Danse Macabre :: Liviu Rebreanu

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Danse Macabre

by Liviu REBREANU

Translated from Romanian by Gabi REIGH


Written in the interwar period and published in 1927 under the name Ciuleandra, this psychological thriller captured the imagination of Romanian readers. The book opens with a shock as Puiu, an aristocrat, murders his wife after returning from a ball at the palace. To avoid a public trial and prison sentence, his father instead arranges to have him committed to a mental asylum.

Discussions with his psychiatrist reveal the madness and passion of Puiu through the imagery of the wild Ciuleandra dance of the countryside, where he met his future wife. Unfortunately for Puiu, though, his psychiatrist also knew and loved her first…

It is also a story of obsessive love and paints an interesting picture of the lives of the Romanian aristocracy at the beginning of the 20th century. The work echoes the world depicted by Russian writers such as Dostoevsky and Gogol, as moments of high drama and emotional intensity are punctuated with ironic descriptions of the corrupt boyar class.


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  • Scheduled for publication in mid-2021

About the author
Liviu Rebreanu (1885–1944) was a member of a group of writers responding to the changes in Romanian society after the First World War. His 1932 novel The Uprising documents the peasant uprising of 1907, highlighting the class divisions in Romanian society and inspiring sympathy for the rural poor. Danse Macabre remains a popular novel in Romania, and the film adaptation was longlisted for the Best Foreign Film Award at the Oscars in 1985.


About the translator
Gabi Reigh was born in Romania and moved to the UK in her teens. She has won the Stephen Spender prize for poetry in translation and is currently engaged in a translation project called ‘Interbellum Series’ focusing on works from the Romanian interwar period. The first titles in this series were Poems of Light by Lucian Blaga and three works by Mihail Sebastian: The Town with Acacia Trees, Women and The Star with No Name.

The Sorrow of Miles Franklin beneath Kajmakcalan :: Ivan Capovski

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The Sorrow of Miles Franklin beneath Kajmakčalan

by Ivan ČAPOVSKI

Translated from Macedonian by Paul FILEV


Miles Franklin, renowned Australian author and namesake of Australia’s most prestigious literary award, served as a nurse in the Ostrovo Unit of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals, situated near Lake Ostrovo and Kajmakčalan Mountain in Aegean Macedonia during the latter part of the First World War (1917–18). Her determination to aid others guides her through the horrors of the war, encountering the field hospital staff including AG Pollard, a painter from Dublin with whom she shares a tent, and a young Macedonian girl named Lina Sorovičeva, whose life and world have been devastated by the war.

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The Narcissism of Death :: Svetozar Savic

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The Narcissism of Death

by Svetozar SAVIĆ

Translated from Montenegrin by Vuk TOŠIĆ


Arrested for the suspicious death of his mother, “Bernard Novak” explains himself, in court and in prison:

Spending the night by chance in a seedy hotel near a quiet cemetery, he hears the laughter and moans of a couple having sex in a nearby room. Unexpectedly excited by the event, he watches as they leave… and falls in love with the beautiful woman, whom he immediately names M (for Midnight).
He recalls that he has seen the man before: Joko, a minor functionary in the government.

But why her? And why apparently in secret at an unknown hotel?
Obsessed with her, he tries to uncover her secrets. He arranges to “bump into her” at the dime store where she works, and she introduces herself, amazingly, as M! He continues unobtrusively stalking her, expanding their interaction until finally she writes her Skype handle on a newspaper he buys. The long talk begins, stretched over weeks of careful online conversation, gradually winning her trust at a distance, only to have his hopes shattered by his old, sick mother, who constantly claims new illnesses to worry herself and him about.

Their budding relationship shrivels and in despair he reaches out to M once again, in truth. And M comes to his home for dinner…


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  • Pages: 168
  • Trim size: 5″ x 8″ (127mm x 203mm)
  • ISBN
    Softcover: 978-4-908793-43-1
    Ebook: 978-4-908793-48-6
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About the author
Svetozar Savić: I was born and lived briefly in Nikšić, Montenegro, in a pink apartment on Serdar Šćepana Street. A significant portion of my inspiration can be traced back to there, although I spent part of my youth in Novi Sad and Belgrade, Serbia, where I received a degree in biotechnology. I finally settled down in Bar and Podgorica, Montenegro. The South is for me; I’m a Mediterranean in both body and soul—the ambivalence of heat and storm.
I believe that I can make a contribution to literature. I grew up with it and it doesn’t mind poverty. The Grape-Stomping Vat was my first novel, containing short stories in the form of a novel, shaped by Vin de liqueur in the Square of Arms in Kotor, thematically cyclic, with a symbolical title The Chronicles of a Grape-Stomping Vat. The Sculptor, my second novel, is about sculpting one’s own life and those of others. It was nominated as the Montenegrin candidate for the Meša Selimović Award in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


About the translator
Vuk Tošić (1976–) was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, to American-Serbian parents and raised bilingual. After much meandering, he enrolled in engineering at the University of Belgrade, before finally entering the field of translation. His professional focuses are literary and drama texts, academic papers, socially engaged projects… and when that’s done—he takes his dog and camera on adventures. He is a member of the Association of Literary Translators of Serbia, but carries around the unconfessed aspiration to someday become a 21st century Renaissance man.

A Biography of a Chance Miracle :: Tanja Maljartschuk

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A Biography of a Chance Miracle

by Tanja MALJARTSCHUK

Translated from Ukrainian by Zenia TOMPKINS


A Biography of a Chance Miracle explores the life of Lena, a young girl growing up in the somewhat vapid, bureaucracy-ridden and nationalistic Western Ukrainian city of San Francisco. Lena is a misfit from early childhood due to her unwillingness to scorn everything Russian, her propensity for befriending forlorn creatures, her aversion to the status quo, and her fear of living a stupid and meaningless life. As her friends enter college, Lena sets forth on a mission to defend the abused and downtrodden of San Francisco—be they canine or human—armed with nothing more than an arsenal of humor, stubbornness, chutzpah and no shortage of imagination. Her successes are minimal at best, but in the process of trying to save San Francisco’s collective humanity, she may end up saving her own. At first glance a crazy and combative girl, Lena just may be the salvation that the Ukrainians of San Francisco sorely need.

…a wonderful novel by one of the most talented and original contemporary Ukrainian literary voices — Tanja Maljartschuk. You will irresistibly fall in love with the young protagonist, Lena, with her courage to face the harsh realities of life in her country, her charmingly optimistic and occasionally witty stubbornness in opposing the social forces of dominance and governance, and her idealistic determination to create a better world…—Zoran Živković, World Fantasy Award winner

With haiku-like precision, Tanja’s deceptively simple writing style blends surrealism and magical realism with satirical wit, occasionally outlandish humor and poignant social commentary. The German literary media has described her depictions of contemporary Ukraine as full of humor and absurdity, but “more exact and harsher” than those of her peers, comparing her to the 19th-century Russian satirist Saltykov-Shchedrin and hailing her as “a name to be remembered.” This work, her most provocative to date, was a finalist for the 2012 BBC Book of the Year Award in Ukraine, and has been lauded as “simply ingenious” by fellow Ukrainian authors.

Winner of the 2018 Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, the top prize at the Festival of German-Language Literature, for her short story “Frösche im Meer.” This literary event, held annually in Klagenfurt, Austria, recognizes outstanding works in the German language, and this year Tanja Maljartschuk took the top prize at the event with the very first story she has written in her second language, German.


Reviews

  • Maljartschuk … reminds us that multiple layers of oppression can exist at once and that victims can also be executioners. Certainly, there is a hierarchy of needs, but the “smallest” ones are often a litmus test of society’s true values. Violence seeps down to the humblest levels…
    —Ali Kinsella, World Literature Today
  • …Zenia Tompkins’ translation delivers A Biography of a Chance Miracle to English speaking readers in its full quirky, irreverent, breezy and occasionally merciless splendor. […] a collection of stories that appear unnoteworthy at first glance, but swell and fill the imagination as one reads them. The final twist is both perfectly surreal and perfectly logical in a book whose hero’s stubborn faith—in herself, if nothing else—is nothing short of magic.
    Nina Murray, Compulsive Reader
  • I loved Maljartschuk’s prose and writing style because it is poignant yet subtle and humorous at the same time… The translation also needs to be commended, since the prose flowed effortlessly and all the cultural references were presented in a friendly way to those who may not be familiar with the Ukrainian culture.
    Akylina Printziou, The Literary Sisters
  • This is Maljartschuk’s first novel in English and an excellent one it is too, showing with humour and a serious approach the problems of modern-day Ukraine but the courage and, at times, foolhardiness of a young woman who tries to combat them.
    The Modern Novel
  • …a masterpiece of dark and gruesome humor – a book you won’t forget!
    Residenz Verlag (for the German edition)
  • …an appealing take on modern-day Ukraine, and a nice little life-of tale. … a vivid and entertaining story, with just enough poignancy to it.
    —M.A.Orthofer, The Complete Review
  • While A Biography of a Chance Miracle focuses very much on the young woman, the novel is really all about Ukraine in the post-Soviet era. Maljartschuk sets her character against a backdrop of a country where in order to survive, the people need to become resourceful and independent as quickly as possible. … One of the strengths of A Biography of a Chance Miracle is its light touch, with what could have been a grey tale enlivened by humorous touches.
    —Tony Malone, Tony’s Reading List
  • It’s well written, a fascinating peek into history and a part of the world many might not be aware of. Weird and surreal, yet subtle.
    Christine Morgan’s World of Words
  • …it is this second part of the book that makes this book so worthwhile. Lena’s struggles against the system are very well told, not least because Lena stands up to the system but does not always succeed and does not always behave in an exemplary manner. The background to the whole novel – the corruption, greed, incompetence, indifference, bureaucracy, brutality – all the faults that Maljartschuk sees in contemporary Ukraine – help illustrate and justify Lena’s stance.
    The Modern Novel
  • …wise, loving and absurd.
    —Ericka Achermann, St. Galler Tagblatt, Switzerland
  • …Kafka and Thomas Bernhard send their regards…
    —Erich Klein, Falter Magazine, Austria
  • Here irony turns into sarcasm, the smile on your lips freezes… This is a wonderful and at once bitter book, a screaming indictment in prose…Lena rises above this tristesse, a female Don Quixote of the humiliated and affronted, like a hovering Chagallian angel…
    —Sabine Berking, Das Frankfurter Allgemeine Magazin (FAZ), Germany
  • …a great talent has entered onto the stage of world literature here!”
    —Anne Hahn, Kiez-Ticker, Germany
  • With a surprisingly laconic wisdom, the young author manages to expose the entire absurdity of today’s Ukraine… A new strong voice—which, despite its youth, has already found its own style—has entered the literary scene here…
    —Andreas Pittler, Culturmag, Germany

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  • Pages: 234
  • Trim size: 5″ x 8″ (127mm x 203mm)
  • ISBN
    Softcover: 978-4-908793-41-7
    Ebook: 978-4-908793-42-4
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About the author
Tanja Maljartschuk is one of the most prolific and audacious young authors currently writing in Ukrainian, whose hallmark style blends searing social commentary with heartwarming humor and an appreciation for the human condition. The author of eight books of prose, her work has been translated into ten languages and is widely available in German. Tanja’s writing has been supported by various governmental and private fellowships from the Chancellery of Austria, the Academy of the Arts of Berlin, the Polish Ministry of Culture and KulturKontakt Austria, among others. She is a past winner of the Joseph Conrad Korzienowski Literary Prize (Poland-Ukraine) and the Kristal Vilencia Award (Slovenia). A Biography of a Chance Miracle, Tanja’s first novel and sixth book, was a finalist for the prestigious BBC Book of the Year Award in Ukraine, an award she subsequently won in 2016 for her novel Forgottenness. Individual stories of Tanja’s are available in English in the anthologies Best European Fiction, Herstories and Women in Times of Change, as well as in literary magazines such as World Literature Today (“The Demon of Hunger”), Words Without Borders, Belletrista (“Canis Lupus Famliaris”) and Apofenie (“Losers Want More”). A Biography of a Chance Miracle is Tanja’s first book to be made available in English; an English translation of her novel Forgottenness is in progress.


About the translator
Zenia Tompkins holds graduate degrees from Columbia University and the University of Virginia and began translating after fifteen years in the education and private sectors. She is the founder of The Tompkins Agency for Ukrainian Literature in Translation (TAULT), a nonprofit literary agency and translation house. This, her first translation, won the 2017 Kovaliv Fund Prize, a biennial American award for best translation of a Ukrainian work. Zenia is proficient in eight languages and translates exclusively from Ukrainian. She currently lives in Latin America as the spouse of a U.S. Foreign Service Officer.

Image Interpreter :: Zoran Živković

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The Image Interpreter

by Zoran Živković

Translated from Serbian by Randall A. Major
Part of The Zoran Živković Collection


In a carriage of the Paris metro, nine people cross paths one ordinary Friday morning: a retired office worker who comes there purely to read; a tourist revisiting the memories of sixty years ago; a funeral mourner who has discovered the beauty of cemeteries; an author in search of her characters; a young man with a reality problem; an elderly woman with memory issues; a military administrator with a secret hobby; a jilted woman who has the key to the perfect match; and a secret agent high on adrenaline. Each in turn encounters that ubiquitous and unavoidable gadget: the cell phone camera. Each comes to a realization that changes their life forever. But who is the tenth person in the carriage, and what do her photographs tell her about the other nine that they could not possibly know themselves?

 

The author’s latest masterpiece, finally available in English!
Long-listed for the 2019 International DUBLIN Literary Award


Reviews

  • One of the dangers of Živković’s fiction can be that one gets caught up in the clever construction, more concerned with how he’s going to pull it off than the actual substance, but there’s a lot of creativity and variety on display in these pieces, the stories, themselves. These are fun, unusual episodes, piece by piece, taking unusual turns and playing with a variety of interesting ideas, large and small. Meanwhile, the larger whole is satisfying too. Enjoyable entertainment, through and through.
    M.A.Orthofer, The Complete Review

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Zoran Zivkovic honored as European Grand Master in 2017 ESFS

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The genius of Cadmus Press author Zoran Živković of Serbia has been recognized with his selection as European Grand Master for 2017 by the European Science Fiction Society. The awards were announced on the 17th of June 2017 at the 39th Eurocon in Dortmund, Germany.
The ESFS presents awards to outstanding science fiction in several categories each year, and selects one European Grand Master to be added to their “Hall of Fame.”

Previous ESFS Grand Masters are:

  • 2016 Herbert W. Franke (Austria)
  • 2015 Eugene Lukin (Russia)
  • 2014 Jim Fitzpatrick (Ireland)
  • 2013 Terry Pratchett (UK) & Iain Banks (UK)
  • 2012 Brian Aldiss (UK)
  • 2011 Sam J. Lundwall (Sweden)
  • 2010 Andrzej Sapkowski (Poland)
  • 2009 Christopher Priest (UK)
  • 2008 (no award)
  • 2007 Johannes H. Berg (Norway)
  • 2006 Arkady and Boris Strugatsky (Russia) & Harry Harrison (Ireland)

Hidden Camera :: Zoran Živković

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Hidden Camera

by Zoran Živković

Translated from Serbian by Alice Copple-Tošić
Part of The Zoran Živković Collection


A quiet, somewhat neurotic undertaker spends his days caring for his exotic fish, and of course his silent bodies as they arrive. One day, quite out of the ordinary, he receives a ticket to the movies. The movie, however, turns out to be of him, apparently filmed without his knowledge! Convinced that he is being targeted by a TV reality show, he plays along, only to be dragged from one adventure to the next, in a fantastic journey that evolves into a story of love, of death, and of ultimate creativity.
And through his travails we discover new perspectives on our own roles in an increasingly insensitive and scripted world.

Hidden Camera was nominated for the 2007 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.


Reviews

  • Živković surveys the shifting line between paranoid fantasy and legitimate threat in his mystifying novel. When the unnamed narrator, an undertaker, is invited to a private film screening, he’s surprised to see that the movie is one sustained shot of himself sitting on a park bench.
    Publishers Weekly
  • A short, meaty book, this is an antimodernist parable heavy enough for you to know you’ve absorbed real substance, yet ironic enough to ensure you don’t want to kill yourself when it’s over. [A] wonderfully sardonic writer whose idiosyncratic vision so thoroughly serves his bleak, absurdist sense of fun.
    Michael Moorcock, The Guardian
  • …a work of unexpected beauty and surprise. Živković is seeking to communicate something about the nature of life and death, of existence and non-existence, which bends perception into new and challenging shapes.He marries the comic to the melancholic with an enviable balance and lightness of touch.
    Dan Hartland, Strange Horizons
  • Hidden Camera is a love story, a story of love and death; it is also a parable of creativity. Hidden Camera is typical of Živković’s circular narrative style: like a serpent swallowing its own tail, the last sentence of the story draws one straight back to the first. For Živković, the act of creation is an act of love.
    Tamar Yellin, Infinity Plus
  • An inherently compelling, exceptionally thought-provoking, and consistently entertaining read from beginning to end … unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections.
    Midwest Book Review

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First books in Zoran Živković Collection published!

We are delighted to announce the publication of the first two books in the Zoran Živković Collection:

Both feature stunning covers by Japanese artist Youchan Ito, and are available at Amazon and major booksellers worldwide. Refer to the individual book pages for more information!