Friday, 16 September 2011

Best European Fiction

Possibly the best two books I've read in the last two years are Best European Fiction 2010 and Best European Fiction 2011.

These two books contain short stories from (almost) every European country and have introduced me to many great authors who I had absolutely no idea about.

They don't quite live up to editor Aleksandar Hemon's bold claim about the 2010 edition, "How could we call ourselves a literate culture without it?" (Come on, pal - get a grip.) Nonetheless, these books are extremely important, and I don't know of any other anthologies operating on this kind of grand scale.

Long may this fucking excellent series continue.

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