The time to unwind is nigh, and these titles are just the panaceum we need to forget about the stresses of everyday work and routine.
Whether you are looking for the new books from Central European authors or are in search of new perspectives on CEE, you will find it here.
Wiesław Myśliwski, A Treatise on Shelling Beans.
This year Wiesław Myśliwski published his 7th novel, “Ucho Igielne” – an excellent piece of magnificent prose about the passing of time and the circularity of story that has no end and no return. If you don’t know the author yet, you must read his masterpiece from some year ago “A Treatise on Shelling Beans” – poetic thoughtful journey of life storytelling.
Radka Denemarková, A Contribution to the History of Joy.
A strong female voice from Czechia, Radka Denemarková’s A Contribution to the History of Joy is not a simple crime story, it is a story of violence that under the cover of silence tries to find its cultural justification. What could be a contribution to the history of joy in the world of darkness?
Peter Holka, Ohyb rieky.
The books of the author from Slovakia haven’t been translated in English yet, and it is a pity because his intense prose is always a worthy read. Rivers of words and sensations full of turns.
Viktor Horvath, My tank (An amended excerpt from Hungarian Literature Online, link)
Here you find a glimpse of 1968, from the Hungarian perspective. A humorous narration of the tragic events, which unfolded and changed the country forever, and captures the essence of the Central European story and spirit. My Tank was published as part of the “K4 – one book, four countries, four languages” project, a book series which promotes the translation of Central European works into other Central European languages. Each year, a Central European author’s work is published in four languages (Czech, Slovak, Polish and Hungarian) simultaneously, on the very same day, in all the four countries.
Jaroslav Rudiš, The National Avenue.
Where does patriotism stop and nationalism begin? This is one of the questions that emerge from the book of Jaroslav Rudiš who presents himself as an author from the Central Europe. Central European is also the identity of Vanam, a brawler from a block of flats who doesn’t know which side of the National Avenue he fought, but he is sure he was on the right one.
Claudio Magris, Danube: A Sentimental Journey from the Source to the Black Sea. People, sceneries, moods and stories from the perspective of a stranger travelling along the Danube. It is a European, intellectual journey where culture is so tangible that we can touch it on every page.
Alan Palmer, The Baltic: A History of the Baltic Sea and Its Peoples.
This book shows the Baltic region and its history from the perspective of a British sailor. The cold and noisy sea is rather dividing than uniting even if there were different attempts to convert it into the inner lake.