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Literalab’s Best Books of 2014: McSweeney’s 46

I have finally begun my ‘Best Books’ list and this year I’m not doing it all at once but am featuring the very best books with reviews and/or links of ...

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Marek Hlasko in B O D Y

“The stout man looked at Israel for the first time since he’d walked into the restaurant. He placed his glass on the table and said, ‘You should go away. You ...

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Interview with Magdalena Platzova in WWB

Czech writer Magdaléna Platzová is appearing in New York City for the New Literature From Europe festival from Dec. 5 to 6, and for the occasion I have an interview ...

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Literary roundup: Hispabooks and Belarus Free Theatre

The Literary Saloon pointed my attention to a profile of Hispabooks in ...
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Literary roundup: Beginning of the ‘Best of’ lists and Bulgarian translation

It is Best Books of the Year time and The Guardian’s Nicholas ...
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New Literature from Europe 2014

A festival of contemporary European writing in which Literalab and B O ...

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Prilepin + Jaszberenyi among B O D Y’s Pushcart nominations

B O D Y has announced its six Pushcart Prize nominees and the two fiction writers among them were Russia’s Zakhar Prilepin for the excerpt from his novel Sankya, published this year by Dzanc Books and Hungary’s Sándor Jászberényi for The Devil Is A Black Dog, the title story of his soon-to-be published story collection […]

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Russian Lit Week in NYC 2014

Russian Literature Week begins on Monday Dec. 1 in NYC, consisting of live and online events celebrating the translation of contemporary and classic Russian writing. There will be panel discussions, roundtables and readings with leading writers, translators and publishers as well as film screenings focusing on writers from Pushkin to Prilepin. Many of the participants […]

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‘The Devil is a Black Dog’ review in B O D Y

My review of Sándor Jászberényi’s soon-to-be published debut short story collection The Devil is a Black Dog. We have published five of the amazing stories in B O D Y, three of them during this past Sándor Jászberényi Week. So hopefully this review will send you on to the stories and to the book itself, […]

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Sandor Jaszberenyi: Somewhere On The Border

This is the third and last story from Sándor Jászberényi Week in B O D Y and it takes place in Gaza under the benevolent watch of Hamas and the friendly border guards (among other kind souls). It’s called “Somewhere On The Border” and like the others was translated from the Hungarian by M. Henderson […]

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Zakhar Prilepin wins Russia’s Big Book Prize

The ninth annual Big Book Prize has gone to Zakhar Prilepin for his novel The Cloister. He beat out Vladimir Sorokin, who came in second with his novel Tellurium, and Vladimir Sharov, who came in third with Return to Egypt. In an article written when the shortlist was announced about six months ago in Publishing […]

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Sandor Jaszberenyi Week: ‘The Majestic Clouds’

The second of three stories being published in B O D Y this week from Hungarian writer Sándor Jászberényi takes place in a refugee camp on the Sudanese frontier. Read “The Majestic Clouds”, then go and read the book’s title story published yesterday (if you haven’t already) and then follow the links and read the […]

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Sandor Jaszberenyi Week in B O D Y

All this week B O D Y will be presenting the writing and photography of Sándor Jászberényi, whose short story collection The Devil is a Black Dog is coming out December 9 in an English translation by M. Henderson Ellis courtesy of New Europe Books. Today’s selection is the book’s title story, a chilling piece […]

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Igor Sakhnovsky in B O D Y

“– Do you intend to kill someone? – the woman asked. – Quite the opposite. It’s more likely it will be me. – You have nothing to fear. You still have…. And she named a date, hidden in the depths of the next century, and which flooded me with its gust-like piercing chill, like a […]

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Literary roundup: Velvet disillusion and Polish crime

Hungarian writer and foreign correspondent Sándor Jászberényi has an article (subscriber’s only though I managed to read it free the other day) on the death of a Kurdish Peshmerga fighter he had met and the particular significance of her being a woman. It’s a very powerful story and reminiscent of the writing in his story […]

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Aleksandar Gatalica in B O D Y

The death of Rasputin at the hands of a British Secret Service agent – an excerpt a kaleidoscopic book of the First World War, The Great War by Aleksandar Gatalica, translated from the Serbian by Will Firth. Aleksandar Gatalica will be appearing in the UK for four appearances beginning 10th November: Monday, 10th November 18:30: […]

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