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Kafka’s Konundrum

A new selection of some of Kafka’s short prose is being published by Archipelago in a translation by Peter Wortsman. Titled Konundrum: Selected Prose of Franz Kafka, the book comprises stories, journals and letters, as well as including “The Transformation”, more commonly known as “The Metamorphosis”. The book is coming out Oct 18. On Oct […]

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‘The Absolute Gravedigger’ by Vítezslav Nezval

On Sept 29 there will be a book launch for The Absolute Gravedigger by Vítězslav Nezval, translated into English by Stephan Delbos and Tereza Novická and published by Twisted Spoon Press. The great Czech poet published the book in 1937 and is considered one of the masterpieces of interwar surrealism. Novická and Delbos received a […]

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Transylvanian Book Festival

The Transylvanian Book Festival will take place for the second time from September 8 – 11 in the Romanian village of Richis. The festival is bringing together an assortment of Romanian and international writers, historians, musicians and other cultural figures to take part in a program focusing on the region. Guests at the festival include […]

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Balkan women writers

At Literary Hub, B O D Y-favorite translator Will Firth has compiled a list of 10 books by women writers from the Balkans that he’d like to see in translated into English. As he points out in his introduction, there are very few books in translation and of these, only about 25% are by women […]

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Jedlicka in B O D Y

Midway Upon the Journey of Our Life by Josef Jedlička, written between 1954 and 1957, might seem, on the surface, like a novel an English-language reader has some experience of. After all, Kundera and Hrabal have written of the Stalinist 50s – (Hrabal-readers most recently being granted access to his short stories from the 50s […]

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Lukas Luk in B O D Y

Lukáš Luk’s novel Honey Thieves will be out in Slovak shortly but B O D Y has already brought you a short excerpt from this story of two brothers who gather honey in the forests of the newly Christian Kingdom of Hungary. It was translated from the Slovak by Magdalena Mullek. Read more Saturday European […]

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Sándor Jászberényi in NYC

The author of the fantastic book of short stories The Devil Is A Black Dog, Sándor Jászberényi is appearing in New York tonight at Manhattan’s Hungarian bookstore on the Lower East Side. It is one of the Hungarian writer’s readings in his current US tour. You can read numerous stories from the book in B […]

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Innocence in Prague

Alex Zucker, translator of Innocence; or, Murder on Steep Street, the newly released crime novel by Heda Margolius Kovály, will be appearing this evening Oct 5 at 7pm at the Globe bookstore and cafe for a reading and conversation about the book. Innocence is a thriller set in 1950s Communist Czechoslovakia and was published in […]

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PEN’s World Bookshelf

English PEN is running a competition for the best book its supported through its Writers in Translation programme. Among these is Witold Szabłowski’s The Assassin from Apricot City translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. The book about Turkey, migrants, people smuggling and much more was excerpted in B O D Y when it was […]

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Celebrating a lost Czech novel

On June 18 New York’s Czech Center will be hosting the release of Heda Margolius Kovály’s novel, Innocence; or, Murder on Steep Street. Heda Margolius Kovály (1919-2010) is most famous for her memoir Under A Cruel Star – A Life in Prague 1941–1968 but in 1985 she wrote her crime novel, finally translated this year […]

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