Tag Archives: Franz Werfel

Werfel in new ‘Review of Contemporary Fiction’

The Dalkey Archive Press has just published the Review of Contemporary Fiction: The Future of British Fiction. This is the Fall 2012 issue but don’t worry, it doesn’t mean that we now have months and months of cold weather in front of us (at least I hope it doesn’t). As usual, if you want to […]

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Literalab’s Best Books of 2012

Looking at the list of my top 10 books from 2012,  plus an added three from 2011 and two from even earlier, I can’t help noticing that besides the geographical commonality (they’re all by writers from Central and Eastern Europe except the Chilean Carlos Cerda, though even he was writing about being in exile in […]

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Prague German Writers: Franz Werfel

And Werfel’s friendship with another Prague German writer named Franz From the time his first book of poetry Friend of the World was published to great success and acclaim when he was 21 until his death 34 years later in exile in Los Angeles, Franz Werfel didn’t need to have his name brought to readers’ […]

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Prague German Writers: German Literature Month

An introductory guest post at Beauty is a Sleeping Cat November is German Literature Month and there has already been a lot going on at blogs such as Beauty is a Sleeping Cat. The first part of my own contribution went up as a guest post on that excellent blog as an introduction to the […]

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Prague’s Forgotten German Writers (Besides Kafka…)

Prague German Writers – Exhibition An article on the exhibition “The Cabinet of Prague German Writers” at Prague Literary House (Prager Literatur Haus) devoted to the Czech capital’s rich and widely unknown German-language literary milieu. Read the full article at Readux More on Prague’s German-language writers upcoming on literalab and elsewhere, including reviews of recently […]

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Yerevan to begin year as World Book Capital

The baton of UNESCO’s World Book Capital will be passed from Buenos Aires to Yerevan starting April 21. The Armenian capital is an interesting selection because while an Argentine newspaper decided to publish a series of articles last year titled “Beyond Borges,” Armenia doesn’t have such a well-known international celebrity overshadowing their other writers. That […]

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Letters from a distant Prague

Helen Epstein was not even a year old in the summer of 1948 when her father decided to take his family away from Czechoslovakia for a new life in the US. Having survived the Nazi concentration camps, he was unwilling to endure life under communism. Growing up in New York’s Czech émigré community, Epstein retained […]

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The revival of Franz Werfel

I’m not sure where on the scale of literary ambitions getting your face on a postage stamp should be ranked, but Prague-born writer Franz Werfel has just achieved this distinction. I have to admit to never having read a word Werfel wrote, though I have read a lot about him over the years. Last summer […]

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Prague cafés retain splendor of another age

“When the great actor Norinski entered the National Café, which is located in front of Prague’s Czech Theater, at three o’clock in the afternoon, he started a little – but then immediately smiled his most disdainful smile.” This is the opening line of the short story “King Bohush” by the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, in […]

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