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Andrej Blatnik

Andrej BlatnikAndrej Blatnik (1963, Ljubljana, Slovenija) studied Comparative Literature and Sociology of Culture and got his PhD in Communication Studies. He is an Associate Professor of publishing studies at the University of Ljubljana, edits a book series of ‘modern classics’ (which included Amitav Ghosh, Vikram Seth, R. K. Narayan and Tagore) in one of Slovenia’s major publishing houses and is the president of the jury for the Vilenica Central European Literary Award.

He has published three novels, Plamenice in solze (Torches and Tears, 1987) Tao ljubezni (Closer to Love, 1996), and Spremeni me (Change Me, 2008), five collections of short stories, Šopki za Adama venijo (Bouquets for Adam Fade, 1983), Biografije brezimenih (Biographies of the Nameless, 1989), Menjave kož (Skinswaps, 1990), Zakon želje (Law of Desire, 2000) and Saj razumeš? (You Do Understand, 2009), three books of cultural studies (one of them, Paper Labyrinths, 1994, dedicated to the American metafiction, and the other, Neon Seals, 2005, to literature in digital age) and a ‘how-to’ book Pisanje kratke zgodbe (Short Story Writing, 2010). He translated several books from English, including Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles.

Andrej Blatnik won some major Slovenian literary awards (the award of the city of Ljubljana, Zlata ptica, the highest award for young artists, and the national state award, Prešeren Fund, among them).

His stories were translated into more than 30 languages and published in literary magazines and various anthologies including Best European Fiction 2010 (Dalkey Archive Press 2010) and Short: An International Anthology of Five Centuries of Short Short Stories (Persea Books 2014). The translation of Menjave kož was published in Spanish, Croatian, English, Czech, Hungarian, German and Turkish, Tao ljubezni in Croatian and Slovakian, Zakon želje in German, Czech, French, Macedonian, Turkish and Spanish and in 2014, Dakley Archive Press published the English translation as Law of Desire.

Spremeni me was published in German, Italian, Macedonian and Croatian and Saj razumeš in Croatian, Macedonian and English and is forthcoming in Czech and Italian.

Andrej Blatnik has read fiction around the globe, on literary festivals such as PEN World Voices in New York City, Toronto International Festival of Authors and Cosmopolis in Barcelona, was a participant of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA, in 1993, and a guest at the International Writers Center at the Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA, in 1995. He received various fellowships, including Fulbright. He enjoys traveling, always on a shoestring: he visited India eleven times in the last nine years, giving readings in India Habitat Centre in Delhi and in various places in Bangalore. A list of his publications, along with some samples, is available at www.andrejblatnik.com.