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Best European Fiction 2011 (Best European Fiction)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  155 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
The launch of Dalkey’s Best European Fiction series was nothing short of phenomenal, with wide-ranging coverage in international media such as Time magazine, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Financial Times, and the Guardian; glowing reviews and interviews in print and online magazines such as the Believer, Bookslut, Paste, and the Huffin ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published November 22nd 2010 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published November 2nd 2010)
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MJ Nicholls
I will endeavour to rate this fabulous collection in the manner of the Eurovision Song Contest scoring system. The only difference being both the talent levels and absence of musical content. No hang on—there isn’t any musical content in the Eurovision Song Contest either. Har har! Oh, me! You should own this outstanding anthology for its breathtaking scope and impressive quality. Scores out of ten. The ten-pointer indicates a favourite in the collection.

Wiliam Owen Roberts, Wales — 7 pts
Vanessa Wu
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
First of all, let me say that with collections like this, I don't start on page 1 (the first story does actually start on page 1) and read all the way through to page 483. I usually keep them by my bed and come back to them time and time again.

Secondly, I have to confess that I am very superficial. The first story I read was called Nela and the Virgins by Mercè Ibarz because I thought it might be sensual, particularly when I saw the sentence:

"'We won't be virgins long!' Isi and Valentina exclaim
Dec 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stories-novellas
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Lizzie Bedell
Jan 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely fabulous compilation. A must read.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-booklist
Liechtenstein (Dust)

"The researchers attempted to establish a baseline of zero emotion by examining ordinary household dust."

"I am that which remains when you have understood. Something exhausted, empty, but free."

"You only really see what other people are like when they're having a crisis."

How a person behaves at the bottom of the barrel shows you that sort of stuff that person is made of."

Estonia (Beyond the Window a Park is Dimming)

"She was sincere and just a little bit unhappy - as if a chea
Dan DiPiero
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paused
The second installment of the Best European Fiction series begins with a question: what does it mean to be European? While it is true that the issue of a common continental identity was on the minds of the editors and readers of the first collection, it seems an even more vital question today, in the face of changing Greek and Italian regimes, the threat of Euro-instability, of economic collapse. Nations as independent and as deeply cultured as Greece and Germany are coming face to face with a q ...more
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A lot better and less hit-and-miss than the first one, though I can't hate the 2010 volume that much; not after it introduced me to the genius of George Konrad, the excellence of Georgi Gospodinov, the wit of Victor Pelevin and the trippiness of Alastair Gray. And that's really the purpose of these compilations: to add more of those good and/or interesting European writers into our stagnant Anglo-American lives where we continue to fear the translated world of literature like a bunch of bunny ra ...more
Oct 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"In this respect, I thought, he was like Garfield-I mean the cat. His presence or absence made no difference to the rest of the text. Nevertheless, he felt that he had a legitimate right to sit there, to do nothing more than waste space. So Colonel Enke was a sort of literary Garfield. Yet Garfield, the original, was alive and well, despite his uselessness, his obsolescence-giving orders, playing colonel, and being well paid for the privilege."
-Ersan Üldes-- "Professional Behavior" (Turkey)

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Nov 01, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
《最佳欧洲小说(2011)》The launch of Dalkey’s Best European Fiction series was nothing short of phenomenal. For 2011, Aleksandar Hemon is back as editor, along with a new preface by Colum McCann, and with a whole new cast of authors and stories, including work from countries not included in Best European Fiction 2010. “最佳欧洲小说”是欧洲文学出版社甄选出的欧洲当年或近年最佳欧洲小说作品,相当于欧洲小说的年鉴,体现欧洲文学前沿的高度。长期以来,由于小语种语言的限制,国内读者对欧洲文学的了解大多是源自西欧文学,而这本书却给读者以领略整个欧洲文学精神风貌的机会,甄选作品的国度达到四十个,无论是英国、德国这样的老牌文学强国,还是拉脱维亚、爱沙尼亚、立陶宛、波黑、克罗地亚、马其顿这样的文学小户;既 ...more
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-tour
This collection of European fiction contains a short story called "Dust" by Stefan Sprenger from Liechtenstein. I read it for my World Tour, but have not read all the other stories in the book yet. Stefan Sprenger's story is a quirky meditation on emotion, representation in art, capturing the essence of both of them and life, guilt for the terrible things humans can do to each other and the world, God, the Gulf War and dust. I liked it and I hope some more of his work becomes available in transl ...more
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Hemon graduated from the University of Sarajevo with a degree in literature in 1990. He moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1992 and found that he was unable to write in Bosnian and spoke little English.

In 1995, he started writing works in English and managed to showcase his work in prestigious magazines such as the New Yorker and Esquire. He is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist f
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