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Old 04-27-2012   #21
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Re: What other central european authors do you read?

In the field of non-fiction, I've enjoyed reading Mircea Eliade and Ioan P. Culianu. I'd also like to recommend Zbigniew Herbert's book Still Life with a Bridle: Essays and Apocrypha, about 17th-century Holland reflected through paintings by the Dutch masters. One of the most profound books I've ever read about visual art.
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Re: What other central european authors do you read?

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opium and magicians garden do contain different stories, theyre not the same volumes, at least the copies ive got
The back cover of Opium and Other Stories says, "Originally published under the title The Magician's Garden and Other Stories", but apparently they changed the contents somewhat. Now I'm wondering how much the contents differ.
I now understand the confusion.

This book is a reprint of The Magician's Garden and Other Stories:



I just discovered there is a different book with a similar title and a different translator which I think is the one damo was referring to:




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I've personally enjoyed reading Bruno Schulz, Gustav Meyrink,Witold Gombrowicz, Thomas Bernhard and Ernst Jünger. Karel Capek (War with the Newts) and Miodrag Bulatovic (Gullo Gullo) are also among my favourites, as well as quite recently Max Blecher and Ladislav Klima.
My bold above. I'm currently 'experiencing' Witold Gombrowicz's COSMOS:
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I've personally enjoyed reading Bruno Schulz, Gustav Meyrink,Witold Gombrowicz, Thomas Bernhard and Ernst Jünger. Karel Capek (War with the Newts) and Miodrag Bulatovic (Gullo Gullo) are also among my favourites, as well as quite recently Max Blecher and Ladislav Klima.
My bold above. I'm currently 'experiencing' Witold Gombrowicz's COSMOS:
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My second bold above. My real-time review of 'War With The Newts" http://nullimmortalis.wordpress.com/...y-karel-capek/

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Re: What other central european authors do you read?

Hi all,

based on the reccomendations of this thread I bought a copy of the Georg Heym collection 'The Thief and Other Stories', read it, and was so blown away by it that read it again straight away. It was just as good (if not even better) the second time around. Crikey!

That's, in effect, the bottom line of my longer review, so you needn't really bother going to

http://siderealpressxtras.blogspot.c...d-with-my.html

(though I do add a pretty picture and a link to Heym poem).

I hope this post inspires everyone to buy this fabulous book.

REGARDS!

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Re: What other central european authors do you read?

There is a new publishing house in Britain devoted to Southern European works in English translation, http://istrosbooks.com/. This includes two books from Montenegro. To judge from the descriptions, some have weird or fantastic content. Certainly looks worth exploring.

(Noted via the always well-informed Literary Saloon website).
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Re: What other central european authors do you read?

Sand's mention of Montenegro, the weird and the fantastic has reminded me of an author form neighbouring Serbia - Milorad Pavic.

Dictionary of the Khazar's is a kind of surreal historical fiction, written as seperate entries of an encyclopedia. From what I remember, these can be read in any order, and read as an inter-linked series of short stories. Landscape Painted with Tea is also worth looking up.

I think this is a great thread.. many familiar names have been mentioned, but it's also introduced quite a few I'd never heard of. I've really enjoyed what I've read by Perutz and Heym so far, thanks to recommendations here.
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Re: What other central european authors do you read?

Another great author that hasn't been named yet is Arno Schmidt. His book Schwarze Spiegel (1951) is excellent. Two of my other favorites are Aus dem Lebens eines Fauns (1953) and Die Gelehrtenrepublik (1957). These two have been translated into english, I believe, not sure about the first one.

Arno Schmidt's magnum opus is arguably Zettel's Traum (1970), which I have always wanted to read, but never had the chance to. I have found out that Suhrkamp Verlag has recently republished it in a less expensive & corrected edition.

The novel was originally published in folio format with 1334 pages. The story (concerning the problems of translating Edgar Allan Poe into German, and other things) is told mostly in three shifting columns, presenting the text in the form of notes, collages, and typewritten pages (this description is copied from Wikipedia).

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Re: What other central european authors do you read?

Just checked, a translation of Schwarze Spiegel / Dark Mirrors IS available.




A translation of Zettel's Traum with the working title Bottom's Dream should also be forthcoming.

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Re: What other central european authors do you read?

Ismail Kadare’s The Fall of the Stone City (Canongate), just translated into English by John Hodgson – the fate of an old Albanian city from the German invasion in WW2 through the Communist era and to the present, seen through a single incident, a dinner between the town doctor and a German colonel in charge of the occupying forces, which has repercussions and resonances in the years that follow. Taut writing, subtle irony and allegory, often bleak and dark, with hints at a world conspiracy - and (in one interpretation) a story which has a ghost.
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