Re: RARA-AVIS: Foreign HB novels (was:First Joe Gore novel)

From: Etienne Borgers (
Date: 29 Jul 2002

At 10:27 28-07-02 -0700, Terrill Lankford wrote:
>I've been lurking through UK month, but found it very interesting. One of the
>things I've found most illuminating is the sense that we don't import nearly
>enough writing from outside this country, even when it is in our own
>I wanted to suggest that Etienne host a month on French writers, then I
>realized we don't get a whole lot of translations of French HB works here. It
>seems we have a one way street going with this issue most of the time. Just
>about anyone who writes a halfway decent book can sell the rights to France
>for translation (or Japan, Germany, UK, Italy, etc.), but our U.S. publishers
>don't seem very high on bringing in the imports.

I totally agree with Terrill about this isolationism of the USA concerning popular lit. It's because the French (and from other Continental origins) novels are scarcely translated, even for the UK market, that I refrain from citing names of French authors that could illustrate some of our general discussions here.

E.Borgers Hard-Boiled Mysteries

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