Literalab got its start in December 2010 as a blog written by Michael Stein for the Prague-based magazine he then worked for. Now cast off into the world together the blog and its blogger appear here in a new format – offering news, book reviews, interviews and assorted essays from the occasionally absurd but always stimulating Central and Eastern European world of writing.

Michael Stein is a writer and journalist based in the Czech Republic and has published short stories and journalism with a number of European and American magazines. He runs a website on Central European writing called Literalab and has written for literary journals such as Asymptote and the The Review of Contemporary Fiction. He is an editor at the Prague-based journal B O D Y and runs the Saturday European Fiction series. His own fiction has been published in The Missing Slate and McSweeney’s among other magazines.


To contact literalab e-mail: michael@literalab.com.

14 Comments on “About”

  1. 05/09/2011 at 1:40 pm #

    Really like the new website design, Michael. Keep up the good work.

  2. 05/09/2011 at 2:17 pm #

    Thanks James – are you back in Dublin?

  3. 29/12/2011 at 4:54 pm #

    I really enjoy all of your posts. Even though the NYRB is doing a good job with publishing books in translation of central/eastern European writers, the literary world in the States is definitely deficient in novels from this part of the world. Thank you again for sharing all of this information on your blog!

  4. The Tripping Pencil
    31/07/2012 at 6:19 am #

    I look forward to following you. This blog has such a great focus.

  5. 31/07/2012 at 9:51 am #

    Thanks a lot

  6. 07/05/2013 at 10:29 pm #

    Great work, Michael!!

  7. 10/05/2013 at 12:51 am #

    Thanks a lot, Milena.

  8. 12/05/2013 at 6:09 pm #

    I just came across your blog and I’m in awe of how beautiful this site is. I’m looking forward to finding out more about your creative world. Thank you. Michele

  9. 15/05/2013 at 3:50 pm #

    Thanks a lot Michele. I loved your site too and would love to learn more about your films and other creative ventures. cheers, Michael

  10. Belinda King
    02/07/2013 at 6:27 am #

    I read your article about Burkhart List’s search for lost art in a cave on Germany. That was a year ago. I can’t find any information about the search. Did it take place? Did they find anything? Thanks.

  11. 02/07/2013 at 11:12 pm #

    Sorry, I have no idea and haven’t seen anything further about it either.

  12. 05/01/2014 at 8:41 am #

    Thank you for this great blog. Keep writing it!

  13. 06/01/2014 at 8:13 pm #


  14. 04/05/2014 at 12:17 am #

    Angelus Central Europe Literary Award. New page. http://www.angelus.com.pl

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