LIT_CAST Slovakia


We are happy to inform you that we have just launched a new a series of regular podcast interviews about Slovak literature. The podcasts will be recorded on a weekly basis, alternating between German and English, and can be accessed via major online platforms, such as Spotify, ApplePodcast and GooglePlay. In the English version, LIT_CAST Slovakia, translator Julia Sherwood will be inviting translators, publishers, academics, writers and others to her virtual studio to talk to them about Slovak literature in English and related subjects. 

Episode 14 with Ľudmila Pánisová

In Lit_Cast Slovakia # 14 translation studies scholar Ľudmila Pánisová talks to Julia Sherwood about the legacy of Professor Anton Popovič and the need to treat the source text with respect; she welcomes the growing number of English translations of Slovak literature and suggests that more writing from the interwar and postwar period, as well as crime stories and books for children and young adults should be translated.


Episode 13 with Marie-Theres Cermann

In Lit_Cast Slovakia #13 translator Marie-Theres Cermann talks to Julia Sherwood about persuading German-language publishers to give Slovak writers a chance, about the joys and challenges of translating Balla, Marek Vadas and Ivan Medeši and why she believes the plight of refugees remains relevant even during the pandemic.

Episode 12 with Sarah Hinlicky Wilson

In Lit_Cast Slovakia #12, Lutheran pastor, publisher, editor and blogger Sarah Hinlicky Wilson, who grew up in the US and now lives in Japan, talks to Julia Sherwood about diving into the history of Slovakia and unearthing some forgotten gems in her quest to read every single Slovak novel available in English. She explains her criteria for rating books, recommends her favourite Slovak works of literature and unveils the most translated Slovak writer of all times.

Episode 11 with Mária Ferenčuhová

In Lit_Cast Slovakia #11, Slovak poet and translator Mária Ferenčuhová tells Julia Sherwood how the pandemic made her appreciate virtual literary events and turn from writing straight poetry to texts dealing with fragility, aging and dying, in an interdisciplinary and intuitive way of working. She also talks about translating Michel Houellebecq and cooperative translation of poetry, and recommends a bunch of Slovak poets to read in, or be translated into English.

Episode 10 with James Sutherland-Smith

In Lit_Cast Slovakia #10, James Sutherland-Smith talks to Julia Sherwood about his own poetry and the intuitive link he feels with the poets he translates, why he doesn’t believe in creative infidelity and why he finds translating prose more difficult than poetry and why he feels that being a man is no hindrance to translating women poets.

Episode 09 with Nataša Ďurovičová

In the ninth episode, Nataša Ďurovičová talks to Julia Sherwood about exile as the point of no return, reveals how creative writing came to be one of Iowa’s main exports alongside corn and pork, explains the different social need fulfilled by creative writing in the US and the rest of the world, and unpacks the writing and translation workshops at Iowa University.

Episode 08 with Michael Stein

In the eight episode, writer and journalist Michael Stein talks to Julia Sherwood about Central European sensibility, the surreal sight of a tourist-free Prague and the unforced surrealism in the writing of Uršuľa Kovalyk as well as subtle irony of Jana Juráňová,  and recommends his other favourite Slovak writers Pavol Rankov, Dušan Mitana, Peter Karpinský and Ondrej Štefánik.

Episode 07 with Katarina Gephardt

In the seventh episode, literature scholar Katarina Gephardt talks to Julia Sherwood about intrepid women travellers who helped shape an ambivalent image of Central and Eastern Europe in 19th century Britain, about generational memory and productive nostalgia in the writing of Verona Šikulová and Maroš Krajňak and her plans for a Companion to Contemporary Slovak Literature.

Episode 06 with Jonathan Gresty

In the sixth episode, Jonathan Gresty talks to Julia Sherwood about his British DNA and going native in Slovakia, about translating two very different books – Anton Baláž’s Camp of Fallen Women and Jana Bodnárová’s Necklace/Choker and explains what is skopos theory, and what is wrong with English-language information for tourists and why some Slovak books would benefit from some serious editing.

Episode 05 with Janet Livingstone

In Lit_Cast Slovakia #5, world traveller and translator Janet Livingstone talks to Julia Sherwood about reinventing herself in Seattle after living in Bratislava for 16 years, picking up foreign languages, translating Slovak women writers, cultural differences between Europe and the US, and praises the politeness of the Slovak people.

Episode 04 with Charles Sabatos

In the fourth edition Charles Sabatos talks to Julia Sherwood about finding his Slovak roots, Slovak studies program at The University of Pittsburgh and more.


Episode 03 with Magdaléna Mullek

In the third edition Magdaléna Mullek talks to Julia Sherwood about her life in three countries and two languages. 

Episode 02 with Rajendra Chitnis

In the second edition Rajendra Chitnis tells Julia Sherwood about teaching Czech and Slovak at British universities, why Vladimír Mečiar was beneficial for Slovak literature and why Franz Kafka is a big problem for literatures of smaller European countries. They will also discuss whether readers need to know history in order to understand older Slovak literature and whether Milan Kundera would still be aknowledged world-wide had the books of Juraj Johanides been translated into English.

Episode 01 with Donald Rayfield

First guest is the translator and publisher Donald Rayfield