People in the West are aware of the hardship and bewilderment that accompanied the political and economic transformation of central and eastern Europe after 1989. They also believe that they understand the origins of the problem. But they do not realize that the events of 1989 completely altered cen…
Top Reads 2021
‘It’s no good joining an existing cult, you have to start one yourself.’
A short story by Japanese author Sayaka Murata, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori, who also brought us Convenience Store Woman and Earthlings.
Have You Met Husband?
‘The oysters were her idea, a way of catching me off guard. I accidentally said yes.’
A story by Amy Silverberg.
‘I often had head lice as a child.’
Memoir by A.K. Blakemore, author of The Manningtree Witches.
A Bleed of Blue
‘I was trying simultaneously to numb the grief I felt and to burrow into that grief, so I could stand in it.’
On love, its absence and Joni Mitchell’s Blue album.
‘I want the poem to destroy time. / What are the ceremonies of forgetting?’
Nick Laird’s elegy for his father, Alastair Laird, who died of Covid-19.
Translated by Paul Wilson
Paul Wilson is a Canadian translator and writer. He lived in Czechoslovakia for ten years before he was exiled by the Communist government. He is currently working on a translation of Vaclav Havel’s play The Memorandum.More about the translator →