Thursday, November 06, 2003

Department of Blowing My Own Horn

Iron and Velvet: a Decade of New Czech Writing

"Almost fifteen years have passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the lifting of the Iron Curtain. During this time, the Czech Republic, newly divorced from its long-time partner, Slovakia, has experienced a period of transition and reorientation, and while the Velvet Revolution brought desired freedom of expression, it also resulted in a time of re-evaluation and turbulence. Transcript ( invites readers to discover its sixth edition, devoted to Czech literature of the 1990s. Writers featured include Jáchym Topol, Milos Urban, Patrik Ourednik, Petr Kabes, Petr Borkovec, Katerina Rudcenkova and Kveta Legatova."

For the English-language version, go here.

My contributions to this issue consist of a translation of a short story and comments on the publishing of Czech lit in the United States.