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Interview with Guzel Yakhina

In 2015 a new and far from typical star arrived on the Russian literary scene. Guzel Yakhina won multiple literary prizes for her debut novel Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes, including the Big Book Award and the Yasnaya Polyana Literary Prize. Yakhina was born in Kazan, Tatarstan (a semi-autonomous Russian republic) and her novel tells the […]

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Mirka Szychowiak in B O D Y

“Come, precious ones, let’s cry together before I go. I will be back with you as soon as I can. No, I won’t stay; they don’t want me here anymore. Władzia, dear, keep the peace, won’t you? Don’t let anybody hit Zosia. And please don’t fight amongst yourselves. I will miss you too…” From the […]

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Moscow International Book Fair

The 29th International Moscow International Book Fair (MIBF) took place last week from Sept 7-11 and Literalab was there, meeting with authors, publishers, booksellers and other assorted book people. Recently installed head of the fair, Sergey Kaykin, said that attempts have been made to make the fair more dynamic to combat lowering attendance. He also […]

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Marie Sizun in B O D Y

Another work of French writing in Saturday European Fiction with the debut of Marie Sizun in English as her novel Her Father’s Daughter is about to be published by Peirine Press in a translation by Adriana Hunter. Marie Sizun wrote her first novel at 65 years old and has gone on to publish seven more […]

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Literary roundup: International Man Booker + Teffi

The Vegetarian by Han Kang has awarded the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. The novel was translated into English by Deborah Smith and published by Portobello Books. The author and translator are each awarded a prize of £25,000 as well as a trophy. If you haven’t read this novel yet you absolutely should. It’s amazing. […]

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Book Festival Budapest

  The 23rd Book Festival Budapest begins today with neighboring Slovakia as the guest of honor. Many authors who have appeared in B O D Y and Literalab will be present, including Uršula Kovalyk, Viťo Staviarsky, Pavel Vilikovský, Jana Juráňová and Slovak translator Julia Sherwood. The festival includes a First Novel festival comprising 16 European […]

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Jean-Luc Godard in B O D Y

  “…then the day when I will have seen the world once again robust held fast like the two parts of a belt buckle the word Russia and the word happiness I will really be ready to die…” From Phrases: Six Films by Jean-Luc Godard, translated from the French by Stuart Kendall. The book, to […]

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Faruk Sehic in B O D Y

“I killed several individual enemies in hand-to-hand combat, so now my fellow townspeople avoid me, and when I walk down the street everyone crosses to the other side. I can just smell their fear. It reeks of loathing, of Hegel and Kant, of the universal sense of human life and of so-called human kindness; all […]

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Mirka Szychowiak in B O D Y

“Kitchen full of black aunties sighed, outraged with Grandma’s lack of respect for the written word and the bloody stamp in the corner of the page. Nobody questioned the war death. She was the only one who put her foot down.” From the short story “Tola” by poet and short story writer Mirka Szychowiak, translated […]

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Literary roundup: A time of fear, Russian litweek and Zagreb Noir

2015 Nobel Prize for literature winner Svetlana Alexievich gave her speech (available in a translation by Jamey Gambrell) a couple days ago in Stockholm and like her books it was a mix of her present reflections, witness testimonies as well as her diary entries stretching from 1980 to 1997. Her conclusions aren’t very cheerful, but […]

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