Literary roundup: New Asymptote and Polish émigré writers

The latest issue of Asymptote is out with an awesome Latin America Fiction Feature, including work by Sergio Chejfec, Cristina Peri Rossi, Lina Meruane and Julián Herbert as well as an essay by César Aira on Osvaldo Lamborghini. The esteemed translators bringing this work into English include many who have worked with B O D Y, such as Adrian West, Megan McDowell as well as Meg Berkobien, who continues to translate and champion Peri Rossi’s fiction.

On the Central and Eastern European front there is fiction from Bosnia and Hungary as well as Romanian, Lithuanian and Polish poetry, not to mention loads of other great stuff.

Read the issue here

Poles writing abroad has an article on “The Return of Polish Émigré Literature” that runs from classics written by historic greats like Adam Mickiewicz and Zygmunt Krasiński to my personal hero, Witold Gombrowicz, to a slew of modern masters and the recently and belatedly translated into English (and soon to appear in B O D Y) Marek Hłasko to Polish émigré works of the 21st century.

Witold Gombrowicz

Witold Gombrowicz

It’s an intriguing list with a lot of varied settings and subjects (e.g. – Hubert Klimko-Dobrzaniecki, twice published in B O D Y, has a book set in Iceland, Grażyna Plebanek has an erotic novel set in Belgium and others set in Sweden, the UK, US and Ireland, along with the awesomely covered Afrykańska elektronika by Jan Krasnowolski (As someone who judges books by their covers, I plan on reading this).


Photo – The Sleepover by Hiba Schahbaz in Asymptote

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