Trafika Europe: Essential New European Literature, Vol. I


Choice offerings from the first year of the Trafika Europe quarterly journal edited by Andrew Singer, with sumptuous black-and-white photographs from former ASCAP Director of Photography Mark Chester – an excellent gift item!

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  • Dimensions: 6″ x 9″
  • Page Count: 184 pages
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-271-07465-8
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press

These fourteen selections—from seven women and seven men, seven poets and seven fiction writers—represent some of the most accomplished writing in new translation from Europe today; this volume opens a window onto some emerging contours of European identity. Former ASCAP director of photography Mark Chester complements the writing with sumptuous black-and-white photos from across Europe.

“This anthology is especially precious because of the little-known languages featured. Poems and excerpts from novels originally written in Occitan, Latvian, Faroese, Icelandic, and Armenian rarely crop up in lively translations even in the—too few—American venues hospitable to foreign literature. But here they are! Kudos to Trafika Europe for their energetic exploratory work. These stimulating pieces will spark thought and talk about the startling variety and less visible unities of European writing.”

“[R]arely heard and distinctive voices from the gorgeous polyphonic chant of European literature… [T]he languages toll like bells ringing in counterpoint to accustomed strains. These ‘trajectories of longing’, beautifully told with particulars strange and familiar, will stir your soul.”—Tess Lewis, former Board Member, National Book Critics Circle

Contributors: Vincenzo Bagnoli, Ewa Chrusciel, Christine DeLuca, Mandy Haggith, Stefanie Kremser, Aurélia Lassaque, Wiesław Myśliwski, Jóanes Nielsen, Edvīns Raups, László Sárközi, Marko Sosič, Jón Kalman Stefánsson, Nara Vardanyan, and Māra Zālīte.

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