Best European Fiction 2010
Aleksandar Hemon Zadie Smith Ornela Vorpsi Antonio Fian Elo Viiding Peter Terrin Jean-Philippe Toussaint Igor Štiks
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Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM By Aleksandar Hemon Zadie Smith Ornela Vorpsi Antonio Fian Elo Viiding Peter Terrin Jean-Philippe Toussaint Igor Štiks

Historically, English language readers have been great fans of European literature, and names like Franz Kafka, Gustave Flaubert, and Thomas Mann are so familiar we hardly think of them as foreign at all What those writers brought to English language literature was a wide variety of new ideas, styles, and ways of seeing the world Yet times have changed, and how much do wHistorically, English language readers have been great fans of European literature, and names like Franz Kafka, Gustave Flaubert, and Thomas Mann are so familiar we hardly think of them as foreign at all What those writers brought to English language literature was a wide variety of new ideas, styles, and ways of seeing the world Yet times have changed, and how much do we even know about the richly diverse literature being written in Europe today Best European Fiction 2010 is the inaugural installment of what will become an annual anthology of stories from across Europe Edited by acclaimed Bosnian novelist and MacArthur Genius Award winner Aleksandar Hemon, and with dozens of editorial, media, and programming partners in the U.S UK, and Europe, the Best European Fiction series will be a window onto what s happening right now in literary scenes throughout Europe, where the next Kafka, Flaubert, or Mann is waiting to be discovered.List of contributorsPreface Zadie SmithIntroduction Aleksandar HemonOrnela Vorpsi Albania from The Country Where No One Ever DiesAntonio Fian Austria from While SleepingPeter Terrin Belgium Dutch from The Murderer Jean Philippe Toussaint Belgium French Zidane s Melancholy Igor Stiks Bosnia At the Sarajevo Market Georgi Gospodinov Bulgaria And All Turned Moon Neven Usumovic Croatia Veres Naja Marie Aidt Denmark Bulbjerg Elo Viiding Estonia Foreign Women Juhani Brander Finland from ExtinctionChristine Montalbetti France Hotel Komaba Eminence with Haruki Murakami George Konr d Hungary Jeremiah s Terrible Tale Steinar Bragi Iceland The Sky Over Thingvellir Julian Gough Ireland English The Orphan and the Mob Ornan Choile in Ireland Irish Camino Giulio Mozzi AKA Carlo Dalcielo Italy Carlo Doesn t Know How to Read Inga Abele Latvia Ants and Bumblebees Mathias Ospelt Liechtenstein Deep In the Snow Giedra Radvilaviciute Lithuania The Allure of the Text Goce Smilevski Macedonia Fourteen Little Gustavs Stephan Enter Netherlands Resistance Jon Fosse Norway Waves of Stone Michal Witkowski Poland Didi Valter Hugo M e Portugal dona malva and senhor jos ferreiro Cosmin Manolache Romania Three Hundred Cups Victor Pelevin Russia Friedmann Space David Albahari Serbia The Basilica in Lyon Peter Krist fek Slovakia from The PrompterAndrej Blatnik Slovenia from You Do Understand Juli n R os Spain Castilian Revelation on the Boulevard of Crime Josep Fonalleras Spain Catalan Noir in Five Parts and an Epilogue Peter Stamm Switzerland Ice Moon Deborah Levy United Kingdom England from Swimming HomeAlasdair Gray United Kingdom Scotland The Ballad of Ann Bonny Penny Simpson United Kingdom Wales Indigo s Mermaid
  • Title: Best European Fiction 2010
  • Author: Aleksandar Hemon Zadie Smith Ornela Vorpsi Antonio Fian Elo Viiding Peter Terrin Jean-Philippe Toussaint Igor Štiks
  • ISBN: 9781564785435
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Paperback

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MJ Nicholls Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
This European Fiction series is a commendable and awesome idea, and as Zadie Smith says in her intro, one size does not fit all with anthologies. But the Best European Fiction 2011 collection was ordered in a more palatable way (not alphabetical by country as arranged here) and seemed a richer and more bountiful batch than this debut. Among my personal favourites were the excerpt from Ornela Vorpsi’s novel The Country Where No One Ever Dies, Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s ‘Zidane’s Melancholy [...]
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Yngvild Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
Generally, I avoid anthologies of short stories. They tend to collect the second rate, those pieces not quite good enough to make money for the author any other way. Best European Fiction 2010 was an exception: the quality of the writing was excellent overall, and one or two pieces were outstanding. Considering European populations, this was not a statistically “fair” survey of countries (30), languages (26) or genres, although it was a good mix. For example, there was a crime mystery by Orn [...]
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Laura Leaney Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
This anthology moves from the completely depressing to the completely depressing. Who can blame the writers? Not me. I can't possibly know what living outside of America's fat and relatively peaceful boundaries might be like - but it's more than interesting to read the artistic sensibilities of Latvian, Estonian, and Croatian writers. The stories here all seem linked thematically by death - and in one fascinating story by Peter Terrin of Belgium, the world's citizens are allowed to kill two peop [...]
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Kristen Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
This was a challenging read in many ways, but I was glad of the experiece. Since it was a fiction collection rather than a short story collection, some of the pieces left me confused and unsatisfied without understanding of the point or "ending", but there were a few pieces that struck me & I believe will stay with me such as "Resistance", about a chess teacher's effect on a group of schoolboys over a few weeks, and "The Orphan and the Mob" which was incredibly funny especially the strange d [...]
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Megan Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
Not sure if I'm going to finish this one. It started out with a fabulous Albanian story, which got me really excited about the collection. But then it devolved into a mass of post-apocalyptic pseudo-stories with anonymous protagonists. In one (Finnish?) piece, it has become legal to commit a certain number of murders, as long as we report our acts to the government. In another piece, an elderly man writes an old-fashioned letter to his son who is now living several planets away, inviting him to [...]
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debra47 Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
Recommend these stories as the plot lines quite unusual. Also great way to be introduced to new authors.
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John Vanderslice Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
A superb edition in what is a regular, long-running series. Picked it up several years ago, and just recently got around to reading it. Wish I had done so sooner! If you're an American, it's great to encounter writers you never have before but probably should have. A nice mix of styles too in this volume, from the satirically ridiculous ("Friedmann Space" by Victor Pelevin) to the subtly impactful ("Ice Moon" by Peter Stamm) to the word-heavy ("The Sky Over Thingvellir" by Steinar Bragi) to the [...]
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Aiden O'Reilly Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
Is any general statement possible about fiction coming from over thirty different countries across Europe? Surprisingly one or two can be made. Fiction in the English-speaking world places great value on colloquial dialogue and realistic setting. The reader might be expected to have some familiarity with the location, might even have followed a soap opera set there. But a writer in Latvia will be not be so concerned with communicating the idiosyncrasies of Rigan slang. Instead there are more gen [...]
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Andrew Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
This was a very interesting collection of short stories from around Europe. There's one piece from each country, so it really felt like a broad and varied collection rather than being weighted toward particular countries. One thing I didn't like is that some of them were extracts from longer pieces, which I don't think works very well. A short story is crafted specifically to fit that length; an extract from a novel, no matter how well-written, often feels dissatisfying to me because I feel as i [...]
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Drew Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
I was very interested by an anthology of short stories as well as the clever frame of choosing stories from across Europe. I've found some of my favorite writers by dabbling in a novel here or a short story there, so I picked up this volume with high expectations. I was disappointed.The editor started by talking about the decline in quality of American writers and the lowbrowing of the American audience, I found that many of the stories in this volume offered little in the way of actual story te [...]
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Poupeh Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
Thanks to Dalkey Archive and Alexander Hemon, here is a very diverse unique collection of short stories. Stories that might not make any sense according to traditional rules of writing or what they teach us in creative writing classes, but stories that are very entertaining and engaging nonetheless, taking one on a really European trip - with fresh structures, styles, narrations, characters, etc. couple of favorite parts randomly picked: "All my lovers give me bookmarks. They seem to think i mus [...]
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Katya de Becerra Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
I got this one checked out from my local library for one reason and one reason only: Victor Pelevin's Friedmann Space. This is also the reason for 5-star rating. For those of you who do not know Pelevin First of all, drop everything right now and go read whatever of his you can find! And secondly, he's a bad-ass Russian genius, whose genre-bending-defying novels and short stories pretty much defined the generation of young Russian readers growing up in the terrors of the 90s 'perestroika'. I was [...]
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Charles Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
If this is the best Europe had to offer in 2010, I would be very surprised and disappointed.Most of these stories tried too hard to be deep and vague and dreamlike and incomprehensible.Fortunately it was pretty easy to figure out which ones were like that and I could skim along to the end.Of course you don't expect to read something like this and like everything.I was hoping to find a few good ones and I did:The best was "The Orphan and the Mob" by Julian Gough (Ireland)Also some pretty good sto [...]
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ChristopherRyan Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
This collection was a terrible let-down. Most of the stories were overrun with narrative intrusion, meandering vantages, and dull premises. The ones that worked best, such as Peter Stamm's, were stories in the truest sense of the art: they worked around a singular premise, used precise and clear yet not simple language, and intended to simply tell a damn good story (as Stamm explained in his bio/statement). The other 90% were frustrating, overly self-conscious, pretentious, or just plain dull. M [...]
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Nathanimal Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
A little disappointed that the stories I liked the most were the stories I knew I'd probably like the most, namely Toussaint, Pelevin. However there were some good discoveries, too. Irish guy, Julian Gough, funny stuff! Julian Rios, you reminded me of Borges and Sebald. Montalbetti of France, your imaginary date with Murakami was like a dream in slow motion. Albahari of Serbia and Manolache of Romania, very nice to meet you.Overall I'm just really pleased with the position Dalkey Archive has tak [...]
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Rachael Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
A couple of outstanding stories, some mediocre stories, and some that just tried way too hard to be Huxley or Bradbury.The writer's statements were amusing. Almost all cited Kafka as an influence. They would all list to or three world renowned authors then one obscure (or at least one obscure to me, an American) as if to say, "See, I read other things, just like you." Some false modesty thrown in for good measure.I do appreciate Aleksandar Hemon's purpose: I wish there was more international lit [...]
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Jean Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
This was due at the library before I could finish all of it. A few stories stuck out to me and I really enjoyed them (the one about Zinedine Zidane was my favorite). But I think contemporary fiction like the pieces chosen for this book aren't my thing. I appreciate the writing and what's happening with it, but the style overall isn't my favorite. That being said, from what I read, I think Hemon curated a good and well-represented collection.
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Bradley Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
Most of this book is just total garbage. Except - Viktor Pelevin. I will have to make a note - check out Homo Zapien and more Russian Science Fiction for once, finally, someone has fused Marxist themes, and Socialist ethics, with Science Fiction definitely the stand out piece in this anthology, in my opinion, was Pelevin's short story - Friedmann Space. The rest was clearly written on a per word basis overbloated rhetoric. bleck.
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Katie Vincent Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
Some really great stories in here. Favorites: Victor Pelevin's "Friedmann's Space" (Russia), Giulio Mozzi's "Carlo doesn't know how to read" (Italy), and Ornela Vorpsi's "from 'The Country Where No One Ever Dies'" (Albania). Others are at least okay, but worth the author bio's and process notes/personal statements at the end; very interesting from a writer's perspective.
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Natalie Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
As an editor, Hemon did an excellent job of choosing the stories to go into this collection. I enjoyed that each country has a selection, which exposes readers like me to new literature. For countries from which I have read many works, I felt that Hemon's selection captured the literary culture of that country.
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Jason McKinney Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
A solid collection of stories that range from the postmodern to traditional, and everything in between. The entries come from all over Europe and several countries are represented more than once. Standouts include "The Orphan and the Mob", "Friedmann Space", and "Revelations on the Boulevard of Crime".
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Oriana Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
For some reason I've been resisting the idea that I ought to read this book. But WTF? I love love Dalkey Archive. I definitely respect Aleksandar Hemon. I certainly of course want to read more literature in translation. I think the insanely rad Victor Pelevin has a story in here. Everyone who reviews it says it's a necessary and successful and brilliant project. So what am I waiting for??
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Lauren Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
I thought this would be all short stories, but I was wrong. It only says fiction so that was my mistake. It is mostly excerpts and short stories with a couple sections that are several tiny stories and there is also one poem. The back has info about the authors and I wish they'd been before each author's section. The stories were a pretty even mix of good, OK, and not so great.
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Carol Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
It is very helpful to read fiction from parts of the world where the Iowa Writers school method does not dominate (although a few of the writers in this anthology admire their American counterparts). Of the writers I liked best, I seemed to gravitate to the Balkans: Igor Stiks, Neven Usumovic, and David Albahari especially appealed to me.
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Kerry Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
Definitely European. I was amazed at how well it was easy to "read" the country into the tale, even if I hadn't checked to see where one of the stories was from. Some are longer/harder reads than others, but overall, I loved this.
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Marley Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
There were only a few stories from this collection that I connected to. The rest were very strange or dull. I couldn't help thinking about how important finding a good translator is, in reading foreign authors.
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Dawn Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
I found most of this collection to be overly dense and "arty," not very accessible. Some of it was frankly incomprehensible. I'm an apologetic Midwestern American on this one. I can't help that I like curly fries.
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Fabio Bensoussan Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
A master work in anthologies, Hemon brings us short stories from all Europe, including authors whose countries and languages lead them to a kind of cultural isolation.
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Andrea DeAngelis Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
Some of these stories are simply stunning, well worth a perusal at the least.
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Stephanie Mar 30, 2020 - 12:15 PM
On the whole, a good collection. There were a few stories that, while certainly well-written, lacked the type of punch I expect from a short story.
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Best European Fiction 2010 By Aleksandar Hemon Zadie Smith Ornela Vorpsi Antonio Fian Elo Viiding Peter Terrin Jean-Philippe Toussaint Igor Štiks Historically, English language readers have been great fans of European literature, and names like Franz Kafka, Gustave Flaubert, and Thomas Mann are so familiar we hardly think of them as foreign at all What those writers brought to English language literature was a wide variety of new ideas, styles, and ways of seeing the world Yet times have changed, and how much do wHistorically, English language readers have been great fans of European literature, and names like Franz Kafka, Gustave Flaubert, and Thomas Mann are so familiar we hardly think of them as foreign at all What those writers brought to English language literature was a wide variety of new ideas, styles, and ways of seeing the world Yet times have changed, and how much do we even know about the richly diverse literature being written in Europe today Best European Fiction 2010 is the inaugural installment of what will become an annual anthology of stories from across Europe Edited by acclaimed Bosnian novelist and MacArthur Genius Award winner Aleksandar Hemon, and with dozens of editorial, media, and programming partners in the U.S UK, and Europe, the Best European Fiction series will be a window onto what s happening right now in literary scenes throughout Europe, where the next Kafka, Flaubert, or Mann is waiting to be discovered.List of contributorsPreface Zadie SmithIntroduction Aleksandar HemonOrnela Vorpsi Albania from The Country Where No One Ever DiesAntonio Fian Austria from While SleepingPeter Terrin Belgium Dutch from The Murderer Jean Philippe Toussaint Belgium French Zidane s Melancholy Igor Stiks Bosnia At the Sarajevo Market Georgi Gospodinov Bulgaria And All Turned Moon Neven Usumovic Croatia Veres Naja Marie Aidt Denmark Bulbjerg Elo Viiding Estonia Foreign Women Juhani Brander Finland from ExtinctionChristine Montalbetti France Hotel Komaba Eminence with Haruki Murakami George Konr d Hungary Jeremiah s Terrible Tale Steinar Bragi Iceland The Sky Over Thingvellir Julian Gough Ireland English The Orphan and the Mob Ornan Choile in Ireland Irish Camino Giulio Mozzi AKA Carlo Dalcielo Italy Carlo Doesn t Know How to Read Inga Abele Latvia Ants and Bumblebees Mathias Ospelt Liechtenstein Deep In the Snow Giedra Radvilaviciute Lithuania The Allure of the Text Goce Smilevski Macedonia Fourteen Little Gustavs Stephan Enter Netherlands Resistance Jon Fosse Norway Waves of Stone Michal Witkowski Poland Didi Valter Hugo M e Portugal dona malva and senhor jos ferreiro Cosmin Manolache Romania Three Hundred Cups Victor Pelevin Russia Friedmann Space David Albahari Serbia The Basilica in Lyon Peter Krist fek Slovakia from The PrompterAndrej Blatnik Slovenia from You Do Understand Juli n R os Spain Castilian Revelation on the Boulevard of Crime Josep Fonalleras Spain Catalan Noir in Five Parts and an Epilogue Peter Stamm Switzerland Ice Moon Deborah Levy United Kingdom England from Swimming HomeAlasdair Gray United Kingdom Scotland The Ballad of Ann Bonny Penny Simpson United Kingdom Wales Indigo s Mermaid

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