Posted on May 30, 2024 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The literary sites we follow had a couple of conversations with authors in which topics that might raise an eyebrow — or did so — came up.

The least controversial was at Literary Hub, where Jenna Tang wrote about what it was like to translate Fang Si-Chi’s First Love Paradise by Yi-Han Lin.

The novel is well-known in Taiwan for, in Tang's words, its "heavy themes and detailed descriptions of violence."

R.O. Kwon and Jhumpa Lahiri, however, are more likely to startle Western readers.

The former talked with Electric Literature about the themes in her new novel, Exhibit, including sexual desire ... and the desire not to have children.

The latter spoke at the Hay Festival about the global dangers of fixating on where a person is from, as reported in the Guardian.

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