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5 Books From Croatia

5 Books from Croatia – promoting Croatian literature globally


The project 5 Books from Croatia is part of a new push to promote Croatian literature in a more methodical and transparent way. ‘Small’ literatures have always been less visible in the English-speaking world, trailing behind translations from German, French and Spanish. To date, English editions of Croatian authors have been the result of individual endeavours and the passion of a small number of translators and publishers with a special interest in translated literature.

But while ‘big’ languages have a tradition of systematically promoting books, such as the leading publications 10 Books from Holland and New Books in German, Croatian literature is still terra incognita to most publishers, editors and the broad reading public. This is hardly surprising because well-translated, representative excerpts from the best Croatian titles are neither cheap nor easy to come by.

That is why we have decided to launch 5 Books from Croatia – a publication with a clear editorial conception that once per year will present four contemporary authors and one classic, a ‘forgotten gem’. The aim of the booklet is to highlight Croatian authors whose works radiate features of the country’s culture and literature but at the same time possess a timeless and universal human quality. Sizeable excerpts (around 5,000 words each) give a vivid impression of the rich and exciting climate in Croatian literature today.

Each of the four modern, prize-winning authors brings stylistic and genre-specific innovations to the treatment of classical themes such as wars and other historical turning points, or the relationship of the individual and society.


2016 edition of 5 Books from Croatia includes:


5 author profiles and excerpts from their books:


Sibila Petlevski: We Had It So Nice!

Kristian Novak: Dark Mother Earth

Marko Dejanović: Tickets, Please!

Milena Benini: Da En

Miroslav Krleža: Journey To Russia

 

Interviews:

Olja Savičević Ivančević:

Representing national literature: is a writer famous for the country they come from or are countries renowned for their writers?

Tony White:

The social life of translated literature: the vital role of collaborations, literary friendships and informal conversations while queuing for coffee.

Featured article

Opening up to world literature: the international character of Croatian literary festivals


Please click on the image to download the pdf version of 5 Books in Croatia.


Email us if you would like to receive the print copy and to join our mailing list for upcoming editions.


5 Books From Croatia is published by Croatian Writers Society

Editorial: Andrea Pisac (chief editor), Jadranka Pintarić, Ivan Sršen and Will Firth (guest editor)

Translators: Will Firth (chief translator), Stephen M. Dickey, Ellen Elias-Bursać, Will Firth, Coral Petkovich

Design: Iva Hrvatin, Ira Payer


Contact:

Croatian Writers Society / 5 Books From Croatia
Basaričekova 24, Zagreb, Croatia
Tel.: (+385 1) 4876 463, fax: (+385 1) 4870 186
5books@hrvatskodrustvopisaca.hr


Zagreb, Spring 2016

5 Books from Croatia is financially supported by the Croatian Ministry of Culture and the Foundation ‘Hrvatska kuća - Croatia House’

Objavljeno: 26.04.2016.Opširnije

5 Books From Croatia

5 Books from Croatia – promoting Croatian literature globally


The project 5 Books from Croatia is part of a new push to promote Croatian literature in a more methodical and transparent way. ‘Small’ literatures have always been less visible in the English-speaking world, trailing behind translations from German, French and Spanish. To date, English editions of Croatian authors have been the result of individual endeavours and the passion of a small number of translators and publishers with a special interest in translated literature.

But while ‘big’ languages have a tradition of systematically promoting books, such as the leading publications 10 Books from Holland and New Books in German, Croatian literature is still terra incognita to most publishers, editors and the broad reading public. This is hardly surprising because well-translated, representative excerpts from the best Croatian titles are neither cheap nor easy to come by.

That is why we have decided to launch 5 Books from Croatia – a publication with a clear editorial conception that once per year will present four contemporary authors and one classic, a ‘forgotten gem’. The aim of the booklet is to highlight Croatian authors whose works radiate features of the country’s culture and literature but at the same time possess a timeless and universal human quality. Sizeable excerpts (around 5,000 words each) give a vivid impression of the rich and exciting climate in Croatian literature today.

Each of the four modern, prize-winning authors brings stylistic and genre-specific innovations to the treatment of classical themes such as wars and other historical turning points, or the relationship of the individual and society.


2016 edition of 5 Books from Croatia includes:


5 author profiles and excerpts from their books:


Sibila Petlevski: We Had It So Nice!

Kristian Novak: Dark Mother Earth

Marko Dejanović: Tickets, Please!

Milena Benini: Da En

Miroslav Krleža: Journey To Russia

 

Interviews:

Olja Savičević Ivančević:

Representing national literature: is a writer famous for the country they come from or are countries renowned for their writers?

Tony White:

The social life of translated literature: the vital role of collaborations, literary friendships and informal conversations while queuing for coffee.

Featured article

Opening up to world literature: the international character of Croatian literary festivals


Please click on the image to download the pdf version of 5 Books in Croatia.


Email us if you would like to receive the print copy and to join our mailing list for upcoming editions.


5 Books From Croatia is published by Croatian Writers Society

Editorial: Andrea Pisac (chief editor), Jadranka Pintarić, Ivan Sršen and Will Firth (guest editor)

Translators: Will Firth (chief translator), Stephen M. Dickey, Ellen Elias-Bursać, Will Firth, Coral Petkovich

Design: Iva Hrvatin, Ira Payer


Contact:

Croatian Writers Society / 5 Books From Croatia
Basaričekova 24, Zagreb, Croatia
Tel.: (+385 1) 4876 463, fax: (+385 1) 4870 186
5books@hrvatskodrustvopisaca.hr


Zagreb, Spring 2016

5 Books from Croatia is financially supported by the Croatian Ministry of Culture and the Foundation ‘Hrvatska kuća - Croatia House’

Objavljeno: 26.04.2016.Opširnije