Today, bookworm Beatrice Kneip tells us about 'Black Fountain Press's' latest book - full of local writers.
"Slowly but surely, English is becoming the fourth literary language in Luxembourg - alongside Luxembourgish, German and French.
Two years ago, Black Fountain Press, Luxembourg's first publishing house for literature in English, was founded and no, not as one might think by English-speaking expats, but by 4 native Luxembourgers: Jeff Thill, Anne-Marie Reuter, Nathalie Jacoby and Laurent Fels. Their latest publication Fresh from the Fountain is an anthology, featuring 29 short texts, both prose and poetry, by both native English speakers and authors from Luxembourg.
Why write in English when you already have three different languages to choose from?
Well, the reasons for this are as diverse as the authors themselves. Actually they get to explain their choice in an appendix at the end of the book.
Who are the authors?
Some of them are British or American-born expats, like Susan Alexander, Jess Bauldry or James Leader; others originally hail from the Netherlands, Hungary or Bangladesh.
Yet others were born right here in the Grand Duchy, and have already made a name for themselves in the local literary scence and beyond. Like the poet Lambert Schlechter whose works have been published in Luxembourg, Quebec, Belgium and France. Or the novelist Tullio Forgiarini, winner of the European Union Prize for Literature in 2013. Some have long written in English, like Pierre Joris or Claudine Muno, others are just beginning to experiment with English as a literary language.
The mixture of texts is just as diverse. A commuters first experience with the brand new tram, a very disturbing father-daughter relationship or a wedding unlike any other, with stories set in Luxembourg, Ireland, Ukraine, or indeed just about anywhere in the world.
So, what do all these texts have in common? Two things come to mind: they are all in English; they are all different.
"Bea Kneip is a regular bookworm who likes to share her passion with others. She writes and presents "Lecture vun heiheem", a weekly radio broadcast on books from Luxembourg for RTL Radio Lëtzebuerg"
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