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Ales Steger in B O D Y

“The chauffeur takes off his blindfold and leaves him in front of an unfamiliar villa by a lake. The door opens to a dim living room. Crackling embers in the fireplace. Some twenty masked people, cloaked in black habits. Latin plainsong…” From Absolution by Aleš Šteger, translated from the Slovene by by by Urška Charney […]

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Slovak Fiction Week: fiction anthology review

Into the Spotlight is a soon-to-be-published anthology of contemporary Slovak fiction including writers such as Uršuľa Kovalyk, Pavel Vilikovský, Monika Kompaníková and many more. It was translated by Julia Sherwood and Magdalena Mullek and published by Three String Books (an imprint of Slavica Publishers). You can read my review of this fantastic anthology here. Read […]

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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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Tea Tulic in B O D Y

“They say that when people jump from their own – or someone else’s – windows and balconies, they first take off their socks, shoes, trainers, slippers. They jump barefoot. With their hangnails, corns and hard heels. They go to join their barefoot ancestors.” From the absolutely unique and brilliant award-winning Hair Everywhere by Tea Tulić, […]

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Israel Centeno in B O D Y

While more contemporary Latin American writers have found their way into English translation following the Bolaño phenomenon there are still major talents without a toe let alone a foot in the door and major blank spaces on the map. This brings us to Venezuelan writer Israel Centeno, whose work Aurelio Major, co-founding editor of Granta […]

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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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Ricarda Huch in B O D Y

An epistolary novel set in Russia at the beginning of the 20th century, a psychological thriller of love and assassination, Ricarda Huch’s work is virtually unknown in the english-speaking world despite her high-standing in the Germany of her time – Thomas Mann called her the “First Lady of Europe” while Hitler and Goebbels sent her […]

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James Hopkin in Prague

British writer James Hopkin, currently the UNESCO writer-in-residence in Prague, will be reading from his work on Tuesday, Feb 21 at 7pm at the Malá vila Památníku národního písemnictví, which is located in Prague 6 at Pelléova 20. There will be Czech translations done by Lucie Mikolajková that will be read by actor Ivo Šorman. […]

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Ilija Durovic in B O D Y

“Milena and I didn’t like dogs. The fierce, powerful creatures in our suburb, Zabjelo, always scared us. We believed they could bite a person to death. But Milena’s death was different. It went roughly like this: …” And so goes the warped twists and turns of Montenegrin writer Ilija Đurović’s short story “Parts of Town“, […]

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Daniil Kharms in B O D Y

Two short pieces by Daniil Kharms from the mid-1930’s translated by Alexander Cigale, one about an invasive cuckoo bird among other things, the other miraculously seeming to foreshadow every hipster’s worst nightmare scenario. You can also go back to the last installment of Saturday European Fiction for more Kharms. Read more Saturday European Fiction

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