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Poetry
Three Poems by Ewa Lipska

Three short, brilliant poem by Polish poet Ewa Lipska.

Poetry
A Gloss on the Ten Commandments by Zsófia Balla

“So, when I write, I should / keep your commandment—but how?” a poem by Hungarian poet Zsófia Balla, in Anna Bentley’s translation.

Poetry
“To rebuild means to trust” by Kateryna Kalytko

The Ukrainian poet Kateryna Kalytko considers the trust required to rebuild on unsteady ground, in a world between stages of renaming.

Non-Fiction
Spirits Old and New by Ljuba Arnautović

Under communism, the sculptures of the Nanai were replaced by portraits of new leaders, but communism proved less enduring than Nanai traditions.

Poetry
During the phone call by Adam Borzič

This poem by the passionate, poetically mystical Czech poet Adam Borzič, full of images and allusions, reveals his feeling for beauty and human fragility.

Non-Fiction
There Are More Things… by Mircea Cărtărescu

In this essay, Romanian writer Mircea Cărtărescu, explores the limitations of our knowledge, and the infinite possibility of the incomprehensible.

Fiction
The Bride of Zorro by Thomas Raab

Anton loves Marie, no doubt about it, but what’s a man to do without so much as a rejection, a disparaging glance? A unsettling tale by Thomas Raab.

Fiction
The Last Terrorist by Máté Makai

In this dystopian, Hungarofuturist short story by Máté Makai, an investigative journalist follows a cell of time-travelling climate terrorists.

Fiction
I Rocked Up and Down on the Branch a Bit More by Miklós György Száraz

Two boys, of very different fates, consider friendship and cruelty in this short story by Hungarian writer Miklós György Száraz.