Sunday, September 30, 2007

Nomad's Land

Excellent account of the Mongolian nomadic lifestyle from the Malaysian Star newspaper.  Although perhaps slightly too much information about the writer's intestinal problems...

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Pure Genius...

I think this is what they mean by fusion...

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Everything you've ever wanted...

...And, if you want to taste some of the fruits of that economic growth, this is the place to look.  Everything from books and CDs to - well, a toy felt camel and a dolls' ger.  What more could you ask?

Growing Pains

It's not quite up there with China yet, but it's not difficult to see why Mongolia is facing some challenges...

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Green Thoughts

It's the Political Party Conference season here in the UK, which is not necessarily a prospect to lighten the spirits and set the heart aflame.  Nevertheless, here's an interesting account of a presentation at the Green Party Conference based around a film made by Purevsuren Shah, the International Chair of the Mongolian Green Party.   Important issues, which we've touched on here before.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Shadow Walking over the Pond

The Shadow Walker has had one or two nice mentions in the US, so I'm really pleased to say that it's now going to be published over there by our good friends at Berkley Books.  Look out for it in 2008.

Music, Rhythm and Wonder...?

I've drawn your attention to one or two interesting pieces on traditional Mongolian music recently.  But of course that's not the only music that Mongolians listen to, as this account of the Coke n' Beat (no, really) live music festival shows...

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Great Danes

Speaking of blogs, I'm grateful to the excellent Petrona for drawing my attention to the Manchester Literary Festival, which I'd unaccountably managed to overlook, despite living on the doorstep.  I was musing recently about Danish crime fiction, and I note that the programme includes a session called 'Danish Invasion' with contributions from Morten Ramsland, Janne Teller and Leif Davidsen, author of 'The Serbian Dane'.  Hope to see you there.

Detectives Beyond Borders

I've mentioned Peter Rozovsky's splendid blog, Detectives Beyond Borders, a few times recently.  While the blog is always entertaining and insightful, I hadn't previously realised that Peter is a man of such profound good taste - as evidenced by the extraordinarily generous comments he's been making about The Shadow Walker over the last few days. 

Modesty forbids me from saying any more, but Peter does always offer some interesting thoughts about the setting of crime fiction in exotic locations (referencing Clive James's New Yorker article on crime fiction which we've discussed before around these parts).

Oh, and I suppose I should just mention that The Adversary officially hits UK bookstores today...

Monday, September 3, 2007

The Adversary

Well, I did promise (threaten?) the odd casual reminder.  The Adversary hits all good UK bookshops this week, and seems now to be available from Amazon UK.  Get it now and be the envy of your friends.  Or something. 

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Well, they're shorter...

Peter, from the excellent Detectives Beyond Borders blog, quite reasonably responded to my post below by enquiring what a Mongolian short-song would be.  There's quite a useful description here (though like all attempts to describe music in words it probably raises more questions than it answers). 

Mongolian traditional music is rather wonderful and strange.  Throat singing, of course, has to be heard to be believed (and even then your credulity is stretched).  Here's a decent short introduction.