Monday, October 13, 2008

Insularity? So who is he published by?

A couple of Nobel Prize observations. Following those allegations of American “insularity” made by one member of the Swedish Academy, isn’t it ironic that the only publishers who are currently publishing work in English by Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio are American? Staff at the houses of the University of Nebraska Press, Curbstone Press in Jackson, Tennessee, and David R Godine in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, must have felt understandably aggrieved.

The second observation. In the UK, Cape, Penguin and Wildwood House have all published his work in the past. One assumes that the titles in question ‘failed’ commercially. Surely now a chance for someone like Christopher MacLehose, of Harvill fame (now running his own imprint at Quercus), to step forward. Or one of those newer houses like Hesperus, Alma Books or Arris Books?

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