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Best European fiction 2010 by Aleksandar Hemon

By Aleksandar Hemon

Traditionally, English-language readers were nice lovers of ecu literature, and names like Franz Kafka, Gustave Flaubert, and Thomas Mann are so frequent we infrequently reflect on them as overseas in any respect. What these writers delivered to English-language literature used to be a wide selection of recent rules, types, and methods of seeing the realm. but instances have replaced, and what kind of will we even learn about the richly diverse Read more...

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Edited by way of acclaimed Bosnian novelist and MacArthur Genius Award-winner Hemon, the simplest eu Fiction sequence bargains a window into what is taking place in literary scenes all through Europe. Read more...

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We could talk about everything then. He suggested I pick him up at the airport, so I took a rental car to our appointment, which—because I don’t have my own license—I had my seventeen-year-old daughter drive (though it was strange for this to be allowed, considering the driving age in Vienna is eighteen). She drove slowly and carefully so that, undisturbed, I could prepare some friendly greetings in English, with which I hoped to win Wainwright over. This turned out to be superfluous, however. He spoke fluent German, and right after we’d shaken hands he told me he still didn’t know where he’d be staying in town.

Despite the silence, he felt no peace. He laid his arms on the armrests, head on the headrest, but he could still hear his heart beat, keeping him from relaxing. I can’t stay here. I have to get away. He stood up, went to the kitchen, and opened the refrigerator. He bit into a tomato, tasted something strange, and spit the cold mess into the garbage can. He used his hand to wipe his mouth. Then he went into the bathroom. Standing on a stool, he removed the picture of his wife that had always hung on the wall.

He gave her a friendly greeting as he passed her door. ” The dog ran up to Ferdinand, sniffed him once, and then discovered something more interesting on the sidewalk. That doesn’t mean anything, he thought. Everyone’s become a murderer. Her words are completely meaningless. Finally, five or six houses further on, Ferdinand looked behind him. She was still watching him from her open door, her head straight, as though resting on an invisible cushion. She lives too far away from my house, he thought.

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