By Aleksandar Hemon
Traditionally, English-language readers were nice enthusiasts of eu literature, and names like Franz Kafka, Gustave Flaubert, and Thomas Mann are so prevalent we not often reflect on them as international in any respect. What these writers delivered to English-language literature used to be a large choice of recent rules, kinds, and methods of seeing the area. but occasions have replaced, and what sort of will we even learn about the richly diverse literature being written in Europe this present day? most sensible ecu Fiction 2010 is the inaugural installment of an annual anthology of reports from throughout Europe edited via Bosnian novelist and MacArthur "Genius-Award" winner Aleksandar Hemon with dozens of editorial, media, and programming companions within the united states, U.K., and Europe. Read more...
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He remembered how easy it had been to murder his neighbor. The only physical effort required had been prying the axe, which was still razor-sharp, out of the dead man’s skull afterward. You always imagine things will be harder than they actually are, he thought. It’s no different from slicing into a roast, as long as you use the right tool. He tugged on the blinds and daylight flooded the lived-in room. Ferdinand glanced through the slats at the street. Could it be that no one else had noticed the sudden cessation of pounding noise?
It continued to attract my attention even after I’d studied every inch of it—the interplay of light and shade, the way the veil my mother wore was draped around her hair, the palpable excitement of the big day, which seemed to have made her lose her composure. It’s the custom in our country for a bride to cry a little at her wedding, to show how distraught she is at leaving her mother and father. This is the way we get married—screaming, as we did at birth. Over time, a brown stain began to appear on the photo, covering my mother’s face from her right eye to her temple, and, eventually, the rest of her as well.
It vanished at some point in my topsy-turvy life. But I still carry the stain. The stain infected me. I can still see it covering my mother’s right eye and temple. She doesn’t bother to hide her unhappiness, now. And the red seed is within me, and the visits to my grandmother’s house have stopped. TRANSLATED FROM GERMAN AND ITALIAN BY ROBERT ELSIE AND JANICE MATHIE-HECK [AUSTRIA] ANTONIO FIAN FROM While Sleeping DOLPHIN A cousin of mine had an aquarium built on her terrace, a rather imposing tank where strange, exotic sea creatures amused themselves in the company of all sorts of local specimen, destined to be eaten.
Best European fiction 2010 by Aleksandar Hemon