Stig Mass Andersen
Stig Mass Andersen is a writer, musician and journalist. As he started his career as a songwriter, he tries to enrich his literary expression with musical undertones. Besides being the title of the book, Bipolar Superstar is also the name of his band and his alter ego. He’s been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, from which his texts or music stem from.
Published by Partizanska knjiga: Bipolar superstar.
Guillermo Arriaga (Mexico City, 1958) is a Mexican screenwriter and writer. He’s written four novels (The Guillotine Squad, A Sweet Scent of Death, Night Buffalo and The Savage) and a short-story collection (Retorno 201). Arriaga’s prose has been translated into many languages. Arriaga doesn’t do adaptations of his prose for the screen nor does he write on commission. He’s written screenplays for the films Amores perros, 21 Grams, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (“The Palme d’Or” for the best screenplay at the Cannes International Film Festival, 2005), Babel (Academy Award nomination for the best screenplay, 2007), Night Buffalo and The Burning Plain.
Published by Partizanska knjiga: Retorno 201.
Joanis Arvanitas / Jovan Nikolaidis
A writer, publisher, journalist, persistent in the affirmation of Montenegrin multiculturalism. He sees the Balkans as a zone of tolerance and peaceful co-existence. He’s the founder of the first newspaper in the Albanian language in Montenegro – Kronika. He’s the founder and long-serving editor of the magazine for culture PLIMAplus. He’s also the founder of the branch of Matica crnogorska in Ulcinj. He’s a member of the Montenegrin Association of Independent Writers (CDNK). Some of his published works: Valdinos 33, a novel; Ulcinjska pisma, essays; Crnogorska krivica, political essays, Valdinos, stories. Čapuri, poems, Budim se sa tuđinom u sebi, poems; Montenegro i/ili Crna Gora, essays; Monahos, essay; Raznosači kostiju, essays; Kosa mu je blistala, modra, svilenkasta, stories.
Published by Partizanska knjiga: Starac u zalivu.
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Bernardo Atxaga (Asteasu, Basque Country, 1951) is considered to be a top representative of Basque prose. His first short-story collection Obabakoak (1988), more precisely, a hybrid form between a novel and a short-story collection, was awarded the National Prose Prize in 1989; a film was soon made based on the motifs of several stories (Obaba, 2005), directed by Montxo Armendariz. Then followed the novels Gizona bere bakardadean (The Lone Man) (1994), the National Basque Prose Critics’ Award; Soinujolearen semea (The Accordionist’s Son) (2003), The Critics’ Award in 2003, the Italian Grincane Kavur prize in 2008, based on which the director Fernando Bernués made a film with the same title and a theatre play; Zazpi etxe Frantzian (Seven Houses in France), the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize finalist in 2012, Oxford Weidenfeld translation prize finalist in 2012; Nevadako Egunak (Nevada Days) (2014), Euskadi Prize; the latest novel Etxeak eta hilobiak (Houses and Tombs) was published in 2020. In 2017 he won the International Liber Press Prize for Literature, and in 2019 the National Prize for Spanish Literature. He also writes poetry, dramas, essays and short stories. In 2003, he won the Cesare Pavese prize for poetry. His works have been translated into thirty-two languages. He is member of the Royal Academy of the Basque Language.
Published by Partizanska knjiga: Dani u Nevadi.
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Christos Asteriou was born in Athens in 1971. He studied German and Modern Greek literature at the Universities of Athens, Würzburg and Berlin. He was the head of the German department at the European Centre for Literary Translation, and he later worked as an investment consultant in a major Greek bank. He received a literature fellowship from the Berlin Academy of Arts (2013), the Fulbright Scholarship (2015) and the Berlin Senate Literary Scholarship (2020). He has published three novels and short story collection and has translated several books from German. Since 2016 he has been working as a co-writer and researcher on the documentary Queen of the Deuce (Exile Films / Storyline Entertainment). He is currently teaching at the Free University in Berlin.
Published by Partizanska knjiga: Njeno nago telo i druge čudne priče.
Bojan Babić was born in 1977. So far he has written eight books, been awarded the Borislav Pekić Foundation Prize, participated in a few residential programmes for writers abroad, been short-listed for the NIN and some other prizes, had his stories published in English, Swedish, Albanian, Icelandic, German. Late in 2016 the publishing house Glagoslav published his book Girls, Be Good in Nataša Miljković’s translation. He doesn’t let his sentences relax.
Ivana Bulatović graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in 1999. Her short-story collection Ruska i druge priče was published by Nolit in 2009. Her stories have been published in the literary magazines Koraci, Polja, Sarajevske sveske, Gradina. She lives in Belgrade.
Published by Partizanska knjiga: Praćerka.
Vladimir Bulatović was born in Belgrade in 1979. He has published two short-story collections: Duhovi satire (Presing, 2013) and Elvira je sanjala (Književna Radionica Rašić, 2015). He works as a solo singing teacher at a music school.
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Behrouz Boochani (born 23 July 1983 in Ilam, Iran) is a Kurdish-Iranian journalist, writer, film producer, human rights and refugee advocate. With a master’s degree in political science, political geography and geopolitics, he co-founded, edited and wrote for the magazine Werya (Kurdish for “wise”, “informed”, “clever”), which attracted the attention of Iranian authorities because of its promotion of the Kurdish language, culture and politics. After the offices were raided by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and some of his colleagues were arrested in February 2013, Boochani left Iran and made his way to Indonesia. In the course of four months he made two attempts to cross from Indonesia to Australia in a boat. The first attempt ended in shipwreck and the second in his exile to Manus Island, a small province in Papua New Guinea, where the Australian government as part of the Pacific Solution had set up an offshore processing centre. Boochani remained detained on Manus from August 2013 to November 2019, when he was granted a one-month visa to speak at a literary festival in New Zealand. The following year, the New Zealand Government granted refugee status to Boochani, allowing him to stay in New Zealand indefinitely and to apply for residency. He publishes regularly for The Guardian, and his writing also features in The Saturday Paper, Huffington Post, New Matilda, The Financial Times and The Sydney Morning Herald. He won an Amnesty International Australia 2017 Media Award for his reporting from Manus as well as the Anna Politkovskaya Award for journalism. Boochani co-directed (with Arash Kamali Sarvestani) the 2017 feature-length film Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time, and collaborated on Nazanin Sahamizadeh’s play Manus. Boochani also writes poetry and publishes it on the Internet. His book No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison won the 2019 Victorian Prize for Literature and the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Nonfiction. He has also won the Special Award at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the Australian Book Industry Award for Nonfiction Book of the Year, and the National Biography Prize.
Published by Partizanska knjiga: Nema prijatelja osim planina.
Uroš Bojanović was born in Teslić, BH, in 1991. He has published two books of poetry: Ja ne mogu ništa (2007) and Iz druge sobe (2011). He has also had his poems published in literary magazines: Polja, Tema, Zarez, Agon, Knjigomat, Kritična masa, Afirmator, BKG, Ars, Libartes i Strane. His poems are included in the anthology Meko tkivo: izbor iz nove poezije regiona. He lives and works in Teslić.
Published by Partizanska knjiga: Sam u vodi.