Best European Fiction 2016

Best European Fiction 2016

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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 Joao de Melo, as well as up-and-coming writers like Krisztina Toth, 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 332 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 666g
  • Normal, IL, United States
  • English
  • 1628971142
  • 9781628971149
  • 1,021,582

Table of contents

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 Toth, "From Pixel"

Ireland: Rob Doyle, "John-Paul Finnegan, Paltry Realist"

Latvia: Mara Zalite, "The Major and the Candy"

Liechtenstein: Armin OEhri, "The Interrogation"

Lithuania: Paulina Pukyte, From "A Loser and a Do-Gooder"

Luxembourg: Nico Helminger, From "Luxembourg Lions"

Macedonia: Rumena Buzarovska, "Waves"

Moldova: Ion Buzu, "Another Piss in Nisporeni"

Montenegro: Ilija Durovic, "The Five Widows"

Poland: Justyna Bargielska, From "Born Sleeping"

Portugal: Joao de Melo, "Strange and Magnificent Powers"

Romania: Marius Daniel Popescu, From "La Symphonie du loup"

Serbia: Srdan V. Tesin, "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"
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"[W]e can be thankful to have so many talented new voices to discover." -Library Journal "The anthology Best European Fiction 2016 combines 29 different writers from across the continent, here translated into English. Concerned largely with politics or literature, the standout story is Veronika Simoniti's pertinent "A House of Paper," in which a translator is convinced her body is shrinking as some sort of penance for her lifetime of `counterfeiting [...] in another language.'" -Ruth Gilligan, The Irish Independent
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About Nathaniel Davis

Called the new Ibsen in the German press, and heralded throughout Western Europe, Jon Fosse is one of contemporary Norwegian literature's most important writers. In 2000, his novel Melancholy won the Melsom Prize, and Fosse was awarded a lifetime stipend from the Norwegian government for his future literary efforts. In 2015, Ladbrokes listed him as having 10/1 odds to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Nathaniel Davis is an assistant editor at Dalkey Archive Press. He is also a translator and holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Pennsylvania.
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