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Bianca Bellová

“And this handsome but utterly stupid young man, who had never had to deny himself an eighth dumpling in his life and was playing at being a committed left-winger, even taking the liberty of professing a kind of ideological solidarity with her, he wasn’t even capable of finding out the most basic information about her […]

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Karel Šebek in B O D Y

I write to keep the train on course to crush meit’ll happen on a morning no less beautiful than thishands latticed in love like jailbars shall adorn every windowI am seeking death her silver in every living momentwords piled like cadaversa death camp of happiness – from an untitled poem by Karel Šebek, translated from […]

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Visegrad: A Novel; The Prague Reading

On May 4, Duncan Robertson will be appearing at Shakespeare and Sons bookstore and cafe to read from his newly published novel Visegrad. I will be hosting the event – in the sense that I’ll introduce and do a Q&A with Duncan, not that I live in a bookstore. Visegrad is the picaresque journey of […]

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End of the World Diary, Pt. II – Natalia Klyuchareva

Translated from the Russian by Mariya Gusev #end_of_the_world_diary I read the news that Putin put nuclear weapons on high alert, decided to enjoy life for the last time, went to a coffee shop, drank a mango sea buckthorn smoothie. It was very tasty. At a nearby table, two blondes with oversized lips are arguing with […]

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End of the World Diary, Pt. I – Natalia Klyuchareva

Translated from the Russian by Mariya Gusev Throughout this week, which will close out the first month of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Literalab will publish the writing of Natalia Klyuchareva. “The End of the World Diary” recounts her reactions during the war’s opening week. “March 6” tells about her experience attending an anti-war rally. […]

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Literary Roundup: Nelly Sachs, EUPL Prize and Sorokin on Putin

The nominees for the 2022 European Union Prize for Literature have been announced. The award is changing this year, with the jury choosing a single overall winner rather than one from each country. There are 14 nominees this year ranging from Ukraine and Georgia to Ireland and Spain. Among the selected writers is Slovakia’s Richard […]

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Duncan Robertson in B O D Y

“One of those things most difficult to convey about the special conditions in which we lived was the visegradišag: that everything, buying bread, recycling, riding the tram, came with a surreal associated cost that was impossible to anticipate and could range in consequence from mild discomfort to soul-shattering alienation, forcing you to withdraw from the […]

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Tatiana Tîbuleac in B O D Y

“I would say that it is difficult to forget a language that you learned as a child, even if you learned it by force. A language in which you know all the games, the stories and songs. A language in which you made your first friends and have fond memories. It is possible, but it […]

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Alan Bilton in B O D Y

As B O D Y’s Winter Issue continues, we bring you an interview with British writer Alan Bilton speaking about his latest novel The End of the Yellow House, the influence of Russian literature and much more. It’s a truly fantastic novel that offers a vivid, deep and darkly surreal look at the chaotic and […]

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Marek Sindelka in B O D Y

The opener of B O D Y’s Winter Issue in 2022 is an amazing short story “The Relay” by the author of Aberrant, Marek Šindelka, translated from the Czech by Graeme Dibble. The story comes from Šindelka’s 2014 collection Mapa Anny (A Map of Ann). Read the story here Read my interview with Šindelka in […]

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