Slovenian Literature Series

In 2010, the Slovenian Book Agency took a bold step toward solving the problem of how few literary works are now translated into English, initiating a program to provide financial support for a series dedicated to Slovenian literature at Dalkey Archive Press. Partially evolving from a relationship that Dalkey Archive and the Vilenica International Literary Festival had developed a few years previously, this new program begins with the publication of three Slovenian novels in its first year, and will go on to ensure that both classic and contemporary works from Slovenian are brought into English, while allowing the Press to undertake marketing efforts far exceeding what publishers can normally provide for works in translation. 

Slovenia has always held a great reverence for literature, with the Slovenian national identity being forged through its fiction and poetry long before the foundation of the contemporary Republic: “It is precisely literature that has in some profound, subtle sense safeguarded the Slovenian community from the imperialistic appetites of stronger and more expansive nations in the region,” writes critic Andrej Inkret. Never insular, Slovenian writing has long been in dialogue with the great movements of world literature, from the romantic to the experimental, seeing the literary not as distinct from the world, but as an integral means of perceiving and even amending it.

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  • Sale! I saw her that night

    I Saw Her That Night
    ( paperback )

    $16.00 $12.80

    I Saw Her That Night, a love story in time of war, is a novel about a few years in the life and mysterious disappearance of Veronika Zarnik, a young bourgeois woman from Ljubljana, sucked into the whirlwind of a turbulent period in history.


  • Sale! Selected Poems

    Selected Poems
    ( paperback )

    $14.95 $11.20

    “There’s no harm in that, if they want me to be a postmodernist I’ll settle for it, what the hell, the poem won’t be any better or worse for it.” —Milan Jesih


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    Soy Realidad
    ( paperback )

    $14.95 $11.21

    “Playful and brooding, meditative and declamatory, these poems affirm Šalamun’s status as a major Central European poet.” — The New Yorker


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    Ballerina, Ballerina
    ( paperback )

    $15.95 $11.96

    Ballerina, Ballerina is a painful and poetic reconstruction of its narrators fractured worldview … in both the details of her family life and the bits of the mass-media reality that flow beyond the boundaries of her backyard … [she] is unreliable, disoriented, atemporal.” — Vladislava Gordić Petković


  • Sale! Jancar, Tree with no Name

    The Tree with No Name
    ( Paperback )

    $14.95 $12.00

    A diary recounting four decades’ worth of sexual exploits, the memoir of a mental institution attendant, and a familiar-looking bicycle dredged out of a river–the discovery of these artifacts sends an archivist on an obsessive quest to discover their owners’ identities and fates. Shifting between Slovenia’s postcommunist present and its wartime occupation by the Axis powers, The Tree with No Name is Drago Jancar’s masterpiece: a compelling and universally significant story of an individual confronting the constraints set on truth by his–and every–culture.


  • Sale! 978-1-62897-042-5_LOD

    Law of Desire
    ( Paperback )

    $13.95 $10.80

    Following his short story collection, You Do Understand?, is this expansive collection of sixteen tales about “urban nomads” lost in a labyrinth of pop culture: “We go to the movies. We read books. We listen to music. No harm in that, but it’s not real.”

    A best-seller in Eastern Europe, Law of Desire is Andrej Blatnik at the height of his powers. He is one of the most respected and internationally relevant post-Yugoslav authors writing today.


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    The Errors of Young Tjaz
    ( Paperback / softback )

    $15.50 $12.40

    With its echoes of fellow Austrian novelist Robert Musil’s novella Young Törless, and of Günter Grass’s The Tin Drum, Florjan Lipuš’s Young Tjaž, first published in 1972, helped moved the critique of Germanic Europe’s fundamental social conformity into the postwar age.


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    You Do Understand
    ( Paperback / softback )

    $12.95 $10.36

    This collection of sharp, spare, occasionally absurd, cruel, touching miniatures addresses the fundamental difficulty we have in making the people we love understand what we want and need . . .


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    The Succubus
    ( Paperback / softback )

    $13.95 $11.16

    In an unnamed city shrouded in mist, Valent Kosima is a retiree living quietly yet discontentedly with his TV-addicted wife. To escape the claustrophobia of home, he masquerades as a man of means and takes to spending his nights strolling . . .


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    Necropolis
    ( Paperback / softback )

    $13.95 $11.16

    Boris Pahor’s stirring account of his attempts to provide medical aid to the prisoners in the face of the utter brutality of the camps – and of his coming to terms with the ineradicable guilt he feels, having survived when millions did not . . .