Trafika Europe hosted a warm and wonderful evening of Latvian literature at the Latvian Mission to the United Nations in New York, with three visiting literary lights: Nora Ikstena, Liāna Langa and Margita Gailītis, on Friday May 1st, 2015. As Ambassador Jānis Mažeiks noted in his introduction, we were “both legally… and culturally in Latvia” for the evening, and a bilingual approach greatly enhanced the readings throughout.
Trafika Europe – Four Takes was a great evening of works in translation from Danish, Czech, Bosnian and Armenian. In this, our first New York City event, four excellent literary translators presented and discussed their latest work, at Word Up Community Bookshop, in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, Wednesday, April 8, 2015.
John O’Brien, Founder and Publisher of Dalkey Archive Press, has joined the Trafika Europe Board of Advisors. Dalkey Archive is regarded by many as the leading publisher of avant-garde fiction and literature in translation in English-language. Since its inception in 1984, Dalkey Archive has amassed a remarkable body of talent; its not-for-profit stance has allowed the freedom to experiment and showcase works of notable quality and formal excitement independent of commercial considerations.
At Trafika Europe, we’re inspired by Dalkey Archive’s ceaseless dedication to finding and keeping accessible gems of literature from many cultures. It is hard to overestimate the value of such rare and fine initiatives, for which Trafika Europe has greatest affinity. We’re grateful to John O’Brien and pleased to welcome him to our advisory board; we certainly look forward to the enriching conversation it brings to our project.
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Will Evans, founder and publisher of Deep Vellum Publishing has just been welcomed as the newest member of Trafika Europe’s Board of Advisors. Deep Vellum is an exciting new not-for-profit publishing house devoted to literary translation, with the mission to “promote translation as a vital part of our literary culture.”
We are so happy to welcome Prof. Dr. Ervin Laszlo to the Trafika Europe Board of Advisors. One of the great renaissance thinkers of our times, Dr. Laszlo is an advisor to the UNESCO Director General, ambassador of the International Delphic Council, and a member of the International Academy of Science, World Academy of Arts and Science, and the International Academy of Philosophy. He has the highest degree from the Sorbonne University in philosophy of science, and is generally credited with founding systems philosophy.
Dr. Laszlo served as research director at the United Nations headquarters in New York, authoring over 20 studies there on the new world economic order, and regional and interregional cooperation – the latter a topic dear to us at Trafika Europe.
In this fascinating interview, we speak with Siri Hustvedt, author of the novel, The Blazing World, about secrets in her own and others’ work, narrative coherence, the role of translation and multi-lingualism in shaping culture, and a bit about philosophy of mind, brain and language. (23 minutes)
We speak with Susanne Scholl about her novel, Emma’s Silence, at the Austrian Cultural Forum during the New Literature from Europe festival. We discuss the relation between storytelling and politics, the state of refugees and migrants in today’s Austria and the wider EU, and the role writers might have in increasing dialogue on such issues.
We interviewed Magdaléna Platzová on her new book, Aaron’s Leap, during her participation in the New Literature from Europe festival, where Trafika Europe was a media partner.
Trafika Europe has been chosen as a media partner with the New Literature from Europe festival, to be held at the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York City, December 5-6, 2014.
Trafika Europe has just hosted and presented “Northern Idyll”, a great week of literary events featuring new literature from Europe’s northern islands, as a part of the Edinburgh summer festival, at Summerhall, August 5th-10th, 2014.