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debut in our pages, we've decided to showcase a hefty

entire chapter here.

Another highlight of this issue's Northern Idyll is the taut,

evocative prose of Jón Kalman Stefánsson's


Heart of


, the final novel of his masterful Icelandic trilogy. It's

not yet available in English – you can read it only here. And

there's poetry from Shetland Scots, a dialect which retains

strong ties to Old Norse, with echoes in the musculature of

present-day English. Christine de Luca, the new Poet

Laureate of Edinburgh, performed in our launch events in

the Edinburgh Festival and was a bit taken aback that we're

only presenting her poems in English "translation" here.

Stay tuned, when

Trafika Europe Radio

starts up we'll

feature an invigorating reading from her in her native

Shetland dialect.

This issue also features dream-like new prose from

Slovenia, poetry from Occitan – in pieces like supernally

polished stones – and new French fiction exploring

mathematician Gödel's flight from the Nazis to Princeton,

and much more. All title pages showcase sublime photos of

Europe by our guest artist for this issue, Mark Chester.

We've made this quarterly journal to feel like a print digest

online, so feel free to slow down – if you're on a PC then

please go "full-screen" via the icon below the book, and you

can always zoom in for an even larger view – and savour

with us some great new works of European literature.