Int’l GayLit Round-Up

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Qiu Miaojin, Notes of a Crocodile, New York Review Books. Qui’s second novel appears in English for the first time. A queer cult figure in the Chinese-speaking world, the Taiwanese author died young in 1995 and most of her work has been published posthumously. One of her translators considers her work here.

Peter Ackroyd, Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day, Chatto & Windus. The prolific British author chronicles 2,000 years of queer history.

Pajtim Statovci, My Cat Yugoslavia, Pantheon. A gay Muslim from Kosovo who grows up in Finland tries to make sense of his experience with the help of an immigrant-hating cat.

Édouard Louis, The End of Eddy, Farrar, Straus and Giroux. A working class boy grows up gay in a violent, troubled community in northern France. A big hit in France, where the setting is thought to clarify the rise of the far-right, it’s been translated into more than 20 languages.

Simon Goldhill, A Very Queer Family Indeed, University of Chicago Press. Most of the kids in the Benson family were queer and everyone in this prominent Victorian clan was interesting. Arthur (A.C.) Benson edited Queen Victoria’s letters. His brother Fred (E.F.) Benson wrote the cutely camp Mapp and Lucia novels. There’s a great review by Philip Hensher here.

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