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Janusz Rudnicki in B O D Y

An essay in B O D Y on the life of Hans Christian Andersen, a life as bizarre in many ways as anything the writer conjured up in his well-known ...

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B O D Y’s Saturday European Fiction: Two year anniversary

B O D Y’s series of European fiction in translation, Saturday European Fiction, has now reached the end of its second year and so a summing up of sorts is ...

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In the footsteps of Joseph Roth

Dennis Marks died on April 2 at the age of 66. This interview, conducted in 2012, is being republished in commemoration. Broadcaster, filmmaker and writer Dennis Marks talks to literalab ...

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Euro Stars in London

This evening at 6:30 GMT four contemporary European writers from across the ...
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Slovo Russian Literature Festival

The 6th annual Slovo Russian Literature Festival is underway in London, because ...
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Czech literature beyond the Fantastic Four

If you’re at the London Book Fair today you can attend a ...

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Croatian writers at LBF

The London Book Fair will see the launch of Croatian writer Olja Savičević’s novel Farewell, Cowboy, translated from the Croatian by Celia Hawkesworth. Both writer and translator will be in attendance at 4:00 at stand 5C131 as well as at an evening reception at the Croatian Embassy. Then on Thursday there will be a reading […]

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Alek Popov at LBF

The 2015 London Book Fair is underway and there is a lot to report in the world of Central and Eastern writing. Bulgarian writer Alex Popov has launched his newest novel Black Box, translated from the Bulgarian by Daniella and Charles Edward Gill de Mayol de Lupe and published by Peter Owen Publishers. He is […]

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Jan Rozner in B O D Y

Seven Days to the Funeral is a lightly fictionalized memoir left unfinished at the death of the Slovak journalist, critic and translator Ján Rozner, who had emigrated to Germany in 1976. Yet it is also much more than that – it is a document of the process of normalization in Slovakia following the Soviet invasion […]

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Joris-Karl Huysmans in B O D Y

Joris-Karl Huysmans is best known for the representative novel of Decadence, À rebours (Against Nature), and its extreme aesthete protagonist Des Essientes as well as his masterpiece of Satanism, Là-Bas (Down There). But his prolific output included a great variety of no less extreme works, including the newly translated Un Dilemme (A Dilemma). The short […]

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Ciler Ilhan in B O D Y

Turkish writer Çiler İlhan won the European Union Prize for Literature in 2011 for her short story collection Exile and now the English translation by Ayşegül Deniz Toroser Ateş is being published Istros Books. Besides İlhan, B O D Y has published three other EU Prize for Literature winners: Montenegrin Ognjen Spahić, Serbian Jelena Lengold and […]

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Literary roundup: Prague marathons and Caucasian weddings

The New York Times has an article that uses the occasion and course of the Prague Marathon to venture into Czech dissidence and history as well as some very interesting issues of a renewal of interest in political debate among the younger generation of artists and writers and how this is controversial. The whole article […]

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Sozopol Fiction Seminars 2015 – application deadline

There are only a few days left to apply for this year’s Sozopol Fiction Seminars that will take place on the Black Sea coastal town of Sozopol from June 18-22. The application deadline is March 20. The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation’s program offers full scholarships for 10 writers to come to Bulgaria – five English-speaking, five […]

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Ivan Srsen in B O D Y

Croatian writer Ivan Sršen’s debut novel Harmattan follows a Nigerian woman imprisoned in Germany for nothing more than entering Europe without the proper documents. Read an excerpt of the account of prison life in Saturday European Fiction in a translation by Marino Buble. Read more Saturday European Fiction

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Cartarescu’s ‘Blinding’ wins Leipzig Book Award

Romanian writer Mircea Cărtărescu has won the Leipzig Book Award for his trilogy Blinding. The novel originally came out in three separate parts in 1996, 2002 and 2007 respectively, while its outstanding English translation by Sean Cotter was published as a single book by Archipelago Books in 2013. The award’s full name is the “Leipzig […]

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Literary Roundup: Pushkin Prize and Berlin launch

The Pushkin House Russian Book Prize shortlist for 2015 has been announced and has some very interesting titles. It includes Polish writer Jacek Hugo-Bader’s Kolyma Diaries: A Journey into Russia’s Haunted Hinterland, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. You can read translations of Polish prose and poetry by Lloyd-Jones in B O D Y. The Zhivago Affair: […]

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