>>7645732 Ahh, so that's the reason why John Hawkes was way more popular in France than in US (if you want some source of info about it, William Gass was telling that in some interview; that it was such surprise their were that popular in Europe).
As for myself, I'm European and I like American po-mo. The issue is that a lot of it centers about American problems. I mean, it may be great, but JFK assassination (just a first thing that came to my mind and because I really like Delillo myself) isn't that interesting to average European person; the themes of those books aren't that familiar here probably, or dunno how to say it.
And, the very same thing can be said in the opposite way; and it can be seen here as well: most of the european books that are poste here are classics, not the contemporary stuff (or po-mo stuff); how many Pinget, Blanchot, Sarraute, Magris, Handke etc etc etc are here? And I'm mentioning only really big names, nothing too obscure.
>>7648431 man, I said 'average person', and it may shock you, but even 'average persons' are reading books. And I think it has been this way always.
Also, most of the readers out of anglo-american countries (and of course, beside lit's '>translations' meme) tend to read translations. So, now imagine rather small country somewhere in Europe; there's a few big publishers, few small publishers; even if there is a lot of readers, most of them will be casual readers, not exactly fans of po-mo in general (and even less American) - you can see these as 'average readers'. Now, big piblishers, what are they going to do? Release some relatively obscure author and sell like 200 copies of that book? No they probably won't do it, because it's money loss. Then there are small publishers, they are releasing more obscure books (some of these publishers don't even do it for money, just for the sake of releasing good books), but again, these books will be bought by few hundreds people. This is huge minority f population, lot of them doesn't writing on the internet about these obscure books. And even if they would do it, it still wouldn't change the bigger picture in which it seems that no-one cares about po-mo, experimental writing and shit like that, hell even most of the poetry.
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