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Product Details

  • Series: Best European Fiction
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press; First Edition edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564786803
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564786807
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #842,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[W]e can be thankful to have so many talented new voices to discover.” (Library Journal)

“Starred Review. With authors ranging from the familiar (Hilary Mantel) to the obscure (Macedonia's Blaze Minevski) to the internationally acclaimed but under-appreciated in the U.S.A. (Spain's Enrique Vila-Matas; Hungary's László Krasznahorkai; Poland's Olga Tokarczuk), the second volume of this lauded series makes good on the first's promise.... With stories from Montenegro, Cyprus, and even tiny Liechtenstein aside works from Turkey, Estonia, and most of Western Europe, this edition packs both a stylistic punch and a satisfying range.” (Publishers Weekly)

Best European Fiction 2011 is the second in what, with any luck, could turn out to be an annual series.... it is easy to appreciate what Mr. Hemon calls 'the depth and width and beauty of human experience' represented here.” (Larry Rohter - The New York Times)

“For one book to range so widely in geographical terms is a praiseworthy achievement in itself; to do so and encompass so many delightfully singular, fascinatingly overlapping talents is an achievement of another order.” (The Wall Street Journal)

About the Author

Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man, and The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2008. Born in Sarajevo, Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for several months. While there, Sarajevo came under siege, and he was unable to return home. Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and a “Genius Grant” from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

Nicole Krauss has been hailed by the New York Times as “one of America’s most important novelists.” She is the author of the international bestseller Great House, a finalist for the National Book Award, and Man Walks Into a Room. Her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Truffaut015 on February 15, 2012
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Despite the varied social, cultural, intellectual and ethnic settings of this superb collection, the overwhelming moods are ennui, anomie, and entropy (personal, political and social). I have rarely admired writing more and simultaneously found myself driven into deep gloom by any collection of stories. Read on a sunny day...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RobertOfAquinas86 on December 28, 2012
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Did you know that as American readers, or lovers of fiction; that we only read between 3-5% of writing which comes from other places than our beloved country, The U.S.A.? We are ethnocentric in our myopic choices of what we read. We are so much the poorer for the lack of diversity in our book choices! We are the losers in this world of literature! Think about it... then, take a look at what the remainder of the entire world has to offer you! These "Best Of" books are a great place to start! Robert, The English Professor *I do not lie nor ever exaggerate. Period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen on August 1, 2012
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I love the short story form and these Best European Fiction collections are varied and interesting. Definitely worth a look. As with any collection, you are drawn more to some styles, authors and themes than others but that's what makes anthologies interesting.

I also own the 2011 collection and will pick up each edition as it is published.
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By Constance Hays on February 25, 2014
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The book was a delight. Accomplished authors ,all with very different perspectives from the U.S.
Writers. I enjoy broadening my view of the world and this book helped me do that. I reach out to foreign TV and movies for the same reason. This book was a very good example of storytelling by Europeans.
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By Ashley on April 16, 2013
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I've been in love with "Best European Fiction" ever since they started their anthology in 2010. The stories are all so unique in writing style and the cultural background that influences them. I love that even if you don't have much time, you can read one of the short stories without feeling like you're rushing through or underappreciating it.
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