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“In Britain, hardly anything, fiction or non-fiction, written by Poles, Balts, Hungarians, Czechs, etc., etc., finds its way into British bookshops (unless it’s a Nobel prizewinner). Instead, we get reports by people who do quick trips, like Michael Palin and Kirsty Wark, which amount to semi-cultural, semi-touristic soundbites about what are in reality complex countries. First the TV series; then the book. Eastern & Central Europeans rarely get the chance to speak for themselves, to describe their own lives, either in fiction, or non-fiction. And authors in those countries also write “ordinary” literature; not everything written there is about WWII and the Gulag. Brits miss out on most of this.”

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