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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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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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Book launch: Ferenc Barnás/The Parasite

On May 27, an online book launch will be held from the Hungarian Cultural Centres London and New York for the English translation of The Parasite by Hungarian writer Ferenc Barnás. The event will consist of a discussion between the author and the book’s translator Paul Olchváry, moderated by journalist, author and literary critic Nicholas […]

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Literary roundup: Leo Perutz, spaceman and love

There is an excellent essay entitled “The Forgotten Genius of Leo Perutz” in the LARB by Daniel Polansky on the Prague-born Austrian writer Leo Perutz. He gives a survey of Perutz’s novels and unique sensibility and mix of genres with complicated exploration of issues of identity and nationalism among many other subjects. Add to this […]

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Ludovic Bruckstein stories

For the occassion of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Istros Books is publishing Ludovic Bruckstein’s collection With an Unopened Umbrella in the Pouring Rain, translated from the Romanian by Alistair Ian Blyth. Bookanista has an excerpt from the novel here as well as a review of a pair of novellas published by Istros as The Trap. There […]

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Kundera library returning to Brno

Milan Kundera, together with his wife Věra, have donated the author’s library and archive to the Moravian Library in Brno, Czech Republic. The library has announced that the transfer of books and other materials from the Kundera’s Paris apartment will take place later this fall. Besides numerous international editions of the author’s books, his articles […]

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Slovak Lit in the UK

With the anniversary of the events of 1989 upon us there will be a series of events revolving around contemporary Slovak writing taking place in the UK. Presented under the banner ‘Raising the Velvet Curtain:A journey through contemporary SLOVAK arts’ a series of writers and publications will be presented by translator Julia Sherwood as well […]

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Sozopol Fiction Seminars: application deadline Feb 25

The call for the 12th annual edition of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation’s Sozopol Fiction Seminars is approaching, with five English-language and five Bulgarian-language fellows to be accepted from applicants that send their materials in by February 25. It’s an incredible program in an incredible place, with everything paid except 50% of travel expenses. This year’s […]

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Writing the Balkans’ Holocaust

On Thursday Sept. 27 at Waterstones Nottingham, publisher and translator Susan Curtis of Istros Books will be in conversation with translator Christina Pribićević-Zorić in a discussion titled “The End of the World? How the Balkans writes the Holocaust”. The occasion is the upcoming publication of the novel Doppelgänger by Daša Drndić in mid-October, translated into […]

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J.R. Pick book launch events

With Prague Book World coming up a series of events are being held in conjunction with the English-language publication of J.R. Pick’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a tragicomic novel of a thirteen-year-old Czech boy sent to the Terezín ghetto. On Thursday, May 10th at 6:30 pm, Karolinum Press and The Bubny […]

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