News & Notes
Farewell to SEBASTIANO VASSALLI (1941-2015), one of Italy's literary greats and an intellectual in the largest sense. It was an honor to have his words (vividly translated by GREGORY CONTI) grace our pages. We are particularly proud to have featured several chapters from Vassalli's "Amore Lontano" (Faraway Love), an eclectic work of literary appreciation and interpretation by someone who considered himself an "extremist of poetry." Vassalli, known primarily as a novelist, was nominated for a Nobel Prize in Literature in May 2015 and was to receive a Campiello Prize for lifetime achievement in September 2015.
The editors extend a warm welcome to Michael Van Unen, Raritan's new Office Manager.
It is with sadness that we note the passing of two great men of letters:
KARL MILLER, founder of the London Review of Books and a long-time friend of Raritan and its editors, first appeared in the magazine in the Spring 1995 issue. His wit and insight enlivened his essays and reviews and will be sorely missed.
P. N. FURBANK first appeared in Raritan in the Summer 1991 issue, writing on Diderot. Since then, his work has graced our pages with essays on the historical novel, determinism, Robert Musil, and film.
We bid a fond farewell to DONNA K. GREEN, who has served as Raritan's administrative assistant since the fall of 1985. We will miss her cheerful presence (that silvery laugh!) and her efficient management of the office. We wish her all the best in her retirement.
We mourn the loss of JOHN HOLLANDER (1929-2013), distinguished poet and critic. John served on Raritan's editorial board since its founding in 1981, and his wisdom and generous spirit will be much missed.
The editors are delighted to offer congratulations to...
JOHN KINSELLA, whose latest book of poems, Jam Tree Gully, has won two Australian poetry prizes: the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Poetry and the Queensland Literary Award for Poetry. Poems from Jam Tree Gully appeared in the Summer 2011 issue of Raritan.
ADINA HOFFMAN, winner of a 2013 Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prize for nonfiction. She is the author of House of Windows: Portraits from a Jerusalem Neighborhood and My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet’s Life in the Palestinian Century. She is also the author, with Peter Cole, of Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza. She appeared most recently in Raritan in the Spring 2012 issue with “Imagining the Real.”
VICTORIA NELSON, whose latest book, Gothika: Vampire Heroes, Human Gods, and the New Supernatural (Harvard University Press), won the Association of American Publishers 2012 Prize for Excellence in Prose. Nelson has published both fiction and nonfiction in Raritan, including, most recently, “Main Train Station” (Summer 2011), a short story with art by Deborah Barrett
MARINA WARNER, winner of a 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights (Harvard University Press). Warner’s most recent essay in Raritan was “Freud’s Couch: A Case History,” in the Fall 2012 issue.
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