Renato Baretić

Renato Baretić

Renato Baretić (born 1963) is a croatian writer. He used to work as a journalist for following croatian newspapers and magazines: Večernji list, Nedjeljna Dalmacija, Slobodna Dalmacija, feral Tribune, Globus, Nacional, Autograf, Tportal, Otvoreno more.
Beside that, he also compiled quiz questions for television quiz shows „Kviskoteka“ and „Tko želi biti milijunaš“. He cooperated as a screenwriter for television series „Nova doba“ and „Crnobijeli svijet 2“ and for a movie „Što je muškarac bez brkova“. He also held lectures in House for creative writing in Split and in Center for creative writing in Zagreb. From 2007 to 2016 he was creative director and program editor of Storytelling Festival in Split, called „Pričigin“.

His published works are:
– Tourist guide book: „Split za početnike/Abeceda grada“ (Znanje, Zagreb; 2015);
– Picture book for children and parents: „Muka malog vuka“ (Semafora, Zagreb; 2015);
– Novels: „Hotel Grand“ (Algoritam, Zagreb; 2008); „Pričaj mi o njoj“ (AGM Zagreb; 2006); „Osmi povjerenik“ (AGM Zagreb, 2003), a novel received the most important nacional awards in 2003;
– Collections of poetry: „Kome čemo slati razglednice (AGM Zagreb; 2005); „Riječi iz džepova“ (Split 1998);
Collections of columns: „Kadrovi kadra“ (AGM Zagreb, 2005);

His poems, stories, excerpts of novels are translated and published in english, slovenian german, macedonian, italian, ukrainian and polish language.

Petar Andonovski: The Body That Has to Be Lived In

Petar Andonovski: The Body That Has to Be Lived In

The Body That Has To Be Lived In follows the internal struggles of Brigitte, a sixty-year-old judge at the very end of her career who is suddenly assigned the only challenging and complex trial she has ever undertaken in her working life — a criminal case concerning the rape and murder of a young woman. Before this final case, Brigitte has only ever judged minor cases of divorce and petty theft – a kind of cheap theatre. But now she becomes abruptly aware of the marginal role she has played in the world – and of the opportunity this murder trial offers. The case opens the key for Brigitte’s path of self-realization as she finally assumes the power given to her as a judge – the power of arbitration. The novel follows Brigitte’s internal test of character in parallel with the development of the trial of the young man accused of killing his girlfriend. This internal journey is initiated by her confronting the lawbreaker — confronting the body of the accused, over which society and the law, embodied in herself, will execute its
punishment.

Lejla Kalamujić: Call Me Esteban

Lejla Kalamujić: Call Me Esteban

In the 19 stories from this prize-winning collection (the “Edo Budiša” prize for the best short story collection written in a language which doesn’t require translation into Croatian, 2016.) we follow the protagonists emotional journey from unreliable memories of her untimely departed mother, to her childhood with an alcoholic father who is never around, to grandparents who slowly fall apart and die before her eyes, to the dissolving country in a changing world, to her discovery of her sexuality, and the anxieties of making a living.

The motif of the mother seems to haunt all the stations of the journey like an omnipresent spiritus movens and it unobtrusively leads us through the protagonists emotional life, acquainting us with Sarajevo from before, during and after the war, the “cool crowd”, interethnic marriages, Šid as a place of exile, hospitalisation at the psychiatric ward – with Eros and Thanatos.

Lejla Kalamujićs collection is an authentic testimony of the fate of a family. The writing of this testimony is an act of courage of sorts, an act of facing up to that which is darkest and heaviest in humans.

Nora Nadjarian

Nora Nadjarian

Nora Nadjarian is an award-winning Cypriot poet and writer. She has won prizes and commendations in international competitions, including the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, the Féile Filíochta International Poetry Competition and the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Prize. She has been widely anthologised and translated into several languages. Her work concentrates on the themes of women, refugees, identity, exile, love and loss, as well as the political situation in Cyprus. Her poems deal with everyday episodes which go beyond reality in their atmospheric concentration, pointing to symbolic interior worlds.

Best known in Cyprus for her book of short stories Ledra Street (2006), she has had poetry and short fiction published internationally. Her work was included in A River of Stories, an anthology of tales and poems from across the Commonwealth, Best European Fiction 2011 (Dalkey Archive Press), Being Human (Bloodaxe Books, 2011) and Capitals (Bloomsbury, 2017). Her latest books are the collections of short stories Selfie (Roman Books, 2017) and Girl, Wolf, Bones (bilingual English-German edition) (2017). The author Anjali Joseph has said of her work: ‘Nora Nadjarian’s distilled short stories are abrupt and intense, as invigorating and aromatic as a double shot of literary espresso.’

Jasna Dimitrijević

Jasna Dimitrijević

Jasna Dimitrijević (1979 Negotin) graduated from the Department of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory in Belgrade. She writes short stories, poetry and reviews. She is a regular contributor to the magazine Liceulice. She is the co-organizer of the first regional competition for the best short story on the topic of reconciliation on the BHSC, Albanian and Macedonian language – Biber – and the co-editor of the multilingual collection. Her first collection of stories, Prepoznavanja, came out in 2015 and was published by the City Library Karlo Bijelicki, Sombor, after she won the contest for the first book, and the Redbox publishing house will publish the next edition of this book next year. Currently, she is finishing her second collection of short stories, which will be published by the end of 2018 by Partizanske knjige. She lives in Belgrade and works in a bookstore.

Photo by Tamara Zrnović.

Lana Bastašić

Lana Bastašić

Lana Bastašić (Zagreb, 1986) is a Bosnian writer. She studied English Language and Literature and holds an MA degree in Cultural Studies. She has published two collections of short stories, one book of children’s stories, and one of poetry. “Catch the Rabbit”, her first novel, was published in 2018 in Belgrade, Kontrast, and was shortlisted for the NIN award. Her short stories have been included in major regional anthologies throughout former Yugoslavia. She has won the Best Short Story Award at the ‘Zija Dizdarević’ competition in Fojnica, Bosnia; the Jury Award at the ‘Carver: Where I’m Calling From’ festival in Podgorica, Montenegro; the Best Short Story Award at the ‘Ulaznica’ festival in Zrenjanin, Serbia; Best Play by a Bosnian Playwright Award at the competition organized by Kamerni teatar 55 in Sarajevo, first award for best unpublished poetry collection in Zrenjanin, and Targa UNESCO Prize for poetry at the Castello di Duino festival in Trieste, Italy. She collaborates with various literary magazines in the Balkans, most notably Polja, Povelja, Sarajevo notebooks and Putevi. In 2016 she co-founded Escola Bloom with Borja Bagunyà and she co-edits the school’s literary magazine Carn de cap. She lives and works in Barcelona.

Photo by Milan Ilić/RAS