Best European fiction 2010 by Aleksandar Hemon

By Aleksandar Hemon

Traditionally, English-language readers were nice lovers of ecu literature, and names like Franz Kafka, Gustave Flaubert, and Thomas Mann are so everyday we infrequently think about them as overseas in any respect. What these writers dropped at English-language literature was once a wide selection of latest rules, types, and methods of seeing the area. but occasions have replaced, and what sort of can we even find out about the richly diverse Read more...

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Edited through acclaimed Bosnian novelist and MacArthur Genius Award-winner Hemon, the easiest eu Fiction sequence deals a window into what is occurring in literary scenes all through Europe. Read more...

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They had been impressed by the cooks killing the fish. Our daughter suggested they try it themselves, and her brother, while skeptical, did nothing to hold her back. Since there was no net at hand, they decided to drop something heavy over the edge of the tank onto the head of one of the fish. They took a large amethyst out of the display case in which my cousin displayed her fine china and other valuables. The children approached the edge of the tank, managed to attract the most playful of the sea creatures, the dolphin, and let the stone fall on its head—killing it instantly.

The street was about a hundred meters long. All sorts of people occupied the houses on both sides. They’d painted the trim around their windows, marking the small rosettes impressed into the plaster with bright colors. They heard me yell and saw the neighbor come out, he thought. How long before someone calls the police? As far as I know, I’ve never made anyone around here angry. Nevertheless, someone will make the call sooner or later. They’d rather see me dead than alive. They don’t know what goes through my mind.

The front door, his means of escape, was less than three meters away. It was unreachable. He couldn’t move, not until the echo of his words died away. Again he saw the image of the girl. Her face was frozen in panic. I don’t know her, he said to himself. I’ve never seen her before. The axe began to weigh down his arm. He was racking his brain trying to assure himself that he’d never killed anyone aside from his wife. He also wondered what he should do with his axe. The New Measures required that you report your murder and hand in the weapon.

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