Best European Fiction 2016

Best European Fiction 2016

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ISBN: 9781628971149

Publication Date: 11/27/2015

With preface by Jon Fosse, winner of the 2023 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Since 2010, this anthology has been an essential resource for readers, critics, and publishers interested in contemporary European literature. In this, the seventh installment of the series, Best European Fiction 2016 continues its commitment to uncovering the best prose writing happening on the continent—from Azerbaijan to Denmark, from Portugal to the Ukraine—featuring work by established authors such as Josef Winkler, Christian Gailly, and João de Melo, as well as up-and-coming writers like Krisztina Tóth, Justyna Bargielska, Veronika Simoniti, and Bessora

The volume is also a forum for the best translators working today, featuring new translations by Lawrence Venuti, Vera Rich, Amaia Gabantxo, Adrian Nathan West, and many more. Also featuring a provocative prefatory essay written by John Fosse, Best European Fiction 2016 is another essential report on the state of global literature in the twenty-first century.


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

"Take their word for it, then: it’s literature. For sure it’s European, and it’s of much interest to literary readers and writers on this side of the pond." Kirkus Reviews

“The anthology Best European Fiction 2016 combines 29 different writers from across the continent, here translated into English. Concerned largely with politics or literature, the standout story is Veronika Simoniti’s pertinent "A House of Paper," in which a translator is convinced her body is shrinking as some sort of penance for her lifetime of ‘counterfeiting […] in another language.’” —Ruth Gilligan, The Irish Independent


AUSTRIA: Josef Winkler, The Word Flew Away
AZERBAIJAN: Nijat Mamedov, Streaming
BELARUS: Alhierd Bacharevic, The Art of Being a Stutterer
BELGIUM (French): Michel Lambert, Long Night
BULGARIA: Vladimir Poleganov, The Birds
DENMARK: Claus Beck-Nielsen, The Author Himself
ESTONIA: Ilmar Taska, Apartment for Rent
FRANCE: Christian Gailly, The Wheel
GEORGIA: Tsotne Tskhvediani, The Golden Town
HUNGARY: Krisztina Tóth, from Pixel
IRELAND: Rob Doyle, John-Paul Finnegan, Paltry Realist
LATVIA: Māra Zālīte, The Major and the Candy
LIECHTENSTEIN: Armin Öhri, The Interrogation
LITHUANIA: Paulina Pukytė, from A Loser and a Do-Gooder
LUXEMBOURG: Nico Helminger, from Luxembourg Lions
MACEDONIA: Rumena Bužarovska, Waves
MOLDOVA: Ion Buzu, Another Piss in Nisporeni
MONTENEGRO: Ilija Đurović, The Five Widows
POLAND: Justyna Bargielska, from Born Sleeping
PORTUGAL: João de Melo, Strange and Magnificent Powers
ROMANIA: Marius Daniel Popescu, from La Symphonie du loup
SERBIA: Srđan V. Tešin, Where Is Grandma, Where Do You Think She’s Hiding?
SLOVENIA: Veronika Simoniti, A House of Paper
SPAIN (Basque): Harkaitz Cano & Andoni Aduriz, from Mugaritz: B.S.O.
SPAIN (Catalan): Edgar Cantero, Aesop’s Urinal
SWITZERLAND (French): Bessora, Voyage Under Narcosis
SWITZERLAND (German): Michael Fehr, The Apparent Fisherman and Real Drunkard
UKRAINE: Artem Chapeye, Son, Please
UNITED KINGDOM (Wales): Huw Lawrence, Restocking