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Literalab’s Best Books of 2014: ‘The Devil is a Black Dog’

Sándor Jászberényi’s debut story collection came out too late in the year to make it onto any of the prestigious ‘Best of’ lists, many of which were already out before its December publication. Besides, most of the translated writing that made it onto these lists were the books that had already received the most buzz […]

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Jana Juranova in B O D Y

“Beginning in reverie and a nostalgic glance back at the protagonist’s early life and dreams, Jana Juráňová’s Ilona. My Life with the Bard subtly shifts to a tone of gentle and increasingly piercing irony towards Slovakia’s national poet, with moments of almost nightmarish confinement, as it becomes clear that there was a heartlessness at the […]

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Literary roundup: Hispabooks and Belarus Free Theatre

The Literary Saloon pointed my attention to a profile of Hispabooks in El Pais’s Trans-Iberian. The Madrid-based publisher has already put out a fantastic selection of new Spanish writers, including the award-winning Marcos Giralt Torrente’s Paris, which was excerpted in B O D Y earlier this year. Unfortunately, the article brings in the tired “read […]

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Literary roundup: Beginning of the ‘Best of’ lists and Bulgarian translation

It is Best Books of the Year time and The Guardian’s Nicholas Lazard has put together a great best paperbacks of 2014 that includes a Literalab Best Book of a couple years back, when it was a paperback too, but, never mind. The book in question is Seven Terrors by Selvedin Avdić. It also includes […]

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New Literature from Europe 2014

A festival of contemporary European writing in which Literalab and B O D Y are media partners is taking place in New York City this Friday and Saturday, December 5 and 6th. New Literature from Europe 2014 at the Austrian Cultural Forum features nine writers from all across Europe, including the Polish author of Chasing […]

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Russian Lit Week in NYC 2014

Russian Literature Week begins on Monday Dec. 1 in NYC, consisting of live and online events celebrating the translation of contemporary and classic Russian writing. There will be panel discussions, roundtables and readings with leading writers, translators and publishers as well as film screenings focusing on writers from Pushkin to Prilepin. Many of the participants […]

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‘The Devil is a Black Dog’ review in B O D Y

My review of Sándor Jászberényi’s soon-to-be published debut short story collection The Devil is a Black Dog. We have published five of the amazing stories in B O D Y, three of them during this past Sándor Jászberényi Week. So hopefully this review will send you on to the stories and to the book itself, […]

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Zakhar Prilepin wins Russia’s Big Book Prize

The ninth annual Big Book Prize has gone to Zakhar Prilepin for his novel The Cloister. He beat out Vladimir Sorokin, who came in second with his novel Tellurium, and Vladimir Sharov, who came in third with Return to Egypt. In an article written when the shortlist was announced about six months ago in Publishing […]

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Sandor Jaszberenyi Week: ‘The Majestic Clouds’

The second of three stories being published in B O D Y this week from Hungarian writer Sándor Jászberényi takes place in a refugee camp on the Sudanese frontier. Read “The Majestic Clouds”, then go and read the book’s title story published yesterday (if you haven’t already) and then follow the links and read the […]

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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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