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Curated by Lavinia Greenlaw

Goodbye To All That

July 2014

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ALEŠ ŠTEGER

Aleš Šteger is a poet, essayist and novelist, writing in Slovenian. Aleš belongs to a generation of writers that started to publish right after the fall of Yugoslavia. His first poetry collection Šahovnice ur (1995) was sold out in three…

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Aleš Šteger is a poet, essayist and novelist, writing in Slovenian. Aleš belongs to a generation of writers that started to publish right after the fall of Yugoslavia. His first poetry collection Šahovnice ur (1995) was sold out in three weeks after publication and indicated a new generation of  Slovenian artists and writers.

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Ali Smith

Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962 and now lives in Cambridge. She is the author of Artful, There but for the, Free Love, Like, Hotel World, Other Stories and Other Stories, The Whole Story and Other Stories, The…

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Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962 and now lives in Cambridge. She is the author of Artful, There but for the, Free Love, Like, Hotel World, Other Stories and Other Stories, The Whole Story and Other Stories, The Accidental, Girl Meets Boy and The First Person and Other Stories.

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Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie  is the author of five novels:  In the City by the Sea, Kartography (both shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize), Salt and Saffron, Broken Verses and Burnt Shadows which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction,…

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Kamila Shamsie  is the author of five novels:  In the City by the Sea, Kartography (both shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize), Salt and Saffron, Broken Verses and Burnt Shadows which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and has been translated into more than twenty languages. She is a trustee of English PEN and Free Word, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.  She grew up in Karachi and now lives in London.

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Elif Shafak

Elif Șafak was born in Strasbourg, France, in 1971. She is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read woman writer in Turkey. Critics have named her as “one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary Turkish and world literature”….

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Elif Șafak was born in Strasbourg, France, in 1971. She is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read woman writer in Turkey. Critics have named her as “one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary Turkish and world literature”. Her books have been translated into more than 40 languages and she was awarded the honorary distinction of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.

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Erwin Mortier

Erwin Mortier (1965) made his mark in 1999 with his debut novel Marcel, which was awarded with  several prizes in Belgium and the Netherlands and met with universal acclaim throughout Europe. In the following years he quickly built up a…

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Erwin Mortier (1965) made his mark in 1999 with his debut novel Marcel, which was awarded with  several prizes in Belgium and the Netherlands and met with universal acclaim throughout Europe. In the following years he quickly built up a reputation as of one the prominent authors of his generation, both of prose and poetry. His first collection of verse, Forgotten Light won him the  Debut Prize of Poetry International Rotterdam. His novel While the Gods were Sleeping, a sweeping and epic panorama of the Great War in Belgium and France, was hailed as a masterpiece and received the Ako Literature Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in  the Netherlands.   A grand stylist, Mortier’s evocative descriptions bring past worlds brilliantly to life. In March 2014 he published his newest novel , The Reflections.

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Daniel Kehlmann

Daniel Kehlmann was born in Munich in 1975 and lives in Berlin and New York. His works have won numerous prizes, including the Candide Prize, the Doderer Prize, the Kleist Prize, the WELT Literature Prize, and the Thomas Mann Prize….

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Daniel Kehlmann was born in Munich in 1975 and lives in Berlin and New York. His works have won numerous prizes, including the Candide Prize, the Doderer Prize, the Kleist Prize, the WELT Literature Prize, and the Thomas Mann Prize. His novel Measuring the World was translated into more than forty languages and is one of the biggest successes in postwar German literature.

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Xiaolu Guo

Xiaolu Guo was born in China and now lives in London. She is the author of Village of Stone (the translation was shortlisted for the Independent’s Foreign Fiction Prize and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award); A Concise…

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Xiaolu Guo was born in China and now lives in London. She is the author of Village of Stone (the translation was shortlisted for the Independent’s Foreign Fiction Prize and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award); A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, which was shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction and has been translated into twenty-four languages; 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth, which was long-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize; UFO in her Eyes, recently made into an award-winning film by Xiaolu herself; and a collection of short stories, Lovers in the Age of Indifference.

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Lavinia Greenlaw

Lavinia Greenlaw was born in London, where she has lived for most of her life. Her poetry includes The Casual Perfect and Minsk. She has also published novels along with two works of non-fiction, The Importance of Music to Girls and Questions of Travel: William Morris…

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Lavinia Greenlaw was born in London, where she has lived for most of her life. Her poetry includes The Casual Perfect and Minsk. She has also published novels along with two works of non-fiction, The Importance of Music to Girls and Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland. Her latest book of poetry, A Double Sorrow: Troilus and Criseyde, was published by Faber in March 2014.

Her interest in image-making and the problems of perception, both central to Troilus and Criseyde, led to her studying seventeenth-century Dutch art at the Courtauld Institute and becoming the first artist-in-residence at the Science Museum.

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NoViolet Bulawayo

NoViolet Bulawayo won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing and the 2013 Etisalat Prize; was shortlisted for the 2009 SA PEN Studzinsi award, the 2013 Man Booker Prize, the 2013 Guardian first book award; was a finalist for the…

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NoViolet Bulawayo won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing and the 2013 Etisalat Prize; was shortlisted for the 2009 SA PEN Studzinsi award, the 2013 Man Booker Prize, the 2013 Guardian first book award; was a finalist for the B&N Discover Great Writers Award; and was one of the National Book Foundation’s ‘5 Under 35’ in 2013. Her work has appeared in Guernica, The Telegraph, Callaloo, The Boston Review, Newsweek, and The Warwick Review, as well as in anthologies in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the UK. She is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. She was born and raised in Zimbabwe.

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