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“The Dangerous Charm of Leaving”: Bogdan Rusev’s “Come To Me,” Translated from Bulgarian by Ekaterina Petrova

By Philip Graham   The discovery of contemporary Bulgarian literature has been one of the great gifts of my recent reading life. Though the books I’ve read can be quite varied, they seem connected by a combination of humor and soulful melancholy, a literary territory where trouble can perhaps best be endured by sad or […]

Time and the Elastic Object in Piotr Paziński’s “THE BOARDING HOUSE,” Translated from Polish by Tusia Dabrowska

By Judith Vollmer Time is the muse and director of Piotr Paziński’s novel The Boarding House, in which a grandson returning to the site of childhood visits to his grandmother enters a claustrophobic journey into a broken world.  The Time-muse, though austere, also exercises a seductive presence, advancing the sinuous pace of the novel in […]

Fosse-Boathouse

“Write, Don’t Think”: Jon Fosse’s Boathouse, translated by May-Brit Akerholt

Reviewed by David Smith In the late 1980s, around the time he wrote Boathouse, Jon Fosse was a teacher at the Creative Writing Academy in Bergen, Norway. (One of his students was a nineteen-year-old Karl Ove Knausgaard, as related in book 5 of My Struggle.) “When I was a teacher,” Fosse has said, “I would […]

Mikheil Javakhishvili-Kvachi

The Hero That History Forgot: Mikheil Javakhishvili’s Kvachi, Translated by Donald Rayfield

Reviewed by Amanda Sarasien It would seem with tongue in cheek that the narrator of Georgian author Mikheil Javakhishvili’s novel, Kvachi, first recounts the birth of his picaresque hero, Kvachi Kvachantiradze. Intensely audible descriptions of an unprecedented storm, juxtaposed with equally vivid depictions of his mother’s labor screams, lend an epic quality to Kvachi’s entrée, […]