Deyan Enev, photo by Justine Тoms, via Wikimedia Commons

Ian Mole reviews ‘Circus Bulgaria’ by Deyan Enev

                  Circus Bulgaria is a collection of fifty short stories, some of them less than two pages long and many of them like postcards from a place that’s way past its best, the protagonists often struggling to survive in difficult circumstances. Although there is no definite time-reference…

Ian Mole | June 7, 2014
Mikhail Shiskin - image by Efrolkina

Eugenia Ellanskaya sees novelist Mikhail Shishkin at Pushkin House

Mikhail Shishkin is considered to be one of the most outstanding Russian writers today. A winner of all major literary awards in Russia, he nonetheless remains surprisingly unknown to many readers both in Russia and abroad. With five novels and two short-stories produced in the past twenty years, his books have now been translated into…

Eugenia Ellanskaya | May 24, 2014
Courtyard of 59 Népszinház, viewed from top floor

‘The Yellow Star Houses of Budapest’, by Nick Barlay.

I first saw the bullet holes in 1978, when I was 15 years old. They were dotted around the wall, at knee height, just inside the main entrance of 59, Népszinház Street, a large three-storey block of flats in Budapest’s poorer Eighth District. This was where my father had lived as a child. He and…

Nick Barlay | May 24, 2014
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Darragh McKeon – All That is Solid Melts into Air: Reviewed by Jonathan Karstadt

On gazing at a ward full of young children born with horrific defects due to fallout from the Chernobyl disaster, Grigory Brovkin is preoccupied with the “beauty and ugliness resting within the single body of a diseased infant. The two faces of nature brought into stark relief.” Such contrasts are manifold in the story of Grigory; we…

Robin Ashenden | April 29, 2014