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Book World Prague 2015

The Prague book fair is underway and I had to take refuge from the Friday crowds of schoolchildren in my local café, which, as it turns out, is crowded with ...

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European Literature Night 2015

Contemporary European literature will have a night in the spotlight in a multitude (75, as it turns out) of Czech and European cities on Wednesday, May 13, as public readings ...

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Daniela Hodrova In B O D Y

Daniela Hodrová began writing A Kingdom of Souls in 1977 but the book, like the rest of her work, didn’t appear until after the fall of the communist regime in ...

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Richard Weiner in B O D Y

One of the great Czech modernists Richard Weiner has finally been translated ...
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New and Novel

Sometimes in the world of literature in translation when it rains it ...
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Polina Barskova in B O D Y

“Applause to the mosquito – its blood-gorged pitch, Its trembling shadow, threaten ...

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PEN World Voices Festival 2015

The PEN World Voices Festival kicks off in New York City today and though it’s already gotten quite a lot of unintentional publicity due to the protest against awarding Charlie Hebdo the PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Free Expression Courage Award there is a lot else of interest going on, with Africa being the main […]

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Literary Roundup: New (Kundera) Yorker and Bulgarian writing

Milan Kundera’s first novel in 13 years, The Festival of Insignificance, will be published in Linda Asher’s English translation next month and the New Yorker has just published an excerpt, though it’s being promoted as a short story, “The Apologizer”. The novel was published in Italy in 2013 and then in France and Spain. Bulgarian […]

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Hana Andronikova in B O D Y

Hana Andronikova’s novel of a family odyssey beginning in prewar Czechoslovakia and ending up in modern-day North America, with stops in the by turns exotic and horrifying locales of India and Auschwitz won the Czech Magnesia Litera Award in 2002. Now The Sound of the Sundial is finally appearing in English translation edited and adapted […]

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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 stories. Here is Rudnicki on Andersen writing his autobiography, The Fairytales of my Life: “Only the title is honest– everything else is made up. He […]

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Euro Stars in London

This evening at 6:30 GMT four contemporary European writers from across the continent will be in London for the Euro Stars series readings and debates, hosted by journalist Rosie Goldsmith at London’s Europe House. The readers, all EUPL-award winners: Pierre J. Mejlak (Malta) Evie Wyld (England ) Janis Jonevs (Latvia) Çiler İlhan (Turkey) Read some […]

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Slovo Russian Literature Festival

The 6th annual Slovo Russian Literature Festival is underway in London, because with only the book fair going on there is a painful shortage of literary events in the British capital at the moment. The festival was opened by Boris Akunin, who will also be speaking this evening. Two other authors known for their novels […]

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Czech literature beyond the Fantastic Four

If you’re at the London Book Fair today you can attend a discussion this evening on the broader and still broadening scope of contemporary Czech writing with translators Julia Sherwood, Alex Zucker and hosted by editorial director of Words without Borders Susan Harris. Sherwood is the translator of B O D Y’s most recent Saturday […]

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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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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 in order. While the vast majority of writers published come from Central and Eastern Europe, year two has seen the geographical range expand a bit […]

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