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2013 may be the best year yet for Best European Fiction. The inimitable John Banville joins the list of distinguished preface writers for Aleksandar Hemon’s series, and A. S. Byatt represents England among a luminous cast of European contributors. Fans of the series will find everything they’ve grown to love, while new readers will discover what they’ve been missing! SLOVAK 2013 may be the best year yet for Best European Fiction. The inimitable John Banville joins the list of distinguished preface writers for Aleksandar Hemon’s series, and A. S. Byatt represents England among a luminous cast of European contributors. Fans of the series will find everything they’ve grown to love, while new readers will discover what they’ve been missing! SLOVAKIA: Balla, Before the Breakup MACEDONIA: Žarko Kujundžiski, When the Glasses Are Lost MONTENEGRO: Dragan Radulović, The Face GEORGIA: Lasha Bugadze, The Sins of the Wolf BELGIUM: Paul Emond, Grand Froid ARMENIA: Krikor Beledian, The Name under My Tongue RUSSIA: Kirill Kobrin, Last Summer in Marienbad MOLDOVA: Vitalie Ciobanu, Orchestra Rehearsal IRELAND: Tomás Mac Síomóin, Music in the Bone FINLAND: Tiina Raevaara, My Creator, My Creation HUNGARY: Miklós Vajda, Portrait of a Mother in an American Frame TURKEY: Zehra Çırak, Memory Cultivation Salon PORTUGAL: Dulce Maria Cardoso, Angels on the Inside LATVIA: Gundega Repše, How Important is it to be Ernest? UKRAINE: Tania Malyarchuk, Me and My Sacred Cow SPAIN (Castilian): Eloy Tizón, The Mercury in the Thermometers BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Semezdin Mehmedinović, My Heart AUSTRIA: Lydia Mischkulnig, A Protagonist’s Nemesis FRANCE: Marie Redonnet, Madame Zabee’s Guesthouse LITHUANIA: Ieva Toleikytė, The Eye of the Maples BULGARIA: Rumen Balabanov, The Ragiad UK, ENGLAND: A.S. Byatt, Dolls’ Eyes ESTONIA: Kristiina Ehin, The Surrealist’s Daughter POLAND: Sylwia Chutnik, It’s All Up to You LIECHTENSTEIN: Daniel Batliner, Malcontent’s Monologue SPAIN (Basque): Bernardo Atxaga, Pirpo and Chanberlan, Murderers SERBIA: Borivoje Adašević, For a Foreign Master SLOVENIA: Mirana Likar Bajželj, Nada’s Tablecloth DENMARK: Christina Hesselholdt, Camilla and the Horse ROMANIA: Dan Lungu, 7 P.M. Wife SWITZERLAND: Bernard Comment, A Son UK, WALES: Ray French, Migration IRELAND: Mike McCormack, Of One Mind ICELAND: Gyrðir Elíasson, The Music Shop NORWAY: Ari Behn, Thunder Snow and When a Dollar Was a Big Deal


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2013 may be the best year yet for Best European Fiction. The inimitable John Banville joins the list of distinguished preface writers for Aleksandar Hemon’s series, and A. S. Byatt represents England among a luminous cast of European contributors. Fans of the series will find everything they’ve grown to love, while new readers will discover what they’ve been missing! SLOVAK 2013 may be the best year yet for Best European Fiction. The inimitable John Banville joins the list of distinguished preface writers for Aleksandar Hemon’s series, and A. S. Byatt represents England among a luminous cast of European contributors. Fans of the series will find everything they’ve grown to love, while new readers will discover what they’ve been missing! SLOVAKIA: Balla, Before the Breakup MACEDONIA: Žarko Kujundžiski, When the Glasses Are Lost MONTENEGRO: Dragan Radulović, The Face GEORGIA: Lasha Bugadze, The Sins of the Wolf BELGIUM: Paul Emond, Grand Froid ARMENIA: Krikor Beledian, The Name under My Tongue RUSSIA: Kirill Kobrin, Last Summer in Marienbad MOLDOVA: Vitalie Ciobanu, Orchestra Rehearsal IRELAND: Tomás Mac Síomóin, Music in the Bone FINLAND: Tiina Raevaara, My Creator, My Creation HUNGARY: Miklós Vajda, Portrait of a Mother in an American Frame TURKEY: Zehra Çırak, Memory Cultivation Salon PORTUGAL: Dulce Maria Cardoso, Angels on the Inside LATVIA: Gundega Repše, How Important is it to be Ernest? UKRAINE: Tania Malyarchuk, Me and My Sacred Cow SPAIN (Castilian): Eloy Tizón, The Mercury in the Thermometers BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Semezdin Mehmedinović, My Heart AUSTRIA: Lydia Mischkulnig, A Protagonist’s Nemesis FRANCE: Marie Redonnet, Madame Zabee’s Guesthouse LITHUANIA: Ieva Toleikytė, The Eye of the Maples BULGARIA: Rumen Balabanov, The Ragiad UK, ENGLAND: A.S. Byatt, Dolls’ Eyes ESTONIA: Kristiina Ehin, The Surrealist’s Daughter POLAND: Sylwia Chutnik, It’s All Up to You LIECHTENSTEIN: Daniel Batliner, Malcontent’s Monologue SPAIN (Basque): Bernardo Atxaga, Pirpo and Chanberlan, Murderers SERBIA: Borivoje Adašević, For a Foreign Master SLOVENIA: Mirana Likar Bajželj, Nada’s Tablecloth DENMARK: Christina Hesselholdt, Camilla and the Horse ROMANIA: Dan Lungu, 7 P.M. Wife SWITZERLAND: Bernard Comment, A Son UK, WALES: Ray French, Migration IRELAND: Mike McCormack, Of One Mind ICELAND: Gyrðir Elíasson, The Music Shop NORWAY: Ari Behn, Thunder Snow and When a Dollar Was a Big Deal

30 review for Best European Fiction 2013

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tuck

    Another fantastic and eclectic collection of euro short stories, with bonus author bios and biblios, and translator bios and biblios. A real desert island book with preface by john banville this go round. A few I found particularly well written were kirill kobrin Russian, a story of ennui and roving eyes, alighted on a book by “herzen”. Vitalie ciobanu moldova, about a guy who has to play in the never-ending folk band instead of concentrating on his classical education, and figuring out how to es Another fantastic and eclectic collection of euro short stories, with bonus author bios and biblios, and translator bios and biblios. A real desert island book with preface by john banville this go round. A few I found particularly well written were kirill kobrin Russian, a story of ennui and roving eyes, alighted on a book by “herzen”. Vitalie ciobanu moldova, about a guy who has to play in the never-ending folk band instead of concentrating on his classical education, and figuring out how to escape the hell that was his country. Miklos vajda hungary, chronicling the almost unfathomably labyrinthine Hungarian diasporas. Tania malyarchuk Ukraine, sweet story of young city girl spending her summers on the farm with her old old grandma, and going back in time to country ways. Here’s her intro “I hated my cow and she hated me. Even though we were like two peas in a pod: both of us crazy. We competed with one another in mental abnormality, and the cow always won because she was the better runner. She had four legs, and I only two.” It’s interesting, these new hemon/dalkey collections, the translators are just as powerful and important as the original writers. Jull costa for example, Spanish and Portuguese into English, and perhaps basque too? Here is great interview with her: http://www.thewhitereview.org/intervi...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    another amazing collection "when we are not sure, we are alive." -- Graham Greene "What's important is what was happening in me, that definitive rupture with the Fatherland, however painful I found it. And when a person steps into the next stage of his destiny, there is no way back to the last. When a person finds himself in a state such as mine, everything around him takes on a different aspect: people seem to laugh differently, walk differently, react to you differently, and you, for that matter another amazing collection "when we are not sure, we are alive." -- Graham Greene "What's important is what was happening in me, that definitive rupture with the Fatherland, however painful I found it. And when a person steps into the next stage of his destiny, there is no way back to the last. When a person finds himself in a state such as mine, everything around him takes on a different aspect: people seem to laugh differently, walk differently, react to you differently, and you, for that matter, react differently to them. In a word, the world and the people who walk in it appear hostile to you. I would like it not to be so, but that's how it is and now I don't know what I can do about it, apart from describe it. Somehow, I say, everything changes, which means that even the landscape around you seems to change as well." --Borivoje Adašević A.S.Byatt's story of a lover's unusual betrayal is beautifully drawn.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    These are unusual stories. Absurdist, Kafkaesque in many places, or supernatural. A woman who discovers a "thing" crouching in the corner of her living room behind the TV set that only gets bigger when her husband returns from a business trip and may be cheating her her. A dishrag that announces it was a person the day before. Some of the stories are a little too confusing or obscure, but overall, this collection inspired me! These are unusual stories. Absurdist, Kafkaesque in many places, or supernatural. A woman who discovers a "thing" crouching in the corner of her living room behind the TV set that only gets bigger when her husband returns from a business trip and may be cheating her her. A dishrag that announces it was a person the day before. Some of the stories are a little too confusing or obscure, but overall, this collection inspired me!

  4. 4 out of 5

    John Arden

    Some were quite good, some were terrible, most were in between.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Seyed Amin

    ترجمه نیمی از داستان ها ضعیف است و ارتباط برقرار کردن سخت من این داستان ها رو دوست داشتم: موسیقی در بن استخوان فرشتگانی در سوی درون هجرت و نتوانستم با باقی داستان ها ارتباطی برقرار کنم

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bookshelf

    Pure literary pleasure. I can only think of one story in the entire book that I didn't care for. Plenty of reviews have detailed the various stories, no one needs this from me. I can say that a full month after finishing the book, my mind is full of it's stories. The have stuck with me and will continue to be with me. Not just the information contained within the stories, but the ways they made me feel, the thoughts they made me think - this book stays with me. I checked this book out from my li Pure literary pleasure. I can only think of one story in the entire book that I didn't care for. Plenty of reviews have detailed the various stories, no one needs this from me. I can say that a full month after finishing the book, my mind is full of it's stories. The have stuck with me and will continue to be with me. Not just the information contained within the stories, but the ways they made me feel, the thoughts they made me think - this book stays with me. I checked this book out from my library. I think it would be an even better read as a purchase, when one can take all the time in the world to savor each story individually. It is worthy of the reader's full time and attention. An absolutely perfect compilation of short stories.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Arja Salafranca

    Strange sometimes surreal tales - people trapped in a lift, people watching an absurdist play, a girl looks after a cow named Daisy... The best, for me, as always are the more realistic and "traditional" stories, where character comes first and you get behind the skin of a character in a story. There were fewer of these than I would have liked, unfortunately, so ideally I'd like to give this 2 and half stars. Strange sometimes surreal tales - people trapped in a lift, people watching an absurdist play, a girl looks after a cow named Daisy... The best, for me, as always are the more realistic and "traditional" stories, where character comes first and you get behind the skin of a character in a story. There were fewer of these than I would have liked, unfortunately, so ideally I'd like to give this 2 and half stars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gurldoggie

    Another great collection - the third that I've read in this series. I read this one slowly, a story at a time over about 6 months, and every time I came back to it I was delighted once again by the diversity of voices, settings, perspectives and themes. Even if some stories are better than others, every one is worth reading. I'm very much looking forward to the 2014 collection! Another great collection - the third that I've read in this series. I read this one slowly, a story at a time over about 6 months, and every time I came back to it I was delighted once again by the diversity of voices, settings, perspectives and themes. Even if some stories are better than others, every one is worth reading. I'm very much looking forward to the 2014 collection!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ümit Mutlu

    "Bence herkes birbirinden farklı öpüşüyor. Bu tür öpüşmelerde her zaman ruhlar ve özgün, şahsi düşünceler de etklişim halindedir. Bedenlerin üzerindeki kafalarda ağızlar çok özel deneyimler yaşarlar; her biri her zaman kendine özgü. Ve bu nedenle bir daha asla Alfredo'nunki gibi bir öpüşme yaşayamayacağım sevgili bayan Merk. Tabii bir daha onunla karşılaşmazsam." "Bence herkes birbirinden farklı öpüşüyor. Bu tür öpüşmelerde her zaman ruhlar ve özgün, şahsi düşünceler de etklişim halindedir. Bedenlerin üzerindeki kafalarda ağızlar çok özel deneyimler yaşarlar; her biri her zaman kendine özgü. Ve bu nedenle bir daha asla Alfredo'nunki gibi bir öpüşme yaşayamayacağım sevgili bayan Merk. Tabii bir daha onunla karşılaşmazsam."

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rune Clausen

    Read about half the stories, some okay, others not so much.

  11. 4 out of 5

    André

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  12. 4 out of 5

    Quinn Irwin

    Some of the stories are superb, but many of them are light in scene and heavy in exposition.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ciprian

    I found interesting around two thirds of the stories.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Fabio Bensoussan

    Esperando ansiosamente pelo lançamento, em outubro (Kindle). As edições anteriores proporcionaram grandes descobertas.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Natalia Zinenko

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kirk

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joel Loxton

  18. 4 out of 5

    Regina McIntyre

  19. 4 out of 5

    jennet wheatstonelllsl

  20. 5 out of 5

    Paul Dembina

  21. 5 out of 5

    Orin Bellizio

  22. 4 out of 5

    David Seguin

  23. 4 out of 5

    Delnaz

  24. 4 out of 5

    Storkpress

  25. 5 out of 5

    Trevor

  26. 4 out of 5

    Krystal

  27. 4 out of 5

    Burak

  28. 4 out of 5

    Eric

  29. 4 out of 5

    Meg

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emilie Champs

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