Eastern Europe

Belle Czech Artist Alphonse Mucha

Theme: Eastern Europe Although we have been discussing the varied literary works of Eastern Europe, this by no means can prevent me from sharing the inspiration and awe I felt after visiting the Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) exhibit at the Fabre Museum in Montpellier, France last week.  A true Czech and a true artist, he was…

And Speaking of Great Writers…

Theme:  Eastern Europe Noteworthy Still carousing our way through Eastern Europe, I wanted to mention a few odds and ends that merit some attention.  First off, I have covered the work of Czech author Bohumil Hrabal in the past(review of Closely Watched Trains), and I will be covering I Served the King of England in…

A Polish Wilbury

Theme: Eastern Europe Since we are now waist-deep in the vast and rugged literary landscape of Eastern Europe, it’s appropriate to introduce a book that is the ultimate travelogue to accompany us on our journey.  Fado by the Polish writer Andrzej Stasiuk reads like a urban shepherd traversing the land around him not for answers…

Juniper Brandies with My Dad

Theme: Eastern Europe “Nothing original, in short they live off the human flesh thrown into the water after a burial ceremony.  They grab the bodies downstream and eat the flesh.  It’s already been roasted but mostly it’s also gone rancid and rotten and they love that because the do it for the religious reasons, and…