The Literature Express

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Dalkey Archive Press, 2013 - 220 pages

A bevy of mediocre writers are invited to a seminar aboard a specially chartered train, and this novel tracks their progress across Europe: bitter, bickering, and self-absorbed. Aboard this Literature Express is a Georgian author whose love for the wife of his own Polish translator seems as doomed as his hopes for international success; worse still, it seems all the novelists congregated on The Literature Express intend to write their next books about their time on the train... Can our Georgian author compete? Is there any hope for contemporary literature, or, barring that, at least his own little love affair? "The Literature Express" is a riotous parable about the state of literary culture, the European Union, and our own petty ambitions--be they professional or amorous.

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About the author (2013)

Lasha Bugadze was born in 1977 in Tbilisi. He is a playwright, novelist, newspaper columnist, and television and radio announcer. He has authored four novels and numerous plays; his works have been published in Georgian, Russian, Armenian, French, German, Polish, and English. His story The Sins of the Wolf appeared in Best European Fiction 2013.

Maya Kiasashvili is a translator of Georgian literature. She co-translated Flight from the USSR by Dato Turashvili, which was published in 2012.

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