The samizdat magazine Host was set up by Dušan Skála in Brno in 1985. In 1990, he was to establish the publishing house of the same name, Host, which quickly grew into a prestigious, renowned publisher’s specialising in contemporary Czech and foreign fiction, poetry and literary theory.
One of the members of the current editorial team, Marek Sečkař, accepted the FLF’s invitation to participate in the Publisher’s Tour 2010. A number of foreign publishers spent a week in Flanders, getting acquainted with Flemish literature during several presentations and workshops. Sečkař decided to dedicate a section of the magazine to contemporary Flemish literature. The issue concerned was recently published.
It included an essay by Tom Van Imschoot on recent developments in contemporary prose in Flanders, one by Magda de Bruin Hüblová on the connection between Dutch and Flemish, some translated extracts of prose by Erik Vlaeminck, Elvis Peeters and Peter Terrin, an essayistic text by Joseph Pearce on the Jews in Antwerp, an interview with Peter Holvoet-Hanssen about Antwerp’s (urban) poets and a small selection of translated poems by Hugo Claus, Leonard Nolens, Stefan Hertmans, Miriam Van hee, Charles Ducal, Dirk van Bastelaere, Peter Verhelst, Eva Cox and Els Moors.