Synopses & Reviews
The launch of Dalkey's series was nothing short of phenomenal, with wide-ranging coverage in international media such as magazine, the , , , , and the ; glowing reviews and interviews in print and online magazines such as the , , , and the ; radio interviews with editor Aleksandar Hemon on NPR stations in the US and BBC Radio 3 and 4 in the UK; and a terrific response from booksellers, who made an "Indie Next" pick and created table displays and special promotions throughout the US and UK. For 2011, Aleksandar Hemon is back as editor, along with a new preface by Colum McCann, and with a whole new cast of authors and stories, including work from countries not included in .
With authors ranging from the familiar (Hilary Mantel) to the obscure (Macedonia's Blaze Minevski) to the internationally acclaimed but underappreciated in the U.S.A. (Spain's Enrique Vila Matas; Hungary's László Krasznahorkai; Poland's Olga Tokarczuk) the second volume of this lauded series makes good on the first's promise. Zurab Lezhava's "Sex for Fridge" is the madcap story of a Georgian woman who tries to trade her body for a discount on a run down refrigerator. Iulian Ciocan's "Auntie Frosea" takes as its depressing protagonist an impoverished Moldovan housewife whose only knowledge of the world outside her village comes from the beamed in Brazilian soap opera she's addicted to. There's also plenty of Euro surrealism: Olga Tokarczuk's haunting "The Ugliest Woman in the World" tells the story of a man who marries and has kids with a rather unbecoming woman while László Krasznahorkai's "The Bill" is a nine page one sentence meditation on the zone between male desire and possession. With stories from Montenegro Cyprus and even tiny Liechtenstein aside works from Turkey Estonia and most of Western Europe this edition packs both a stylistic punch and a satisfying range. (Nov.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
Dalkey has published an anthology of short fiction by European writers, and the result, Best European Fiction, is one of the most remarkable collections I’ve read—vital, fascinating, and even more comprehensive than I would have thought possible.
[W]e can be thankful to have so many talented new voices to discover.Starred Review. With authors ranging from the familiar (Hilary Mantel) to the obscure (Macedonia's Blaze Minevski) to the internationally acclaimed but under-appreciated in the U.S.A. (Spain's Enrique Vila-Matas; Hungary's Lszl" Krasznahorkai; Poland's Olga Tokarczuk), the second volume of this lauded series makes good on the first's promise.... With stories from Montenegro, Cyprus, and even tiny Liechtenstein aside works from Turkey, Estonia, and most of Western Europe, this edition packs both a stylistic punch and a satisfying range.Best European Fiction 2011is the second in what, with any luck, could turn out to be an annual series.... it is easy to appreciate what Mr. Hemon calls 'the depth and width and beauty of human experience' represented here. -- Larry Rohter
“Best European Fiction is an exhilarating read.”—Time
For 2011 Hemon is back as editor, along with a new Preface by McCann, and with a whole new cast of authors and stories, including work from countries not included in "Best European Fiction 2010." ""Best European Fiction" is an exhilarating read."--"TIME."
“Best European Fictionis an exhilarating read.”—Time
" is an exhilarating read."--
About the Author
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.