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B O D Y’s Prose Poem issue: Petr Borkovec

B O D Y will devote the month of June to the prose poem, with today’s work being Brief Bio For The Bereaved by Petr Borkovec, translated from the Czech by Justin Quinn. To read the introduction to the issue and an ongoing list of prose poems throughout the month click here.

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Jose Alcantara Almanzar in B O D Y

“Enthralled by a splendid fantasy she could not entirely understand, Gina let herself fall into the chair offered by the queen. It was then that she felt the sovereign’s heavy breathing. Gina put up with the smoky, alcohol breath; viewed up close the bleached, ghostly skin; the metallic glitter that decorated the eyelids; the scarlet […]

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Stefan Boskovic in B O D Y

“You leave Fitting Room no. 5 and drift tiredly down the dark corridor, and in your reflection you watch the shining of your shimmery scales beneath the dim gleam of the neon lights. A hazy sign high on the walls at the side leads you on toward the luxurious center. You travel like an illuminated […]

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Kusama Yayoi: Pop Goes The Disease

“Since preadolescence, Kusama has sourced inspiration from her waking nightmares. She suffers from rijinshou 離人症, which could be literally translated as “separate person symptom” (the first kanji is used in the Japanese words for “to separate” and “divorce”). In English it is usually rendered as depersonalization. Even the hallucinations it spurs in her are picturesque, […]

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Agnesa Kalinova in B O D Y

Fifty years ago, Warsaw Pact troops invaded Czechoslovakia, crushing the liberalization of the Prague Spring. What people today know about the consequences of this usually comes from images on the streets of Prague and from the lives of internationally-known Czech intellectuals like Václav Havel and Milan Kundera. This second excerpt from journalist and translator Agneša […]

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Yury Kazarnovsky in B O D Y

In 1927, Russian poet Yury Kazarnovsky was arrested along with 11 other students as part of what the Soviet authorities considered a subversive literary circle and was sent to the Solovki prison camp, generally considered the first Gulag. Despite its brutal hardships the camp had a cultural and intellectual life, among which is the literary […]

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Interview with Aleksandar Gatalica

Serbian Fiction Week gets some context with an interview with novelist and translator from Ancient Greek Aleksander Gatalica, whose novel The Great War was excerpted in B O D Y back when it was published in 2014 in a translation by Will Firth. Gatalica talks about contemporary Serbian writers and the different generations, makes some […]

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Serbian Fiction Week: Dana Todorovic in B O D Y

From The Tragic Fate of Moritz Tóth by Dana Todorović, translated by the author, as Serbian Fiction Week continues at B O D Y. This excerpt shows one of the twin narratives of the novel which pairs the story of a punk rocker, Moritz, who works as a prompter at the Budapest Opera, with that […]

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Serbian fiction in B O D Y

It’s Serbian Fiction Week in B O D Y so a good time to point out the Serbian writers who have already appeared in the magazine over the years. There was an excerpt from Aleksandar Gatalica’s novel The Great War translated by Will Firth. An interview with Gatalica will appear in B O D Y […]

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Serbian Fiction Week: Mirjana Novakovic in B O D Y

The Turks are closing in on Belgrade but the regent appointed by the Hapsburgs is preoccupied with more threatening and elusive foes – vampires. And not only the regent. Count Otto van Hausberg, the novel’s main narrator has come to Serbia to see if the bloody rumors are true. He’s terrified and yet he also […]

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