Literary roundup: Music, literature and blood

The growth of European crime writing from outside Scandinavia continues and on June 11 four crime writers from the other corners (and center, actually) of Europe will be in London  at the London Review Bookshop to talk about their work and, of course, crime.

The event is titled “More Bloody Foreigners: Criminally Good Books From Across The Channel” and includes Polish writer Mariusz Czubaj, an excerpt of whose 21:37 appeared in B O D Y, Italian writer Marco Malvaldi, Montenegrin writer Andrej Nikolaidis, and Italian writer Ben Pastor.

Read more about the event, writers and info to RSVP here

Music & Literature interview

New Directions’ blog has an interview with the editors of Music & Literature, Taylor Davis-Van Atta and Daniel Medin in which they discuss the idea behind this truly unique magazine and the select group of writers, artists and composers it focuses on (which include: Roberto Bolaño, Arvo Pärt, László Krasznahorkai, Bela Tarr,Clarice Lispector and Iva Bittová among others).

From the interview:

And to plunge into the life’s work of Bolaño or Kafka—or Arvo Pärt, Max Neumann, Pina Bausch, Kaija Saariaho, Ingmar Bergman, among countless others—is a project without end. The works produced by these artists are inexhaustible, and deserve a class of accessible, smart, and enjoyable literature that meaningfully engages with them—and that provides the opportunity to discover what we haven’t encountered before…”

Get your subscription to M&L here

Photo – From the cover of Marco Malvaldi’s The Art of Killing Well

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