Featured Books

Calypso Editions has been supportive of this blog and deserves to be noticed.  This press has generously supplied me with four books for review (marked below with an asterisk), all of which I cherished, and I look forward to more collaborations with them.  Please visit their website and support them in their efforts to publish global literature with translations of integrity.

Altering States: Ethnographies of Transition in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union edited by Berdahl, Bunzl, and Lampland

Anna Édes by Dezső Kosztolányi

The Balkan Express: Fragments from the Other Side of War by Slavenka Drakulić

The Beggar's Opera by Václav Havel

Best European Fiction edited by Aleksandar Hemon

The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andrić

*Building the Barricade and Other Poems by Anna Swir


Crumbling Walls and Tarnished Ideals: An Ethnography of East Germany Before and After Unification by Hans Baer

Description of a Struggle: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Eastern European Writing edited by Michael March

Do Not Awaken Them With Hammers by Lidija Dimkovska (bio and a sampling of her work)

Europe, Europe: Forays Into A Continent by Hans Magnus Enzenberger

The Foundation Pit by Andrei Platonov

*Froth: Poems by Jarosław Mikołajewski

A Guided Tour Through the Museum of Communism by Slavenka Drakulić

The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism by Tina Rosenberg

*How Much Land Does A Man Need by Leo Tolstoy

How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone by Saša Stanišić

How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed by Slavenka Drakulić

Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944 - 1956 by Anne Applebaum

Kornél Esti by Dezső Kosztolányi

The Last Revolutionaries: German Communists and Their Century by Catherine Epstein

Mad Dreams, Saving Graces: Poland - A Nation In Conspiracy by Michael T Kaufman

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

*Of Gentle Wolves: An Anthology of Romanian Poetry edited and translated by Martin Woodside

The Rush to German Unity by Konrad H. Jarausch (mentioned here and here)

Russia's Lost Literature of the Absurd: Selected Works of Daniil Kharms and Alexander Vvedensky edited by George Gibian

The Siege by Ismail Kadare

Spoiling Cannibals' Fun: Polish Poetry of the Last Two Decades of Communist Rule edited and translated by Stanisław Barańczak and Clare Cavanagh

Srebrenica: A Record of a War Crime by Jan Willem Honig

Stasiland by Anna Funder

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

Under the Frog by Tibor Fischer


WE by Yevgeny Zamyatin