This winter we'll be seeing two European lit anthologies from two of the best publishers of lit-in-translation.
To mark the twentieth anniversary of this momentous collapse, and to shed some light on how it came to pass, Words without Borders presents The Wall in My Head, an exciting anthology that features fiction, essays, images, and original documents to pick up where most popular accounts of the Cold War end, and trace the path of the revolutionary spirit of 1989 from its origins to the present day.
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.
Those of you who want new European fiction right now can turn to the latest issue of Absinthe. As always, the current issue (number 11) has a bunch of great material, including a new translation from the Greek by Karen Emmerich.
And for even more literature from Europe (more!) there will be two anthologies of contemporary German literature out this year, as reported at Words Without Borders.