Eastern Europe month March 2015

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Now I do like a  good reading month, so far  I have run two Spanish Lit months and now want to do an Eastern european reading month , i tried and failed to do a Polish one a few years ago so East Europe seems a better chance more countries more writers .What countries you may ask  , so all the countries in this picture  , or them since the split of the eastern bloc so this map shows it just before the split ,of course there is many more countries now .I for one have a huge collection of books from the former Eastern Bloc countries waiting to be read also some of my favourite pulishers, publish from their Istros books and Twisted spoon  .Have you a favourite country and writer from the former Eastern Bloc ?



25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. messy_tony
    Jan 06, 2015 @ 10:24:23

    I’ll join in Stu – I have a couple of Istros Books unread (“The Great War” being one) and like you I love their books, enlightening writing.


  2. erdeaka
    Jan 06, 2015 @ 12:11:07

    Wow, Eastern European fiction! Awesome. I’m always curious about it, such a shame I have no source at all to join you, but I sure will keep on the updates in your blog :)))


  3. Caroline
    Jan 06, 2015 @ 14:29:14

    I might join. Since, as you wrote, it includes so many countries, I’m sure I’ll manage at least one book.


  4. Caroline
    Jan 06, 2015 @ 14:29:33

    Forgot to say – it’s a great idea, Stu.


  5. My Book Strings
    Jan 06, 2015 @ 15:20:13

    Great and interesting idea! I have a few books that fit, and I should be able to read at least one of them.


  6. vicky blake
    Jan 06, 2015 @ 18:23:23

    Herta Muller’s The Land of Green Plums – but a gruelling read.


  7. lizzysiddal
    Jan 06, 2015 @ 18:33:19

    More reasons to read (East) German fiction? I’m in! 🙂


  8. Jonathan
    Jan 06, 2015 @ 21:03:34

    This sounds appealing. I’ve been meaning to re-read some books by Ivo Andrić for a while and this might give me a good excuse. I used the German Lit Month as an excuse to re-read some books so it should work here as well. I may even find some new ones! Does it include Russian material as well?


  9. Martha G
    Jan 06, 2015 @ 21:58:53

    Good idea Stu! I’m about halfway through the 756 page The Museum of Abandoned Secrets by Oksana Zabuzhko, I may finish it by March.


  10. maphead
    Jan 07, 2015 @ 03:19:33

    Nice! I like a lot! Goes well with Rose City Reader’s European Reading Challenge, not to mention others like the Mysteries in Ink’s Global Reading Challenge.


  11. MarinaSofia
    Jan 07, 2015 @ 12:10:49

    I have a few books already lined up and waiting to be read, although I’d have liked to bring more Romanian writers to the table (and I wouldn’t be able to do that without buying some new books, but have a book-buying ban currently on). I think it will be Polish for me, mainly.


  12. 1streading
    Jan 07, 2015 @ 19:26:21

    I’d certainly be up for this – one of favourite areas for sourcing fiction! I love these months as it allows me to search through my books, often finding ones I had forgotten about!


  13. Mytwostotinki
    Jan 08, 2015 @ 09:56:58

    Great idea, Stu – you can count me in. The literature of this region is extremely interesting. Since I live since many years in Bulgaria, it will not surprise you that I have at least two books from Bulgaria on my TBR pile: Virginia Zaharieva: Nine Rabbits and Alexander Shpatov: #LivefromSofia, both published in English last year.


  14. Richard
    Jan 13, 2015 @ 20:25:01

    Fine idea, Stu–should produce lots of interesting and maybe overlooked novels for review.


  15. beckylindroos
    Jan 30, 2015 @ 14:49:26

    Ismael Kadare? He’s great – Albanian. The File on H and many others.


  16. Jody
    Feb 08, 2015 @ 14:17:45

    I`ll be reading Vilnias Poker by Ricardas Gavelis from my TBR pile.
    Set in Soviet controlled Lithuania in the 1970`s.
    Heavy doses of paranoia.


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  18. MarinaSofia
    Mar 01, 2015 @ 19:46:32

    I’ve found a Moldavian book, although it is mainly set in Italy (about economic migration), so I may read that instead. The Good Life Elsewhere by Vladimir Lorchenkov.


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