Daniel Majling in B O D Y

“I would have forgotten this story if, about a year later, I hadn’t read a newspaper report about a lorry apprehended by the customs police in Vyšné Nemecké, at the border crossing between Slovakia and Ukraine. It is a place where customs officers frequently come across lorries that carry cheap, Chinese-made copies of branded clothes (adidad, nikhe) but this time instead of fake clothes or perfumes the lorries contained books. Dostojevzski, Tolsztoi, Toorgenef – cheap imitations of lasting literary value for those who can’t afford to read real Russian classics because these are too demanding.”

– from the introduction to Rushian Clashics.

Saturday European Fiction brings you one of Slovak writer Daniel Majling’s mock Russian stories as well as the Introduction to the collection, translated into English by Julia and Peter Sherwood. Ruzká klazika (2017, Rushian Clashics), was voted Book of the Year in Slovakia and was shortlisted for the country’s most prestigious literary prize, Anasoft Litera, also winning its reader’s prize.

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