic world fiction titles Extensive bibliographical essays about fiction traditions in other countries 5 indexes: annotated authors, annotated titles, translators, nations, and subjects/keywords
Long Description
In a globalized world, knowledge about non-North American societies and cultures is a must. Contemporary World Fiction: A Guide to Literature in Translation provides an overview of the tremendous range and scope of translated world fiction available in English. In so doing, it will help readers get a sense of the vast world beyond North America that is conveyed by fiction titles from dozens of countries and language traditions. Within the guide, approximately 1,000 contemporary non-English-language fiction titles are fully annotated and thousands of others are listed. Organization is primarily by language, as language often reflects cultural cohesion better than national borders or geographies, but also by country and culture. In addition to contemporary titles, each chapter features a brief overview of earlier translated fiction from the group. The guide also provides in-depth bibliographic essays for each chapter that will enable librarians and library users to further explore the literature of numerous languages and cultural traditions.

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