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Mikołaj Grynberg (b. 1966) is a photographer and writer who majored in psychology. He was the leader of the Portrait Workshop of the Polish Photographic Artists Association and his photographs have been exhibited around the world. Grynberg is the author of albums Many Women (2009) and Auschwitz – What Am I Doing Here? (2010), as well as three non-fiction books: Survivors of the 20th Century, I Accuse Auschwitz and Book of Exodus. His first novel titled Rejwach was shortlisted for Poland’s most prestigious literary award NIKE Literary Prize 2018 (Spanish rights sold to Acantilado, Hebrew to Carmel). For years he has been dealing with the history of Jews in the 20th century, never afraid of tackling the difficult issues. His entire artistic output is characterized by an exceptional perspective of dialogue, always focused on meeting people, opening up to hear their personal stories.
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GAIL ANDERSON-DARGATZ’s first novel, The Cure for Death by Lightning, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the UK’s Betty Trask Award, the BC Book Prize for Fiction and the Vancity Book Prize. Her second novel, A Recipe for Bees, was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. The Spawning Grounds was nominated for the Sunburst Award and the Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award and short-listed for the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction. Her thriller, The Almost Wife, hit the Canadian bestseller lists in 2021. She taught for nearly a decade in the MFA program in creative writing at the University of British Columbia and now mentors writers online. Gail Anderson-Dargatz lives in the Shuswap region of British Columbia.
Published by Partizanska knjiga: Lek za smrt od udara munje.
Jelena Dedeić was born in Belgrade in 1975. She graduated from the Department of Serbian Language and Literature with General Linguistics of the Faculty of Philology. She worked as a teacher of the Serbian language in schools, as a lecturer in the editorial offices of the dailies Danas and Biznis, and since 2003 she has also worked as a translator for the Slovenian language. She has translated various business documents, professional textbooks, children’s encyclopedias and scientific publications. She writes short stories at Hilla creative writing workshop. She began her collaboration with Partizanska knjiga with translations of Tomaž Kosmač’s collection of stories Punk is dead, Ana Schnabl’s books Odvezani and Majstorija, and at the beginning of 2022 she published her first novel #evonaprimerja.
Published by Partizanska knjiga: #evonaprimerja.
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Petar Denchev is a Bulgarian writer and theater director. He graduated in drama directing from NATFA Krastjo Sarafov in 2010, and in 2017 from the master’s program Theater Art. He has received nominations and awards at various competitions for poetry and prose (Development, Svetlostruj, Veselin Hanchev, Extra – Altera). With the novel As a Man He Loves the Woman He Loves, he won the award for the new Bulgarian novel Development in 2007. He later published a collection of stories Stories from the Past (2010, Janet 45) and the novel Silent Sun (2012, Janet 45). He has published stories in Serbian, Macedonian, Croatian, Slovenian, German and English. He has directed in most major theaters in Bulgaria (Ivan Vazov National Theater, A. Konstantinov Satire Theater, DT S. Bachvarov Varna, DT S. Ognyanov Ruse, DT G. Milev S. Zagora, etc.). He was a playwright at the Stoian Bachvarov Theater in Varna from 2017 to 2018. He has worked on texts by authors such as Edward Albei, Jordi Galseran, Sarah Ruhl, Shakespeare, Mollier, and his latest novel is The Little God of Earthquakes, which was published by Janet 45, a novel that deals with the breakdown of the integrity of life on the trail of lost memories.
Published by Partizanska knjiga: Priče u prošlom vremenu.
Jasna Dimitrijević (1979, Negotin, SFRY) writes short prose and reviews. Some of these get published in regional magazines and anthologies. She has written the short-story collection Prepoznavanja (2015). Works in a bookshop.
Published by Partizanska knjiga: Fibonačijev niz.
Seamus Francis Deane (9 February 1940 – 12 May 2021) was an Irish poet, novelist, critic, and intellectual historian. He was noted for his debut novel, Reading in the Dark, which won several literary awards and was nominated for the Booker Prize in 1996.
Published by Partizanska knjiga: Čitanje u mraku.
Bil Direen was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1957. As a writer, performer and independent researcher, he has published works of different genres and recorder music albums with numerous partners. For a while he lived in Europe, before he moved back to New Zealand. In 2010 he won a Writers Resident fellowship at the Michael King Centre in Auckland. He is the subject of a documentary, Bill Direen: A Memory of Others, directed by Simon Ogston in 2017.
Published by Partizanska knjiga: Pelen.
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Daša Drndić (1946-2018) was born in Zagreb. She studied English Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philology, Belgrade University. With the aid of a Fulbright scholarship, she obtained a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University, and then studied at Case Western Reserve University. She worked as an editor in the publishing house Vuk Karadžić, an English teacher at the Djuro Salaj Centre for Education and an editor-dramaturgist for Radio-Television of Belgrade. She obtained her PhD from the University of Rijeka, where she taught contemporary British literature and creative writing. She published prose, literary criticism, reviews and translations in literary magazines and papers, as well as feature and documentary radio dramas. Her prose works include: Put do subote, 1982; Kamen s neba, 1984; Marija Częstohowska još uvijek roni suze ili Umiranje u Torontu, 1997; Canzone di guerra, 1998; Totenwnade, 2000; Doppelgänger, 2002; Leica format, 2003; After Eight, 2005; Feministički rukopis ili politička parabola, 2006; Sonnenschein, 2007; April u Berlinu, 2009; Belladonna, 2012, and EEG, 2016.
Published by Partizanska knjiga: Umiranje u Torontu, Canzone di Guerra, April u Berlinu, Belladonna.
Đura Đukanov (1956-2000) was a Serbian writer of short stories and dramas. As a native of Mokrin, he is one of the most significant representatives of the twentieth-century prose of Banat. Apart from Mokrin, he lived in Vršac and Novi Sad. He published the following books: Đavolska snevačina (1979), Domaći Sapun (1982), Slatkovodna Neman (1985), Luda pali sveće (1988), Voz Svetog Petra (1990), Dnevnik Vilijama Vilsona (1997) and Dvogled bez stakala (2000, posthumously).
Published by Partizanska knjiga: Đavolska snevačina/Slatkovodna neman, Domaći sapun/Luda pali sveće, Dvogled bez stakala/Duva vešanac.
Vladimir Mirkov Živanović
Vladimir Mirkov Živanović was born in a mine town in East Serbia in 1979. He studied at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade. He holds an MA from the European Institute of Design in Barcelona, where he has lived since 2005. He works as an art director. Slepi putnik is his first book.
Published by Partizanska knjiga: Slepi putnik.