Francis Nenik

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Francis Nenik works as a farmer and writes in his free time.[1] He has published several novels. Current works include XO[2] (a novel in the form of a loose-leaf collection) as well as a collection of short stories with strict alliteration (2013).[3]

His most recent work is The Marvel of Biographical Bookkeeping, a formally innovative book that explores the life stories of Nicholas Moore and Ivan Blatný, two 20th-century poets whose stars burned bright in their youths, Moore in England and Blatný in Czechoslovakia.[4] Later in their lives both men were battered by history and individual fate. The book's wildly imaginative structures are built on meticulous research, and as the two men’s separate, parallel existences unfold, they reveal astounding coincidences and heartbreaking reversals of fortune.

An English translation of his story "Joseph and I" was published in the Spring 2013 issue of Mad Hatters' Review. Words Without Borders called him "a comic genius, a master of dialogue and invention who finds humor in the darkest of places and darkness in the midst of jokes."

In 2014, he started writing a series of political short stories.[5]

In 2016, published Neniks novel "Coin-Operated History".[6] Spector Books published a selection of Neniks literary essays, called "Doppelte Biografieführung".[7]

On January 20, 2017, he began his "Diary of a Derelict",[8] which addresses the presidency of Donald Trump.



  • XO, ed[ition]. cetera, Leipzig, 2012. (A novel in the form of a loose-leaf collection). - The book online (Published under a CC license)
  • Ach, bald crashen die Entrechteten furchtlos gemeingefährliche, hoheitliche Institutionen, jagen kriegserfahrene Leutnants mit Nachtsichtgeräten oder parlieren querbeet Russisch, Swahili, Türkisch und Vietnamesisch, während Xanthippe Yamswurzeln züchtet, ed[ition]. cetera, Leipzig, 2013. (A book with stories in strict alliteration, illustrated by Halina Kirschner), Sample Free audiobook
  • Doppelte Biografieführung, Spector Books, Leipzig, 2016.
  • Münzgesteuerte Geschichte, (Novel),, Berlin, 2016. online.
  • Coin-Operated History, (Novel), transl. Amanda DeMarco,, Berlin, 2016. [1].

Stories/Essays (in German)[edit]

English Translations[edit]

  • Diary of a Derelict. Translated by Paul Noske, Leipzig 2017.
  • The Marvel of Biographical Bookkeeping. Translated by Katy Derbyshire. Readux Books, 2013, Sample.
  • How Hunter Mayhem traveled to Uruguay. Translated by Bradley Schmidt. No Man's Land # 8, Winter 2013.
  • Joseph and I. Translated by Bradley Schmidt. Mad Hatters' Review, 2013.
  • In Praise of an American Egg Wholesaler. Translated by Amanda DeMarco, Words Without Borders, July 2015.
  • Coin-operated History (Novel), Translated by Amanda DeMarco, Fiktion, Berlin, 2016. online.
  • Publish and be Free (Essay on publishing with an open license and Creative Commons), Fiktion, Berlin, April 2016. online.
  • Burning bright, Burning out. The Story of Poet and Anti-Apartheid Activist Edward Vincent Swart. Translated by Anna Aitken, in: Transition-Magazine 119 (April 2016), S. 155-167.