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Best European Fiction 2014 (Best European Fiction)

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From Belarus to Wales! Translated from more than 25 languages and highlighting the future luminaries and revolutionaries of international literature. Fans of the series will find everything they've grown to love, while new readers will discover what they've been missing!

[Belarus] VLADIMIR KOZLOV Politics
[Belgium: French] THIERRY HORGUELIN The Man in the Yellow Parka
Paperback, 342 pages
Published November 7th 2013 by Dalkey Archive Press
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MJ Nicholls
One would be mistaken for assuming the European fictions collected herein are works slated to be published in 2014—the stories here are choice selections from European authors in the last decade (and beyond), selected by various arts councils in the various European nations (not all of whom are represented in this edition—where is Sweden? Denmark? Germany?) and translated here for your perusal. Focusing on Eastern European nations, who are widely represented, the stories are largely darkly ...more
Jun 19, 2014 Lillian rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories

My three favorite stories from this collection were all at the front: Thierry Horguelin's (Belgium) "The Man in the Yellow Parka", Katya Atanasova's (Bulgaria) "Fear of Ankles", and Elvis Hadzic's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Zec" ... which keeps coming back to haunt me.

Stuff I marked in the preface by Drago Jančar because it helped me get a grip on the wild variety of stories to follow:

"... What's wrong with optimism? I didn't want to start lecturing about Marx in a creative writing class, so
Aug 14, 2014 Wally rated it it was amazing
I found a lot to love here, including a haunting story from Bosnia-Herzegovina, in which a boy makes a wish on a ladybug and finds himself magically grown up and playing Hamlet before an adoring audience. The Polish entry seems more like a fable, with a disaffected prince bemoaning the peasantry’s idleness and a Jewish merchant’s business acumen while his own teeth fall out. In the Latvian story, a single woman seems to have someone living in her apartment, although she can never see or ...more
Jan 23, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The excellent introduction by Drago Jančar prepared me for a collection weighted heavily with Eastern Europeans, and writing that explored new ways of telling a story or capturing a mood, zeitgeist, or existence. Of course, some styles worked better than others. Nevertheless, this is an engaging collection.
Jan 09, 2016 Alistair rated it did not like it
The only story that stuck with me is the hauntingly memorable Bosnian story, The Curious Case of Benjamin Zec by Elvis Hadzic (11 pages). Skip the rest. Considering the collection is 315 pages, this is pretty poor signal to noise ratio!
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Mar 18, 2015 Kerry Booth rated it liked it
Kind of disappointing. It was interesting reading different world views, but there is a lot of disjointed, incomplete, and poor examples passing as fiction out there.
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Drago Jančar je končal Višjo pravno šolo v Mariboru. Med študijem je bil kulturni, glavni in odgovorni urednik študentskega lista Katedra. Po študiju je bil najprej zaposlen kot novinar pri dnevniku Večer, nato je bil svobodni pisatelj, za tem dramaturg pri Viba filmu in nazadnje tajnik in urednik pri založbi Slovenska matica v Ljubljani. Študijsko je večkrat bival v tujini, v ZDA, Veliki ...more
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