Academic journal article The Review of Contemporary Fiction

Editor's Note

Academic journal article The Review of Contemporary Fiction

Editor's Note

Article excerpt

This issue of the Review of Contemporary Fiction, our third Dalkey Archive Annual, showcases works that are forthcoming over the next year--and it's a particularly interesting list, branching into literary territory that the Press doesn't often essay. It is, as always, a very international selection as well: We've included works from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, the Czech Republic, France, Norway, Romania, and the U.S., and are very pleased to be debuting our first Slovenian novel, Vlado Zabot's haunting Succubus.

Our focus is, as ever, divided between the sublime, the ridiculous, and the devastating--ranging from Herve Le Tellier's comic, Oulipian take on erotic fiction (The Sextine Chapel), to Heimrad Backer's deeply unsettling excavation of the polite, even poetic language of the Third Reich's culture of extermination (transcript). Backer's work is one of three nonfiction titles presented here: we are also very pleased to debut the preface to acclaimed philosopher Lars Svendsen's gripping examination of our tendency, as a species, to produce cultures like Nazi Germany: A Philosophy of Evil. We have also included a section from the Journal of the late photographer Alix Cleo Roubaud: in this unique and heartbreaking work, we find her revealed not only as an inspiration to her husband, Jacques Roubaud--whose masterpiece The Great Fire of London was written, in part, as a reaction to her premature death--but also as a profound influence on his poetics, and a major voice in her own right. …

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