Due to popular demand, 2012 will continue the Eastern European Reading Challenge from 2011. We've ended up with 72 participants in 22 nations for the 2011 READ EAST.
Since BEA this year will be focused on Russia, it seems only appropriate to continue with the Challenge. Many literary magazines are continuing to focus on Eastern European themes. This month's World Literature Today was focused on modern Russian poetry (!!!!!).
If you've already entered, there's no need to sign up again unless you want to. The previous years entrants are listed on this link; http://www.theblacksheepdances.com/2010/12/2011-eastern-european-reading-challenge.html
If you are new to the Challenge, here's the deal:
Leave a comment to this post with your name and your country of residence. You can shoot for 4, 8, or 12 titles. Report back to the links below with links to your own website reviews, or titles you enjoyed and want to share with others.
Regions: Choose titles about or by an author from any of the following regions: Croatia, Ukraine, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Hungary, Belarus, Estonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, Czech Rep., Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Romania, Moldova, and Kosovo.
Titles: Can be any genre: crime, poetry, literary fiction, history, historical fiction, memoirs, etc. If possible, try to select titles that are translated works to help support the continuing exposure of Eastern works to Western readers.
Open Letter Books, Archipelago Books, Peirene Press, Melville House, and Ugly Duckling Presse are all small publishers that focus on a wide variety of translated titles of fiction and poetry. Check them out!
Links to reviews of Eastern European or Russian titles are in the comments box here:
Suggested titles by participants are here:
Several new titles have come out since last year's challenge:
Poetry: Into the Snow by Gennady Aygi; On the Border of Snow and Melt by Georgy Ivanov
Literary Fiction: the Penguin series by Kurkov, Dukla by Stasiuk, Wunderkind by Nikolai Grozni
Nonfiction: On the Road to Badabag by Stasiuk, Karaoke Culture by Dubravka Ugresic
Feel free to share details on your own blog and link to this page. On February first, a trivia question regarding Eastern European lit will be posted with a Amazon UK or US gift certificate as prize. It's going to be tough!
Just to be clear, yes...I have two Challenges running this year. Enter either or both! My focus on accepting review copies will again by as closely limited to the Mediterranean and Eastern European regions as possible.