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Literary roundup: A time of fear, Russian litweek and Zagreb Noir

2015 Nobel Prize for literature winner Svetlana Alexievich gave her speech (available in a translation by Jamey Gambrell) a couple days ago in Stockholm and like her books it was ...

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B O D Y’s Czech issue

November at B O D Y has been full of contemporary Czech writing brought to you by guest editor Jan Zikmund. It’s impossible to mention everyone here but there’s been ...

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Jan Balaban in B O D Y

The first week of B O D Y’s month-long Czech issue was finished off with a powerful short story, “Cedar and Hammer”, by the award winning writer Jan Balabán, whose ...

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Lukas Luk in B O D Y

Lukáš Luk’s novel Honey Thieves will be out in Slovak shortly but ...
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Sándor Jászberényi in NYC

The author of the fantastic book of short stories The Devil Is ...
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Innocence in Prague

Alex Zucker, translator of Innocence; or, Murder on Steep Street, the newly ...

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New Literature From Europe 2015

This year’s New Literature From Europe festival celebrating literature in translation is taking place in New York City from November 6-9 with a fantastic selection of authors in attendance as well as editors, journalists and a rich cultural program. The authors attending this year include Bernhard Aichner (Austria), Naja Marie Aidt (Denmark), Niccolò Ammaniti (Italy), […]

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Rut Hillarp in B O D Y

One of Sweden’s great modernists poet and writer Rut Hillarp’s work has never before appeared in English before now. With The Black Curve about to be published by Readux Books in a translation by Saskia Vogel, B O D Y has published an excerpt in Saturday European Fiction. Read translator Saskia Vogel on how she […]

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The Missing Slate: Central European Issue

“When a North American or British writer wants to write about new empires that come out of nowhere brandishing stark and memorable symbols, of vanquished homelands and cities made unrecognizable by war, he or she is likely writing a fantasy or science-fiction book. For a Central European writer they need look no further than their […]

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Avrom Sutzkever in B O D Y

Avrom (Abraham) Sutzkever is known for his powerful, lyrical poetry dealing with the Holocaust that he fought through as a partisan and survived as well other weighty, intense themes in his long life’s body of work. And while this short story has its share of darkness, I think it presents a different side of the […]

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Svetlana Alexievich wins Nobel Prize

Belarusian writer and investigative journalist Svetlana Alexievich has won the Nobel Prize for literature. There is already a lot of commentary, articles and probably interviews. As Philip Gourevitch says in an article in the New Yorker titled “Nonfiction Wins a Nobel”, Alexievich is “the first full-time, lifelong journalist to win the literature prize.” Read from […]

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Cinegogue: Avant-garde silents

On Monday Oct 12 and Tuesday Oct 13 the Jewish Museum and Berg Orchestra will be co-hosting the fifth Cinegogue screening in which silent films are presented with live orchestral music. The films will be the works of Man Ray, Ralph Steiner and Paul Strand. Like Man Ray, both Steiner and Strand were well known […]

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PEN’s World Bookshelf

English PEN is running a competition for the best book its supported through its Writers in Translation programme. Among these is Witold Szabłowski’s The Assassin from Apricot City translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. The book about Turkey, migrants, people smuggling and much more was excerpted in B O D Y when it was […]

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The Anti-Odyssey

“The war is over. Troy has been looted and burned. A valiant Greek warrior whose name has been lost to posterity and so will be designated as X, loads his ship with treasure, hoists the sails, and sets a course for home.” So begins “The Anti-Odyssey”, a short story of mine in the newly published […]

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Juraj Bindzar in B O D Y

“The moon has gone down, disappeared somewhere; the stars are now a pale yellow colour and fast fading, all the merriment having gone from them. Dew is falling as Ester carries the milk pail, says czokolom, thank you, in their language and tries to squeeze past the old woman on her way out. But the […]

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Celebrating a lost Czech novel

On June 18 New York’s Czech Center will be hosting the release of Heda Margolius Kovály’s novel, Innocence; or, Murder on Steep Street. Heda Margolius Kovály (1919-2010) is most famous for her memoir Under A Cruel Star – A Life in Prague 1941–1968 but in 1985 she wrote her crime novel, finally translated this year […]

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