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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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Slovak Fiction Week in B O D Y

In the last four years B O D Y has published a lucky 13 pieces of Slovak fiction, soon to go up to 14. With short stories and novel excerpts – some now published, others still awaiting publishers for their English translations – we have presented some of the best contemporary Slovak writers, including Pavel […]

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B O D Y’s Slovak Fiction Week: Dusan Mitana

In 1965 Dušan Mitana published the short story “On a Tram” (V električke) in the Slovak literary journal Mladá tvorba, which tells of a passing erotic encounter between two strangers on a tram. After it was published 12 different women contacted the author claiming to have been the woman in the story. Thirty-six years later […]

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Bohuslav Reynek in B O D Y

Bohuslav Reynek (1892 – 1971) was one of the giants of 20th century Czech poetry and Karolinum press is making an extensive selection of his work available in English in a translation by Justin Quinn titled The Well at Morning: Selected Poems, 1925–1971. You can read two of those poems in B O D Y […]

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Words Without Borders: New Bulgarian Literature

The latest issue of Words Without Borders is devoted to contemporary Bulgarian writing, brought to you by director of the Bulgarian National Book Center Svetlozar Zhelev and translator extraordinaire Angela Rodel. They kick off the issue with a baseball-cap worthy-title essay “Making Bulgaria Great Again” where the case is made for culture being worth saving […]

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Uzi Weil in B O D Y

What happens when a stalker, a Russian mobster, a heroin dealer and possibly former terrorist, and a cop who knows his way around the underworld enter the life of a perfectly ordinary and innocent single mom in Tel Aviv? Quite a lot, actually. For the specifics, you’ll have to read “Israel, 2014” by Israeli writer […]

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Balkan women writers

At Literary Hub, B O D Y-favorite translator Will Firth has compiled a list of 10 books by women writers from the Balkans that he’d like to see in translated into English. As he points out in his introduction, there are very few books in translation and of these, only about 25% are by women […]

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B O D Y’s Czech issue

November at B O D Y has been full of contemporary Czech writing brought to you by guest editor Jan Zikmund. It’s impossible to mention everyone here but there’s been poetry by Jiří Kolář, Ivan Wernisch, Tereza Riedlbauchová, Pavel Šrut and Olga Pek among many others. There were short stories by Jan Balabán and Magdaléna […]

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The Missing Slate: Central European Issue

“When a North American or British writer wants to write about new empires that come out of nowhere brandishing stark and memorable symbols, of vanquished homelands and cities made unrecognizable by war, he or she is likely writing a fantasy or science-fiction book. For a Central European writer they need look no further than their […]

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Olga Zilberbourg in B O D Y

“But Pushkin’s birthday in June came and went, and soon enough New Year’s was coming up, and I still hadn’t heard anything. I had to admit I’d fallen for a scam. It was too late to do anything but laugh.” From Russian-American writer Olga Zilberbourg’s great short story in B O D Y “What Goes […]

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