Literary roundup: New Bulgarian fiction and a day of Kafka

In conjunction with the publication of Nine Rabbits by Bulgarian writer Virginia Zaharieva, Istros Books is holding a couple of events in London. On September 20 you can listen to the author in conversation with her translator Angela Rodel while the next evening the pair will be joined by Istros publisher Susan Curtis-Kojakovic and Milena Deleva from the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation.

For information and events schedules click here.

To read excerpts from Nine Rabbits click here and here (PDF). An excerpt was also previously published in Absinthe: New European Writing #17: Spotlight on Bulgaria.

Kafka on Broad Street

No, Kafka isn’t going to Philadelphia, but on September 20, Prague’s Franz Kafka Society is holding a day-long program called “Josefov – Open City, or Kafka on Broad Street” (Josefov –otevřené město aneb Kafka v Široké). Široká Street in the Jewish Quarter is where the society is located, and calling it Broad Street shows one of the limits of translation.

The day starts out with films from the society’s archives, though the program doesn’t specify exactly what films. There will be discussions about the Franz Kafka Publishing house and authors Rainer Maria Rilke and Erika Mitterer, an exhibition about Czech writer Karel Poláček presented by organizer Zuzana Brikciusová, a reading by poet Eugen Brikcius, and meetings with young Czech writers and Kafka Society members Marek Šindelka and Radovan Menšík.

The full program (in Czech) can be seen here. All events are free.

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