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Mission London in New York

Mission London in New York doesn’t sound like the US launch of a Bulgarian novel but that’s exactly what it is, as writer Alek Popov comes to the Bulgarian Consulate in NYC for the official launch of his novel, first published in the UK by Istros Books. The event will be hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning […]

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Ondrej Stefanik in B O D Y

“‘It seems like you’re an unhappy person. Isn’t that true? Learn to be happy in your unhappiness like Alyosha Karamazov,’ says the lunatic. Alyosha Karamazov? Shit, who’s that? His scar-faced accomplice from the Russian mafia?” From Ondrej Štefánik’s short story “Man On A Toilet”, translated from the Slovak by Janet Livingstone. This is the second […]

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Deborah Levy in B O D Y

Author of Man-Booker nominated Swimming Home and Black Vodka: ten stories has just published a book of poetry entitled An Amorous Discourse In The Suburbs Of Hell, an extract of which is the latest read in B O D Y’s UK & Irish Poetry Issue. Levy has a number of UK appearances coming up, including […]

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Seifert 113

In celebration of the 113th birthday of the Nobel Prize–winning Czech poet Jaroslav Seifert there will be an evening devoted to his work in Malkovich Bar in the poet’s old neighborhood of Žižkov. Great poet, great bar – should be good (though if you don’t understand Czech the bar part will be more important as […]

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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: Prague writers + a peasant Don Juan

PEN has announced its 2014 Translation Fund Winners and there are some cool and unusual writers that will be coming into English from this part of the world, and by this part of the world I mean in this case from a few blocks away from where I’m sitting writing this. One of the grants […]

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Cristina Peri Rossi in B O D Y

As Women in Translation Month continues and accompanied by a Q&A with translator Megan Berkobien on Spanish and Catalan women writers B O D Y republishes a bleak, atmospheric story from the archives by Uruguayan-born poet, novelist and short story writer Cristina Peri Rossi. “After Hours” is translated from the Spanish by Megan Berkobien.

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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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Literalab + B O D Y at Croatia’s Lit Link Festival

Lit Link Festival will kick off its second year on August 28, holding events in three Croatian cities over three days and bringing together writers, editors and publishers from Croatia with those from Canada, the UK, the US and The Czech Republic. The Czech is possibly the least Czech person I know, namely, me, and […]

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Anatoly Mariengof: ‘Cynics’ + ‘Novel Without Lies’

In 1928, Imaginist poet Anatoly Mariengof took the daring and risky step of publishing his novel Cynics with the Berlin émigré publishing house Petropolis while himself remaining in The Soviet Union, something which he later had to apologize for. The novel wasn’t published in Russia until 1988. Two years earlier Mariengof had written a novelistic […]

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