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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 slightly older schoolchildren trying to look even older through chain-smoking and midafternoon glasses of wine. Book World Prague 2015’s Guest of Honor is Egypt and […]

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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 will be taking place from a wide variety of works and in an assortment of interesting locations for European Literature Night 2015. The project originated […]

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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 1991. In 2012, Hodrová was awarded the prestigious Franz Kafka Prize, which had previously been awarded to the likes of Philip Roth, Haruki Murakami and […]

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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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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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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 about his recently published book Wandering Jew: The Search for Joseph Roth, in which he follows the geographical trail of the constantly moving writer from […]

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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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