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Literary Roundup: Nelly Sachs, EUPL Prize and Sorokin on Putin

The nominees for the 2022 European Union Prize for Literature have been announced. The award is changing this year, with the jury choosing a single overall winner rather than one from each country. There are 14 nominees this year ranging from Ukraine and Georgia to Ireland and Spain. Among the selected writers is Slovakia’s Richard […]

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Daša Drndić in B O D Y

“There was fascism, there was communism and the bugbears of communism. Now, there is, supposedly, none of that, and all the filth of those times has been swept under the carpet.” – from Canzone di Guerra by Daša Drndić, translated from the Croatian by Celia Hawkesworth. B O D Y’s Winter Issue rolls on with […]

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Duncan Robertson in B O D Y

“One of those things most difficult to convey about the special conditions in which we lived was the visegradišag: that everything, buying bread, recycling, riding the tram, came with a surreal associated cost that was impossible to anticipate and could range in consequence from mild discomfort to soul-shattering alienation, forcing you to withdraw from the […]

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Tatiana Tîbuleac in B O D Y

“I would say that it is difficult to forget a language that you learned as a child, even if you learned it by force. A language in which you know all the games, the stories and songs. A language in which you made your first friends and have fond memories. It is possible, but it […]

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Marina Porras in B O D Y

“Of all the sins, I liked envy best because it seemed the most dangerous. The others were more obvious: lust compels you to possess; pride, to act superior; greed, to hoard money; sloth, to do nothing; wrath, to attack; gluttony, to eat. Envy compels you to desire without consummation. It is an empty, unending sin…” […]

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Elena Alexieva in B O D Y

“The woman walked across the terrace, sat at the table in the dining room, put the bird in her lap, and waited. There was probably something smarter one was supposed to do in such cases, but she didn’t know what it was. She’d heard that when a horse broke its leg, it always got shot. […]

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Alan Bilton in B O D Y

As B O D Y’s Winter Issue continues, we bring you an interview with British writer Alan Bilton speaking about his latest novel The End of the Yellow House, the influence of Russian literature and much more. It’s a truly fantastic novel that offers a vivid, deep and darkly surreal look at the chaotic and […]

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Marek Sindelka in B O D Y

The opener of B O D Y’s Winter Issue in 2022 is an amazing short story “The Relay” by the author of Aberrant, Marek Šindelka, translated from the Czech by Graeme Dibble. The story comes from Šindelka’s 2014 collection Mapa Anny (A Map of Ann). Read the story here Read my interview with Šindelka in […]

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B O D Y Winter Issue 2022

The Winter Issue of B O D Y will be published throughout February and has an even more European, literature-in-translation focus than usual. There will be fiction, poetry and interviews ranging from Wales to Moldova and Croatia. Tune in tomorrow for a newly translated short story by the author of Aberrant, Marek Šindelka. Read more […]

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Interview: Petra Hůlová – Transitions

Czech writer Petra Hůlová recently published her novel The Movement in an English translation by Alex Zucker. I took the occasion to ask her about the origins of the book, the critical reaction to the oppressive feminist dystopia she imagined and what distinguishes it from the staples of the genre like, The Handmaid’s Tale, among […]

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