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Dasa Drndic in B O D Y

The world lost a major writer when Daša Drndić passed away earlier this year. The author of Trieste, Belladonna and Leica Format, all available in English translation, is still seeing her work coming out in English with the soon-to-be-published Doppelgänger coming out from Istros Books in a translation by Celia Hawkesworth and Susan Curtis. Read […]

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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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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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Pavel Vilikovsky in B O D Y

For the second time an excerpt a novel of one of the pre-eminent Slovak writers, Pavel Vilikovský, has appeared in B O D Y’s Saturday European Fiction, with this excerpt from Fleeting Snow, published by Istros Books in a translation by Julia and Peter Sherwood. This will be the first work published by Vilikovský in […]

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Éva Péterfy-Novák in B O D Y

Part of Éva Péterfy-Novák’s story of love, deception and betrayal, “Moscow”, was featured in B O D Y’s Hungarian Fiction Week recently and now you can read the second part – “Moscow II” – meaning, lots more deception and betrayal without the love. If you haven’t read the first part, then do that before you […]

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Pavol Rankov in B O D Y

“So what happened to Uncle Ivan and Aunt Eva?” “I didn’t find out about that until later, from my parents. The house had burned to the ground that night. Their burnt bodies were found in the ashes.” “And had they been,” I hesitated before saying the word, “murdered?” – from Places That Are Not on […]

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Alex Cigale on Mariengof

Translator Alex Cigale has spent years working on bringing the “lyrical excesses” of Anatoly Mariengof’s Russian prose from his 1928 novella Cynics into English. In the latest Saturday European Fiction in B O D Y he offered up a sample of some of Mariengof’s shorter prose in “Aphorisms, Anecdotes, And Other Literary Trifles” and now […]

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Anatoly Mariengof in B O D Y

“Of all things, I am most likely an epicurean. ‘Death has no bearing on us,’ Epicurus had said, “For when we exist, death is not yet present, and when death is present, then we no longer exist.” And that is, roughly speaking, also my attitude toward ‘non-existence’ (to use the euphemistic philosophical term). But, when […]

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Hungarian Fiction Week in B O D Y

All this week B O D Y is featuring newly translated Hungarian fiction, starting with Sándor Jászberényi’s story, “Banana Split“, of a lurid, drunken, drugged night in Cairo that veers into the borders between the hallucinatory and magical realism. Then there’s the excerpt from Vilmos Csányi’s novel The Scent of Perfection, in which a young […]

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Balla in B O D Y

“The writer bought a literary magazine, leafed through it, and was gratified: he hadn’t submitted anything and none of his work had been published. A few weeks later the annual nominations for the national literary prize were announced: to his relief, he wasn’t nominated…” So begins Balla’s short story “Paper Planes“, translated from the Slovak […]

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