Top 100 Books

The Calvert Journal has compiled a list of 100 books to read from Eastern Europe (also Central Europe) and Central Asia. It’s a fascinating list put together by a wide range of writers, translators, academics coming from a number of different countries and languages besides English.

The list includes a number of books and writers that I’ve published in B O D Y, others I couldn’t have published because their work came out before the magazine existed, and still others whose work dates from before I was born – e.g. a comedy of Catherine the Great, seriously.

Top 100 Novels excerpted in B O D Y include:

Quiet flows the Una by Faruk Šehić, translated by Will Firth

The Good Life Elsewhere by Vladimir Lorchenkov, translated by Ross Ufberg

The Night Circus and Other Stories by Uršula Kovalyk, Translated by Julia and Peter Sherwood (review of, plus a story from here).

The Mountain and the Wall by Alisa Ganieva, translated by Carol Apollonio

Among the writers listed whose other work has appeared in B O D Y are Hamid Ismailov, Dušan Šarotar, and Rumena Bužarovska along with a host of outstanding translators.

I also interviewed author of Zuleikha, Guzel Yakhina, in Literalab here.

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