Best European Fiction 2013

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2013 may be the best year yet for Best European Fiction. The inimitable John Banville joins the list of distinguished preface writers for Aleksandar Hemon's series, and A. S. Byatt represents England among a luminous cast of European contributors. Fans of the series will find everything they've grown to love, while new readers will discover what they've been missing!

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Overview

2013 may be the best year yet for Best European Fiction. The inimitable John Banville joins the list of distinguished preface writers for Aleksandar Hemon's series, and A. S. Byatt represents England among a luminous cast of European contributors. Fans of the series will find everything they've grown to love, while new readers will discover what they've been missing!

Dalkey Archive Press

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Editorial Reviews

Wall Street Journal
““The collection’s diverse range of styles includes more experimental works than a typical American anthology might . . . [Mr. Hemon’s] only criteria were to include the best works from as many countries as possible.””
Time
““Best European Fiction is an exhilarating read.””
Booklist Starred Review
““Readers for whom the expression ‘foreign literature’ means the work of Canada’s Alice Munro stand to have their eyes opened wide and their reading exposure exploded as they encounter works from places such as Croatia, Bulgaria, and Macedonia (and, yes, from more familiar terrain, such as Spain, the UK, and Russia).””
New York Times
““Best European Fiction 2010 . . . offers an appealingly diverse look at the Continent’s fiction scene.””
Starred Review - Booklist
“"Readers for whom the expression ‘foreign literature’ means the work of Canada’s Alice Munro stand to have their eyes opened wide and their reading exposure exploded as they encounter works from places such as Croatia, Bulgaria, and Macedonia (and, yes, from more familiar terrain, such as Spain, the UK, and Russia)."”
Time Magazine
“"Best European Fiction is an exhilarating read."”
Library Journal
One might expect the fourth edition of this series, an instant classic, to have a celebratory sameness. But while the selections remain diverse and high quality, this new volume has a different feel from its predecessors—somewhat more meditative and spookier and noticeably concerned with the totalitarian mind-set, governmental or otherwise. Whether that reflects the current state of European writing or editor Hemon’s preoccupation while reading, the result is still engrossing. Altogether 32 countries are represented, from Iceland to Macedonia; one story is translated from Basque, while another, translated from German, is by a Turkish writer. It’s especially charming to see Tomás Mac Síomóin’s eerie, is-the-doctor-mad “Music in the Bone,” a work from Ireland that’s been translated from Irish. Other standouts include Finish Tiina Raevaara’s “My Creator, My Creation,” a dark Coppelia-like tale about what we can and cannot control; Belgian Paul Edmund’s “Grand Froid,” a sinister, absurdist story about a play’s performance that makes us rethink art vs. reality; Georgian Lasha Bugadze’s “The Sins of the Wolf,” about a reader who stubbornly insists that an author’s characters are real; and Ukrainian Tania Malyarchuk’s zany “Me and My Sacred Cow.” Dividing the stories thematically (e.g., space, memory) might have been heavy-handed but actually seems to work.

Verdict Highly recommended for discriminating readers.—Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564787927
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 11/20/2012
  • Pages: 500
  • Sales rank: 142,354
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Aleksandar Hemon

Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man, and The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2008. Born in Sarajevo, Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for several months. While there, Sarajevo came under siege, and he was unable to return home. Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and a “Genius Grant” from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of fourteen novels including The Book of Evidence, which was shortlisted for the 1989 Booker Prize. He lives in Dublin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    Boring

    Usually I enjoy European authors. this anthology is uninteresting.

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