Travel by Train Karl Schulz translation Meghan Forbes Words without Borders  Telephone 1234/V a kiss semaphore on the outskirts of town halo! au revoir! fish fly underwater & birds underwater take pity on the wretched He was loved sticks multiply X X X X  (Disappearing cities with billboards) DON'T LEAVE BEHIND YOUR VALUABLES LAGUNA AT THE END OF THE EARTH TO THE PLATFORM LUGGAGE WAITING ROOM Among the Dancers Found on the tracks A pistol & a diary

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Karel SchulzKarel Schulz

Karl Schulz (1899-1943) was a poet and critic based primarily in Prague. Though he was an early member of the Czech avant-garde group Devětsil, he was expelled from the Prague chapter in 1924 when he was accused of plagiarizing "The Suicide Club" by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson in one of his own published stories. The Brno chapter, however, promptly adopted him into their ranks and in this same year "Travel by Train" appeared in their preeminent publication,Pásmo. He experimented with textual-visual innovation towards cinematographic effect throughout the 1920s and then reoriented his prose towards expressing his Catholic faith. He also authored a trilogy dedicated to the Renaissance artist Michelangelo. Schulz died months before his forty-fourth birthday of heart disease. His grandson, Jáchym Topol, is one of the most famous contemporary Czech writers, and has had several of his novels translated into English. 

Translated from CzechCzech by Meghan ForbesMeghan Forbes

Meghan Forbes is currently pursuing a PhD in Czech literature. She has previously translated from the Czech for When in Drought and harlequin creature, an arts & literary journal that she founded in 2011. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books and on the Michigan Quarterly Review blog. Her dog also writes book reviews @dogsinbedswithbooks. Meghan recently resumed a life in south Brooklyn after a year in Berlin, Germany, where she was conducting dissertation research with the aid of a Fulbright fellowship.