Our June online issue features an interview with Elif Batuman on the occasion of the publication of her debut novel The Idiot, the autobiographically inspired story of Selin, an 18-year-old Turkish-American girl, during her first year at Harvard in 1995. In conversation with Yen Pham, Batuman discusses the differences between fiction and non-fiction, investing the mundane with meaning, and her memoir The Possessed.
Elsewhere, we are excited to publish an excerpt from Nicola Lagioia’s Strega Prize-winning novel Ferocity in Anthony Shugaar’s translation, a Lynchian family saga set in Italy in the 1980s. We also have a new short story by German Book Prize-winning novelist Lutz Seiler (tr. Alexander Booth), whose English-language debut Kruso was a notable omission from the Man Booker International Prize longlist.
Tom Overton, meanwhile, visits the annual Oberhausen Film Festival in Germany, considering the role of new media in experimental cinema. In ‘The Cursed Videotape’, French novelists Fabien Clouette and Quentin Leclerq go in search of the legendary porn director Jimmy Arrow, who died in 2012 (tr. Jeffrey Zuckerman). We’re also pleased to publish a sequence of poems, ‘Austrian Murder Case’, by the York-based poet Phoebe Power.