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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

No Kafka, No Camus, No Calvino, No Borges

John Carey, the chairman of the judges for the first International Man Booker prize, accuses the British literary scene of being parochial, according to a report in The Guardian: "Dr Carey said foreign literature was 'neglected' in the UK, and to an outsider the British publishing industry could 'seem like a conspiracy intent on depriving ... readers of the majority of the good books written in languages other than their own'. If such laxity had applied 50 or 60 years ago, 'that would have meant, for the English reader, no Kafka, no Camus, no Calvino, no Borges,' he said."


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