Best European Fiction 2011 by Aleksandar Hemon
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Best European Fiction 2011 is the second installment of an annual anthology of stories from across Europe. Edited by acclaimed Bosnian novelist and MacArthur "Genius-Award" winner Aleksandar Hemon, with a preface by Irish novelist Colum McCann, and with dozens of editorial, media, and programming partners in the U.S., UK, and Europe, the Best European Fiction series will be a window onto what's happening right now in literary scenes throughout Europe, where the next Kafka, Flaubert, or Mann is waiting to be discovered.


About Aleksandar Hemon

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Born in Sarajevo, Aleksandar Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. While he was there, Sarajevo came under siege, and he was unable to return home. Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. His work now appears regularly in The New Yorker, Granta, The Paris Review, and Best American Short Stories. He is the author of The Question of Bruno and Nowhere Man, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Hemon was awarded a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004. Riverhead will publish Hemon’s next book, Love and Obstacles, in 2009.
Published November 22, 2010 by Dalkey Archive Press. 544 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The New York Times

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But look, whichever sounds the least criminal, that’s the one I’d like to go with.” In his preface to the collection the Irish-born, New York-based novelist Colum McCann argues that two important characteristics of contemporary European fiction are “the fluidity of movement from one coun...

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The Guardian

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Deeply sincere, emotionally brave stories are – it must be said – not in plentiful supply, but there's room for an extended metaphysical lark about the footballer Zinedine Zidane and a fantasised breakfast with Haruki Murakami in which the author and Murakami are "in the same place, but not gover...

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The Guardian

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Best European Fiction 2011 Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop This collection of 40 stories translated from 37 languages, from places ranging from G...

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Publishers Weekly

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There's also plenty of Euro-surrealism: Olga Tokarczuk's haunting "The Ugliest Woman in the World" tells the story of a man who marries and has kids with a rather unbecoming woman, while László Krasznahorkai's "The Bill" is a nine-page, one-sentence meditation on the zone between male desire an...

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Open Letters Monthly

So now that we have the new Dalkey volume, Best European Fiction 2011, it’s worth noting upfront that these are the best European stories mainly according to the tastes of a single reader, series editor Aleksandar Hemon.

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