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Best European Fiction 2016
by Nathaniel Davis (ed.) | Literature & Fiction
Registered by wingAnnimanniwing of Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on 7/2/2016
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAnnimanniwing from Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, July 02, 2016

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From the publisher's website:

Since 2010, this anthology has been an essential resource for readers, critics, and publishers interested in contemporary European literature. In this, the seventh installment of the series, Best European Fiction 2016 continues its commitment to uncovering the best prose writing happening on the continent―from Azerbaijan to Denmark, from Portugal to the Ukraine―featuring work by established authors such as Josef Winkler, Christian Gailly, and João de Melo, as well as up-and-coming writers like Krisztina Tóth, Justyna Bargielska, Veronika Simoniti, and Bessora

The volume is also a forum for the best translators working today, featuring new translations by Lawrence Venuti, Vera Rich, Amaia Gabantxo, Adrian Nathan West, and many more. Also featuring a provocative prefatory essay written by John Fosse, Best European Fiction 2016 is another essential report on the state of global literature in the twenty-first century.

AUSTRIA: Josef Winkler, The Word Flew Away
AZERBAIJAN: Nijat Mamedov, Streaming
BELARUS: Alhierd Bacharevic, The Art of Being a Stutterer
BELGIUM (French): Michel Lambert, Long Night
BULGARIA: Vladimir Poleganov, The Birds
DENMARK: Claus Beck-Nielsen, The Author Himself
ESTONIA: Ilmar Taska, Apartment for Rent
FRANCE: Christian Gailly, The Wheel
GEORGIA: Tsotne Tskhvediani, The Golden Town
HUNGARY: Krisztina Tóth, from Pixel
IRELAND: Rob Doyle, John-Paul Finnegan, Paltry Realist
LATVIA: Māra Zālīte, The Major and the Candy
LIECHTENSTEIN: Armin Öhri, The Interrogation
LITHUANIA: Paulina Pukytė, from A Loser and a Do-Gooder
LUXEMBOURG: Nico Helminger, from Luxembourg Lions
MACEDONIA: Rumena Bužarovska, Waves
MOLDOVA: Ion Buzu, Another Piss in Nisporeni
MONTENEGRO: Ilija Đurović, The Five Widows
POLAND: Justyna Bargielska, from Born Sleeping
PORTUGAL: João de Melo, Strange and Magnificent Powers
ROMANIA: Marius Daniel Popescu, from La Symphonie du loup
SERBIA: Srđan V. Tešin, Where Is Grandma, Where Do You Think She’s Hiding?
SLOVENIA: Veronika Simoniti, A House of Paper
SPAIN (Basque): Harkaitz Cano & Andoni Aduriz, from Mugaritz: B.S.O.
SPAIN (Catalan): Edgar Cantero, Aesop’s Urinal
SWITZERLAND (French): Bessora, Voyage Under Narcosis
SWITZERLAND (German): Michael Fehr, The Apparent Fisherman and Real Drunkard
UKRAINE: Artem Chapeye, Son, Please
UNITED KINGDOM (Wales): Huw Lawrence, Restocking


Journal Entry 2 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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This collection of short stories / excerpts by European writers makes for fascinating reading. As anthologies go, it's uneven and some stories are more interesting and/or accomplished than others but all in all I can't recommend it highly enough.

I bought the book because it includes a short story by the Estonian writer Ilmar Taska and I have just translated the same story to Finnish (my translation will appear this autumn in Nippernaati 2, an anthology of Estonian writing in Finnish, published by the Estonian Institute): I wanted to compare my version with the English translation and see how the English translator had solved some sections that I was struggling with. 

Journal Entry 3 by thy at Nurmijärvi, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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