Eastern Europe

Most of the City

Theme: Eastern Europe To Czechoslovakia we have gone and now we read the haunting and touching vignettes of Pavel Brycz’s I, City.  Brycz’s city is Most, Czechoslovakia, the city that narrates this homage itself, to what it is and once was.  There is a definite history that frames the context of this novel in fragments;…

Is It Possible to Be This Miserable?

Theme:  Eastern Europe The Maimed by Hermann Ungar wonderfully terrifying descent into paranoia, perversity and the power of abuse.  Well-written and captivating from the opening sentence, this novel tells the depressing story of Franz Polzer.  Ungar leads us with a perfect narrative through a tale that offers no lasting happiness for the tortured soul of…