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Literary roundup: Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky + Modernist mags

Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading this week is a story by the great Russian writer Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky entitled “The Unbitten Elbow”. Translated by Joanne Turnbull, who also provides a brief introduction, the story comes at the recommendation of The PEN Literary Awards. Not much more needs to be said about it than what Turnbull says in […]

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Literary roundup: Bosnian and Hungarian fiction + Gombrowicz in pictures

The Missing Slate has a host of Central European fare just out. Their story of the week is “How We Killed The Sailor” by Alma Lazarevska, translated from the Bosnian by Celia Hawkesworth. It comes from Lazarevska’s collection Death in the Museum of Modern Art recently published by Istros Books, a book of short stories […]

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Anna Akhmatova in B O D Y

As Women in Translation Month continues and following the recent Q&A with Natasha Perova of Glas on contemporary Russian women fiction writers B O D Y brings you some translations of the great 20th century Russian poet Anna Andreyevna Gorenko, who wrote under the name Anna Akhmatova. Selections from “Wild Honey is a Smell of […]

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Nora Iuga in B O D Y

It’s Women in Translation Month and who better to represent it than an 83-year old author of a novel entitled The Sixty-Year-Old Woman And The Young Man? And to top it off, this excerpt, pulled out of the B O D Y archives for the occasion in a translation from the Romanian by Floran Bican, […]

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Polina Barskova in B O D Y

As part of Women in Translation Month, B O D Y is presenting a selection of some of the best women poets and fiction writers whose work we’ve published in English translation over the past couple years. Today it is the poem “Manuscript Found By Natasha Rostova During The Fire” by Polina Barskova, translated from […]

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Women in Translation Month in B O D Y

B O D Y is taking a short summer hiatus (two weeks, calm down!) but is taking advantage of the fact that August is Women in Translation Month to give readers the chance to look back at a few of the many women writers whose translated work we’ve published over the past couple years, some […]

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Literary roundup: Book jacketmania and Ukraine’s fragmented reality

Major magazines aren’t usually littered with articles about publishing associate art directors but the past couple days Hollywood stars and other celebrities have had to take a back seat to the man who holds that position at Alfred A. Knopf, designing book jackets for new editions of Kafka, a new translation of Doctor Zhivago, Cortazar’s […]

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Literary roundup: War, fresh flesh and otherworldly poppy-blossoms

It isn’t only our own time filled with war and conflict. As the anniversary of the joyful and welcomed (by many) beginning of World War I is upon us, The New York Review of Books is republishing a recently discovered memoir of the war by Béla Zombory-Moldován entitled The Burning of the World in a […]

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Literary roundup: New Asymptote and Polish émigré writers

The latest issue of Asymptote is out with an awesome Latin America Fiction Feature, including work by Sergio Chejfec, Cristina Peri Rossi, Lina Meruane and Julián Herbert as well as an essay by César Aira on Osvaldo Lamborghini. The esteemed translators bringing this work into English include many who have worked with B O D […]

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Literary Roundup: The dangers of books+alcohol

In an age when we are being bombarded by articles about the end of reading and how today’s uncultivated youth only play violent video games, surf the web, mindlessly tap on the iPads and do other things that I can’t even identify it’s positively heartening to read something that starts off like this: “It would […]

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