The Franz Kafka Blog

   08/04/2019 - 04:29 PM

Magnesia Litera 2019

The biggest Czech literary awards were given out last night and the Book of the Year went to Radka Denemarková for Hodiny z olova. Best Prose went to the prolific and inimitable Pavla Horáková for Teorie podivnosti (A Theory of Strangeness) while Discovery of the Year went to Probudím se na ?ibuji (I Wake Up […]



   22/03/2019 - 01:47 PM

Kusama Yayoi: Pop Goes The Disease

“Since preadolescence, Kusama has sourced inspiration from her waking nightmares. She suffers from rijinshou ???, which could be literally translated as ?separate person symptom? (the first kanji is used in the Japanese words for ?to separate? and ?divorce?). In English it is usually rendered as depersonalization. Even the hallucinations it spurs in her are picturesque, […]



   05/02/2019 - 02:54 PM

Sozopol Fiction Seminars: application deadline Feb 25

The call for the 12th annual edition of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation’s Sozopol Fiction Seminars is approaching, with five English-language and five Bulgarian-language fellows to be accepted from applicants that send their materials in by February 25. It’s an incredible program in an incredible place, with everything paid except 50% of travel expenses. This year’s […]



   19/11/2018 - 01:20 PM

Biljana Jovanovic in B O D Y

Written in 1980, Dogs and Others, by Serbian writer Biljana Jovanovi? and translated into English by John K. Cox, shows life in 1960’s socialist Belgrade through a very particular yet representative family. Madness, suicide and the first openly lesbian character in the country’s literature are just part of the bohemian milieu and experimental writing. Read […]



   02/11/2018 - 03:21 PM

Under Pressure (Bosnian version)

Istros Books has a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to translate and publish Under Pressure, a short story collection by war veteran and writer, Faruk ?ehi?. ?ehi?’s debut novel, Quiet Flows the Una, published in Will Firth’s English translation by Istros, won the 2013 EU Prize for Literature. The book was first published in Bosnian […]



   30/10/2018 - 12:40 PM

Daniel Majling in B O D Y

“I would have forgotten this story if, about a year later, I hadn?t read a newspaper report about a lorry apprehended by the customs police in Vy?né Nemecké, at the border crossing between Slovakia and Ukraine. It is a place where customs officers frequently come across lorries that carry cheap, Chinese-made copies of branded clothes […]



   01/10/2018 - 03:43 PM

Dasa Drndic in B O D Y

The world lost a major writer when Da?a Drndi? passed away earlier this year. The author of Trieste, Belladonna and Leica Format, all available in English translation, is still seeing her work coming out in English with the soon-to-be-published Doppelgänger coming out from Istros Books in a translation by Celia Hawkesworth and Susan Curtis. Read […]



   26/09/2018 - 01:29 PM

Writing the Balkans? Holocaust

On Thursday Sept. 27 at Waterstones Nottingham, publisher and translator Susan Curtis of Istros Books will be in conversation with translator Christina Pribi?evi?-Zori? in a discussion titled “The End of the World? How the Balkans writes the Holocaust”. The occasion is the upcoming publication of the novel Doppelgänger by Da?a Drndi? in mid-October, translated into […]



   20/09/2018 - 02:01 PM

Agnesa Kalinova in B O D Y

Fifty years ago, Warsaw Pact troops invaded Czechoslovakia, crushing the liberalization of the Prague Spring. What people today know about the consequences of this usually comes from images on the streets of Prague and from the lives of internationally-known Czech intellectuals like Václav Havel and Milan Kundera. This second excerpt from journalist and translator Agne?a […]



   28/05/2018 - 03:28 PM

Pavel Vilikovsky in B O D Y

For the second time an excerpt a novel of one of the pre-eminent Slovak writers, Pavel Vilikovský, has appeared in B O D Y’s Saturday European Fiction, with this excerpt from Fleeting Snow, published by Istros Books in a translation by Julia and Peter Sherwood. This will be the first work published by Vilikovský in […]