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The Quarterfinal Matchups [World Cup of Literature]

Now that all of the second round matches have been decided, it’s time for an updated bracket.

You can download a PDF version here.

These quarterfinal matches are all pretty tight . . . And, they’ll all be decided over the next two days.

Today, Monday, July 7th, Chile (By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolaño) and Italy (Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante) face off, and on the other side of the bracket Mexico (Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli) goes up against Uruguay (The Rest Is Jungle by Mario Benedetti).

Tomorrow we find out who the winners will face in the semis, starting with France (The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq) taking on the USA (The Pale King by David Foster Wallace), and ending with Bosnia (How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone by Saša Stanišić) going up against Germany (Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald).

(Interesting note: Anthea Bell translated both the Bosnian and German entries, so she’s already made it to the semifinals.)

On Wednesday we’ll post semifinal match number one, with the second to follow on Thursday. The First Quadrennial World Cup of Literature champion will be named on Monday, July 14th, hours after the Real World Cup has been decided.

Once again, here’s the current bracket in both jpg and PDF forms.

And the PDF version.



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