View Full Version : Good Authors from Eastern Europe
06-23-2009, 01:50 AM
Well, I was going over my education today, and I just figured something out: I've been reading for my whole life and have read just about nothing from across the Iron Curtain. Any good suggestions?
I've heard of Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Nabokov, and Chekhov. Is there anyone else that I'm missing?
06-23-2009, 01:59 AM
Witold Gombromowicz, or Dorota Maslowska* if you want something a little more recent.
06-23-2009, 05:41 AM
Definitely Gombrowicz like Revvy said. Mrożek too.
Or you might wanna try fantasy writers. Not hardcore gay elf, beardy dwarf type fantasy, but something that is more Witcher-like: Sapkowski, Pilipiuk, Piekara, Szmidt are the first ones that come to mind. Their books encompass loads of awesome settings and plots - 19th century Russia or Sweden, or some lowly village in Poland with an old exorcist that makes moonshine and uses a Sten to scare away agents of the EU, or the above mentioned Witcher, which is one of the first and few types of fantasy where the main character isn't the good guy. Piekara has some satire-like books about Poland, but also a great line of works about an inquisitor and his job. Szmidt just writes damn well.
Yes, you should definitely check out The Good Soldier Švejk by Hasek.
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