Central European Classics

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Referring to this new series of books on Penguin.

Mostly curious about Capek but wanna read 'em all...

Not sure about the covers.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 4 May 2010 19:25 (eleven years ago) link

interesting series

have only read the cioran and the bernhard

dunno how I feel abt the covers either

bobby vajazzler (cozen), Tuesday, 4 May 2010 19:28 (eleven years ago) link

Josef Skvorecky is a classic? Time is flying.

Foster Brooks, You're Dead! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 May 2010 19:28 (eleven years ago) link

have only read the cioran and the bernhard

Same here! Not heard of five of those authors, might have to do some investigating.

Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Farting in Space (NickB), Tuesday, 4 May 2010 19:31 (eleven years ago) link

Why wouldn't Skvorecky be a classic?!

Il suffit de ne pas l'envier (Michael White), Tuesday, 4 May 2010 19:33 (eleven years ago) link

I dunno, just being snarky, sorry.

Foster Brooks, You're Dead! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 May 2010 19:40 (eleven years ago) link

I only ever tried to read The Bass Saxophone about twenty-five years ago- sufficient time has passed that I should give him another chance.

Foster Brooks, You're Dead! (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 May 2010 19:52 (eleven years ago) link

a short history of decay is really brutal - if u can keep the essays w/in context its really good but if u dont its like "welp, no reason not to shoot myself peace" well b4 the end.

i feel like i have 100% read the cowards but cant remember anything abt it.

Baedeker's time and space (Lamp), Tuesday, 4 May 2010 20:32 (eleven years ago) link

from the optimism of pre 1914 Central Europe


the subject of many paedo's thoughts (history mayne), Tuesday, 4 May 2010 20:34 (eleven years ago) link

My Happy Days in Hell: ace. Great to see it back in print. It's as good as the Cioran while having exactly the opposite point of view and better jokes.

I thought I knew Milosz but never heard of Proud To Be A Mammal.

alimosina, Tuesday, 4 May 2010 20:35 (eleven years ago) link

Josef Skvorecky is a classic?

If so, then why not Vizinczey? (His review of one of Von Rezzori's books was the most annihilating I've ever read and put me off Von Rezzori forever.)

Confession of bias: for me, Central Europe means Hungary and then a vague region around it.

alimosina, Tuesday, 4 May 2010 20:48 (eleven years ago) link

Read Krudy's Sunflower (NYRB) and thought it was fantastic. His short stories would be interesting.
I would love to get ahold of some of these. Any idea if there'll be American versions too?

wmlynch, Tuesday, 4 May 2010 22:06 (eleven years ago) link

The description of the Mrozek book is making me drool.

wmlynch, Tuesday, 4 May 2010 22:07 (eleven years ago) link

Bought them all, except the Capek, which I already had, and is brilliant.

why not Vizinczey

Penguin did just publish him as a classic a few months ago.

The covers are by gray318: http://bookcoverarchive.com/gray318

two weeks pass...

I have all the Krudy available in English to date, and bought this collection as soon as I opened this thread. 'Sunflower' is great, but 'Adventures of Sindbad' is just my favorite book.

Soukesian, Thursday, 20 May 2010 19:32 (eleven years ago) link

ws listing ...Sinbad in the books bought thread the other day.

The new LRB has a review of Cioran and an overview of his work.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 20 May 2010 19:41 (eleven years ago) link

Re Faludy: gotta love somebody who broke up with his male partner of 36 years to marry a 26-year-old woman, at the age of 92.

(Well, unless you were a Hungarian friend of mine. She just shook her head and went tsk, tsk, tsk.)

alimosina, Thursday, 20 May 2010 19:52 (eleven years ago) link

Link to a talk around this...

xyzzzz__, Monday, 24 May 2010 09:55 (eleven years ago) link

thanks for the tip on the cioran art, julio, picked up the LRB this afternoon :)

I really should renew my subscription

cozen, Monday, 24 May 2010 15:22 (eleven years ago) link

noticed there's a michael wood article on wire and tremeh in there too

cozen, Monday, 24 May 2010 15:28 (eleven years ago) link

Three stories into the Krudy, and it's glorious stuff, his own pick of his best short writing.

Soukesian, Monday, 24 May 2010 18:03 (eleven years ago) link

Ws reading Sinbad today: it is a marvel.

No probs Cozen - thoroughly enjoyed my one year 'gift' subscription (if I wasn't on it I'd probably get hold of 1 in 3 issues). The main thing is the archive: currently reading an article on Milosz from Dec '81.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 24 May 2010 18:43 (eleven years ago) link

are these sold in a bundle somewhere?

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 25 May 2010 10:30 (eleven years ago) link

saw them 3 for 2 in blackwells today if that helps

thomp, Wednesday, 26 May 2010 09:43 (eleven years ago) link

four months pass...

What about Eastern Eastern Europe: Bulgaria, the former Balkans, the Baltics, Ukraine, and further toward Asia even...anyone explored that? It just struck me there is almost nothing I can think of whereas there is lots of Poles, Czechs, Hunagarians, the odd Romanian -- *big gap* --- Russians.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 2 October 2010 20:46 (ten years ago) link

Good point--Dalkey Archivr has some fascinating-looking stuff from these countries. I need to investigate further.

buildings with goats on the roof (James Morrison), Monday, 4 October 2010 01:19 (ten years ago) link

Stuff from the big pile of Harvills in our flat which I enjoyed:

Gustav Herling (Poland): The Island
Milos Tsernianski (Serbia): Migrations
Slobodan Selenic (Serbia, born Croatia): Premeditated Murder (btw I was much less keen on his "Father and Forefathers)

Stuff from the big pile of Harvills which remain to be read but which I am assured are very fine:

Ivo Andric (Bosnia): Bosnian Chronicle
Jaan Kross (Estonia): The Czar's Madman

If you're including Albania you can count all of those Kadare novels (I think my favourite is "The Pyramid" actually, but I'm a sucker for a project management novel).

If you're being otherwise generous in definition, there's Aleksandar Hemon, a Bosnian (I think) now based in Chicago and writing brilliantly in English.

I have no idea whether all or any of the above count as "classics" obv.

Tim, Monday, 4 October 2010 10:31 (ten years ago) link

Great. Ivo Andric is all I've heard of (he won the Nobel).

A project management novel sounds irresistible. Off I go to meet my milestones!

xyzzzz__, Monday, 4 October 2010 20:55 (ten years ago) link

one month passes...

I just read "Bosnian Chronicle", inspired by this thread. It's tremendous, although I found it very slow going. It's about Bosnia, but you only really see Bosnia around the edges of the main plot, which centres on the French (and to an extent Austrian) consulate in Travnik during the Napoleonic wars.

It doesn't sound very nice there, then.

Tim, Wednesday, 10 November 2010 10:30 (ten years ago) link

So writing about what he knows then? Andric was an ambassador.

I've read so much about the moment of decline of the Austro-Hungarian empire that I haven't got round to actually reading that much about its heyday.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 11 November 2010 21:21 (ten years ago) link


licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Thursday, 11 November 2010 21:34 (ten years ago) link

ten years pass...

It is, a couple of things I'll follow -up on. Thanks

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 16 February 2021 23:57 (four months ago) link

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