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In latter part of 2010 Archipelago Books of New York and Pushkin Press of London published Ina Rilke's new translation of Louis Couperus' fine first novel, Eline Vere (1889), one of the classics of Dutch literature. I wrote a detailed afterword to this; material for it  came from research done in The Hague, the setting of the novel. The Wall Street Journal published a very enthusiastic review of the book.

 
With Ina Rilke and Sam Garrett I served for the third consecutive time on the Jury of the Vondel Prize, awarded every other year, through the Society of Authors, for the best book translated from Dutch into English - this time for 2010-2011. The winner is My Little War, a modernist Flemish novel of WW2 by Louis-Paul Boon (1912-1979) translated by Paul Vincent who will receive award in London, February 2012.
 
Seren Books are bringing out my novel After Brock in April 2012.
 

For the Independent I have reviewed recently Otto de Kat’s fine novel Julia, translated from the Dutch, Dag Solstad’s existentialist study Professor Andersen’s Night, translated from the Norwegian, and Joanna Bourke’s study of human/animal relationships What it means to be human, from Virago Press. The TLS has published long pieces of mine about Norvik Press’ three new translations of Selma Lagerlöf’s fiction and of The Dedalus Book of Estonian Literature which made me remember my interesting meetings here and in their country with Estonian writers. For TLS my Books of the Year were Otto de Kat’s Julia, Paul Bailey’s moving novel Chapman’s Odyssey, and the Collected Poems of this year’s Nobel Laureate, Tomas Tranströmer. 

 

October-November I spent in Odense, Denmark, researching Hans Christian Andersen. I gave two lectures to the University of South Denmark at invitation of Professor Johan de Mylius. The first lecture was on The Ice Maiden, one of Anderson's most disturbing and difficult works, the second on the relationship between Andersen’s The Improvisatore and Dickens’s David Copperfield.  I got to know Odense better than I ever have done, which has enriched my readings of Andersen, and I am very grateful to the Danish Arts Council who made it possible.

 
Bishops Castle, where I live, has just been chosen as one of Britain's ten best market towns by Lonely Planet Magazine.