The twice Pushcart Prize nominated, Kirkus Best Fiction nominated, PEN Best Translation nominated collection of short stories Devil is a Black Dog is out today in the US. There is much more to say, but we are typing on a broken finger, and under multiple deadlines, so this brief message and best wishes for the holidays will have to suffice.
You can find The Devil is a Black Dog’s Amazon page here.
This week B O D Y Literature, an ambitious on-line literary review out of Prague, published three of my translations from Sándor Jászberényi’s short story collection The Devil is a Black Dog. Spanning Gaza, Sudan, and Yemen, you can find the stories here, here, and here.
Shockingly good news: The Devil is a Black Dog is among Kirkus Review’s nominees for their Best Fiction prize. All we have to do is beat out the likes of Ha Jin and Alice Munro. Yup, should be a cinch.
That’s a starred review from Kirkus for Devil is a Black Dog.
“The old joke says that if fairy tales begin, “Once upon a time,” then war stories always start with, “You ain’t gonna believe this….” Translated from the Hungarian, journalist Jászberényi’s stories about war correspondents, combatants and victims ring as true as any nonfiction. In the opener, “The Fever,” we meet the author’s main channel to readers, a jaded war reporter named Daniel Marosh, who’s suffering from his illness in a Sudanese backwater on his way to yet another conflict zone. “I am smiling because I don’t regret anything, really,” he tells us. “I never wanted to live a sensible life. I never wanted to be a model citizen, have a family, or even a child. If something like that happened, it would end in total failure. I only have answers when the circumstances are clear, like life and death; that’s when I feel best, when the questions are easy, uncomplicated by the reflexes of a dying civilization.” This is heady, dizzying writing, rapt with cleareyed descriptions of armed children, brutal executions, sniper fire and sandstorms.”
For the rest, see the on-line review here.
It’s that time again: BUK-A-PEST, the Write Like Bukowski Contest. Buk-a-likes will read prose and poetry inspired by Charles Bukowski on the evening of October 29, here in blustery Budapest. That’s at smokeless, but no less stinky, Klub Vittula. More info on the Facebook page here. Peter Strickland DJ set, if you’re still standing.