Author Archives | literalab

Pawel Soltys in B O D Y

“…with the index finger of my left hand I write in the grime on the windows on the even-numbered side, ‘Yes Vico! No Vice!’, and with my right arm I sweep up the beauties standing on the odd-numbered side and whisper obscenities in their ears. And when I get bored of this, with both hands […]

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Petra Hůlová in B O D Y

Petra Hůlová’s latest novel translated into English (by Alex Zucker) is a provocative dystopian world where “men have been forbidden to be attracted to women on the basis of their bodies”. The Movement – the novel’s title – have opened centers to “reeducate” men, and as the book goes along you realize how the extreme […]

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The Annihilators – in Night Picnic

“And may I ask where the present-day annihilators of your history happen to come from?” Aaron asked with ill-concealed irony.Gregor, in mid-sip, didn’t need to wait to speak to provide an answer. With apologetic eyes peering over the rim of his glass he pointed at the two of us. Seeing this the waiter scurried over […]

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2021 Ruritania Prize – submissions open

The 2021 Ruritania Prize is officially open. Judges are drawn from three major Central and Eastern European cities. We accept English-language fiction from or about Central and Eastern Europe, 4,500 words maximum, with no other limitations on theme. 1st prize is 350 euros and publication in Panel #8. 2nd and 3rd prize are 50 and […]

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White Light – Panel #7

“The carriage begins to pick up speed. I want to lean forward and ask Roman if he’s okay, but when I look out again, I see, for the first time, people in the windows of a villa. They are staring expectantly up at the now pitch-black sky. The speed of the horses alarms their dogs […]

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Panel Issue #7 Launch

This Friday, June 25, Panel magazine will be launching Issue #7 with both a live event at Massolit Books & Café in Budapest as well as an online version for contributors and readers who can’t make it in-person. The reading and festivities runs from 7-9pm local time. I can’t go but Panel editor Duncan Robertson […]

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Literary roundup: Maria Stepanova, Baltic lit in translation and Colum McCann/John Berger

Short notice on this one but at 6pm CET (12 noon EST) the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation series Writers and Influences continues with Irish writer Colum McCann discussing John Berger. The event is free online, you just need to register. The ongoing series continues next week on June 21 with Jeffrey Eugenides on Alice Munro, Henry […]

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Hot Summer of 1968 | Review

“Then there is a veritable panorama of the immediate post-’68 emigration process itself: from the border crossings that, again, resemble neither the dangerous escapes of previous eras nor those that would follow when the regime would seal the border. There are nervous train rides; nostalgic car rides; last looks; and sad goodbyes. There is Vienna, […]

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Panel 7 upcoming

The latest issue of Budapest-based Panel is about to be published, Panel 7, offering the “best fiction, poetry and literary translations from Central and Eastern Europe.” And that will include my short story “White Light”, a tiny excerpt of which illustrates the Facebook announcement. There will be a launch party (details coming soon) as well, […]

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Literary roundup: the wolves of Krasznahorkai, Fabula and a translation tale

Have you ever met a wolf? Not alive. Dead? Dead, yes. Does that mean a stuffed wolf? One stuffed, one run over, one killed. So begins the first part of a fantastic interview with László Krasznahorkai in Hungarian Literature Online in which he talks about everything from the disappearance of high culture, historical shifts and […]

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