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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 a mix of her present reflections, witness testimonies as well as her diary entries stretching from 1980 to 1997. Her conclusions aren’t very cheerful, but […]

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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 poetry by Jiří Kolář, Ivan Wernisch, Tereza Riedlbauchová, Pavel Šrut and Olga Pek among many others. There were short stories by Jan Balabán and Magdaléna […]

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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 literary output is all the more impressive considering he died at the age of 49. There is next to nothing of Balabán’s work available in […]

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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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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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