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The Devil's Workshop

Trans. Alex Zucker
The Devil's Workshop
Portobello Books, 2013, 160 pp
Language: English
Genre: Prose
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 2013 English PEN Award for Writing in Translation
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The devil had his workshop in Belarus. That’s where the deepest graves are. But no one knows about it.’ A young man grows up in a town with a sinister history. The concentration camp may have been liberated years ago, but its walls still cast their long shadows and some of the inhabitants are quite determined to not to allow anyone to forget.When the camp is marked for demolition, one of the survivors begins a campaign to preserve it, quickly attracting donations from wealthy benefactors, a cult-like following of young travellers, and a steady stream of tourists buying souvenir t-shirts.But before long, the authorities impose a brutal crack-down, leaving only an ‘official’ memorial and three young collaborators whose commitment to the act of remembering will drive them ever closer to the evils they hoped to escape.Bold, brilliant and blackly comic, The Devil’s Workshop paints a deeply troubling portrait of a country dealing with its ghosts and asks: at what point do we consign the past to history?

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Other selected published translations (8)

Kallt land Swedish

De werkplaats van de duivel Dutch

Gjennom et kaldt land Norwegian

Die Teufelswerkstatt German

L’Atelier du Diable French

L'officina del diavolo Italian

Por el país del frío Spanish

Warsztat diabła Polish

Language: English
Place: London, UK
Publisher: Portobello Books
Year: 2013
Pages: 160
Genre: Prose
Awards
 2013 English PEN Award for Writing in Translation
Foreign rights
Pluh
Grants