Friday, January 7, 2011

Suggest a Book Title for the Eastern European Reading Challenge

This is another 'placeholder' post, to be accessed from the Upper Left tab on TBSD's homepage.  If you know of titles that you want to share, please list them in the comments to this post and I'll move them up into the body of the post when I figure out how.

Please list author, title, and genre in your recommendations.

From Mediations:
Croatia: The Ministry of Pain, by Dubravka Ugresic, trans. Michael Henry Heim (lit fiction)

From Iza: two Hungarian authors Sandor Marai & Magda Szabo, Marek Krajewski, With Fire and Sword, The Deluge, and Fire in the Steppe by Henryk Sienkiewicz

From Damian:
Absinthe Magazine Europeana and volumes from Twisted Spoon Press, as well as Case Closed by Patrik Ouředník, Celestial Harmonies by Péter Esterházy, Hotel Europa Dumitru Tsepeneag

From Polish Outlander:
Ashes and Diamonds by Jerzy Andrzejewski (Poland), Snow White and Russian Red by Dorota Maslowska (Poland), Poland by James A. Michener Madame by Antoni Libera (Poland), Push Not the River by James Conroyd Martin (Poland), Against a Crimson Sky by James Conroyd Martin (Poland), Eva Underground by Dandi Daley Mackall (Poland), The Loves of Faustyna by Nina Fitzpatrick (Poland) ,The Good Soldier Svejk: and His Fortunes in the World War by Jaroslav Hasek

From Boris:
Street of Crocodiles, by Bruno Schulz, Life of Insects, by Victor Pelevin, A Tomb for Boris Davidovich, Danilo Kis, Life of Sebastian Knight by Vladimir Naboko,v Dictionary of the Khazars, Milorad Pavic Love and Obstacles, Aleksandar Hemon The Funeral Party, Ludmila Ulitskaya Death and the Penguin, Andrey Kurkov The Winter Queen

From Christie:
Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier, ands Elif Batumen's Possessed.




  1. Croatia: The Ministry of Pain, by Dubravka Ugresic, trans. Michael Henry Heim. Tanja flees newly-formed Croatia to teach Yugoslavian literature at the University of Amsterdam to fellow exiles who are bitterly divided by a shared past.

  2. Under a Cruel Star from Chrissie Czech Republic

  3. Here are some of my recommendations:
    The Swimmer by Zsuzsa Bank (Hungary)
    Baba Yaga Laid an Egg by Dubravka Ugresic (mixture)
    The Visible World by Mark Slouka (Czech)
    The Quest for Christa T. by Christa Wolf (East Germany)
    The White King by György Dragoman (Hungary)
    The Bridge of Sighs by Olen Steinhauer (a fictional amalgamation)
    Moonlight in Odessa by Janet Charles (Ukraine)
    A Foreign Woman by Sergei Dovlatov (USSR)
    S by Slavenka Drakulic (ex-Yugoslavia)
    A Russian Journal by Andrea Lee
    Dreams of My Russian Summers by Andrei Makine
    Stasiland by Anna Funder (East Germany-nonfiction)
    Medea and Her Children by Lyudmila Ulitskaya
    The Dreamlife of Sukhanov by Olga Grushin (Russia)
    The Women's Decameron by Julia Voznesenskaya (USSR)
    Extraordinary Renditions by Andrew Ervin (Hungary)
    The Question of Bruno by Aleksandar Hemon (former Yugoslavia)
    The Door by Magda Szabo (HUngary)
    Valeria's Last Stand by Marc Fitten (Hungary)
    Little Miss Nobody by Tomek Tryzna (Poland)
    The Appointment by Herta Müller (Romania)
    The Sky Unwashed by Irene Zabytko (Ukraine)
    The Siege by Helen Dunmore
    Sofia Petrovna by Lydia Chukovskaya

  4. I posted my list of Russian-English translations that came out in 2010 and translations expected in 2011. It's on my blog here. The "Other Reading Ideas" section on the blog sidebar has a list of 2009's new translations plus some "greatest hits" of Russian literature. The section below links to posts about some classics.

    I hope these might be helpful to people interested in Russian titles!


    With luck you'll be able to see the list of the 27 eastern European books I read and recommend.