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Lit Link Festival – Despite Brexit

Croatia’s Lit Link Festival takes place later this week from June 29 through July 1. With writers and literary editors from the UK as guests together with Croatian writers the festival takes place in three cities in three successive days – Pula on June 29, Rijeka on June 30 and Zagreb on July 1. The […]

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Interview with Spomenka Stimec

Spomenka Štimec, who writes in both her native Croatian as well as Esperanto, recently had her book Croatian War Nocturnal published in an English translation by Sebastian Schulman by Phoneme Media. I conducted an interview with her by way of e-mail and Sebastian Schulman’s translation from Esperanto, where she speaks about beginning to write in […]

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Korana Serdarevic in B O D Y

“…Pieces of dreams: in the morning, as he slept, she’d kiss the middle of his back. She’d walk barefoot, and he would hand her the slippers. He would shovel the snow in front of the door as she looked out the window. They would go to the mountains, rivers, lakes, and seaside. They would never […]

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Spomenka Stimec in B O D Y

“The army wanted my brother to report the next day at nine o’clock. The draft card covered up the ladies with their long skirts at the evening cabaret. France cabarets its nights away. I was born here, where a different program is in store. A mix of fear and bitterness suddenly overwhelmed me and wouldn’t […]

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James Hopkin in B O D Y

“If we all had our middle fingers removed, would there be anything left to say?” This is the opening of “Hipsters at an Exhibition“, a short story by James Hopkin featured this week in Saturday European Fiction. Hopkin is the author of the novel Winter Under Water as well as a book of stories among […]

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Slovak Euro Stars in London

Two Slovak writers whose work is just coming out in English translation will be appearing this Wednesday, May 17 at Waterstones Piccadilly in London. Balla and Ivana Dobrakovová, together with translator Julia Sherwood will participate in conversation with Rosie Goldsmith. Dobrakovová and Balla’s work are both included in the excellent Slovak fiction anthology Into the […]

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Ales Steger in London

On April 23, Slovenian writer Aleš Šteger is appearing at the Sunday Salon in conversation with poet Stephen Watts at Burley Fisher Books in London. The event is taking place to celebrate the publication of the English of Šteger’s novel Absolution (tr. by Urška and Noah Charney) by Istros Books. You can read an excerpt […]

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Ales Steger in B O D Y

“The chauffeur takes off his blindfold and leaves him in front of an unfamiliar villa by a lake. The door opens to a dim living room. Crackling embers in the fireplace. Some twenty masked people, cloaked in black habits. Latin plainsong…” From Absolution by Aleš Šteger, translated from the Slovene by by by Urška Charney […]

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Slovak Fiction Week: fiction anthology review

Into the Spotlight is a soon-to-be-published anthology of contemporary Slovak fiction including writers such as Uršuľa Kovalyk, Pavel Vilikovský, Monika Kompaníková and many more. It was translated by Julia Sherwood and Magdalena Mullek and published by Three String Books (an imprint of Slavica Publishers). You can read my review of this fantastic anthology here. Read […]

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Ondrej Stefanik in B O D Y

“I’m on display here, you fool. I’m wearing my best dress, simple, posh, fresh like fresh fruit, flammable, cling-wrapped to protect it from vagrants, cool like a crouching leopard with taut muscles. And the first words you shoot at me are Hi, Paula, feeling better now? A cheeky question. As inappropriate as the cheap tablecloths with […]

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