By Aleksandar Hemon
Traditionally, English-language readers were nice enthusiasts of ecu literature, and names like Franz Kafka, Gustave Flaubert, and Thomas Mann are so standard we rarely consider them as international in any respect. What these writers dropped at English-language literature was once a wide selection of recent rules, types, and methods of seeing the realm. but instances have replaced, and what kind of can we even find out about the richly diverse literature being written in Europe at the present time? top eu Fiction 2010 is the inaugural installment of an annual anthology of reports from throughout Europe edited by way of Bosnian novelist and MacArthur "Genius-Award" winner Aleksandar Hemon with dozens of editorial, media, and programming companions within the united states, U.K., and Europe. Read more...
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ALEKSANDAR HEMON BEST EUROPEAN FICTION 2010 [ALBANIA] ORNELA VORPSI FROM The Country Where No One Ever Dies I would like to dedicate this book to the word “humility,” which does not exist in the Albanian lexicon. Its absence can give rise to some rather curious phenomena in the destiny of a nation. 1 THE ALBANIANS LIVE ON AND ON, AND NEVER DIE Albania is a country where no one ever dies. Fortified by long hours at the dinner table, irrigated by raki and disinfected by the hot peppers in our plump, ever-present olives, our bodies are so strong that nothing can destroy them.
She spits these words out from between clenched teeth, her menacing glare cutting into me, and though I’m only thirteen and haven’t even seen whatever it is that men keep in their pants (a secret that I know has something to do with the fornication), I already have the feeling that I’m a perfect whore. My aunt’s staring makes me blush. Stiff with fear, I crawl into bed, thinking: “What if they do send me to the doctor and he finds out that I wasn’t born a virgin? ” Sleep finally overwhelms me as I beg my aunt in the silence of my room to accept the tragic fate that’s struck our family: “I swear, Auntie, I swear I haven’t done anything wrong!
Others, myself among them, feared the punishment that would surely follow such a demurral. In order to avoid this punishment, I attempted to bring as many members of the opposition to our side as possible. I convinced them that the boxes weren’t themselves a danger but rather a concession of the administration to our own needs—the boxes were only containers meant to store the smaller objects we’d brought into the prison with us, so that they wouldn’t get lost. Really, the boxes might even save our lives at some point, since, if the administrators really wanted to kill us, and the method had something to do with drowning, for example, the boxes could serve as life preservers, keeping us afloat.