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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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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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Mitja Cander in B O D Y

The latest fiction offering in B O D Y’s Spring Issue comes from the debut novel of Slovene writer Mitja Čander, Blind Man, translated by Rawley Grau. Čander is no stranger to the literary world, having been a longtime figure as an editor, publisher, playwright, screenwriter and critic as well as candidate for national chess […]

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European Review of Books

A new magazine is being launched called the European Review of Books, which will be about books and more in English as well as a variety of European languages. They are holding a crowdfunding campaign to support the debut issue. So far they have something of a mission statement among other texts on their website […]

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Andrey Filimonov in B O D Y: fiction/interview

In the opening week of B O D Y’s Spring Issue we hit you with a double dose of Russian writer Andrey Filimonov. First, there’s an exclusive excerpt of the translation from his novel Retsepty sotvoreniya mira (World Creation Recipes), a book that delves into Russia and the writer’s family’s convoluted 20th century with some hallucinogenic […]

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B O D Y: The Spring Issue

The Spring Issue of B O D Y kicks off today with some poetry. I’ll have some fiction from Russia by Andrey Filimonov translated by Richard Coombes and Anne O. Fisher followed by a discussion the two translators had with Filimonov about his work, his influences, growing up in Siberia, Slavic word games and where […]

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Literary roundup: WWB’s Young Russophonia + Rankov interview

Books From Slovakia has a fantastic interview Daniela Balážová held with Slovak writer Pavol Rankov, author of the recently translated It Happened on the First of September. Among many topics Rankov talks about how the different translations deal with all the different languages used in the novel (spoiler: differently) and also talks about the lost multicultural […]

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Nezval in B O D Y

I greet your gliding flight O wings of deathThose who resisted itHave purple facesHave bloodshot eyes like a withering grape leaf – from the latest offering in the Winter 2021 Issue of B O D Y is a poem titled “The Trapdoor”, excerpted from the 1936 work of poet Vítězslav Nezval, Woman in the Plural, […]

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Death of the Artists: Marinetti’s Last Stand

Marinetti was both the Malcolm McLaren and Johnny Rotten of his era, the impresario and figurehead of what was early 20th century punk. He charmed his audience with shock and provocation, telling his Russian hosts that the Kremlin was an absurdity, Tolstoy hypocritical, Dostoevsky hysterical, responded to a question about Russian art by asking if […]

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