Andrej Blatnik

Andrej Blatnik
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Andrej Blatnik was born in 1963 in Ljubljana where he studied Comparative Literature and Sociology of Culture and received his Masters degree in American Literature. He started his artistic career playing bass guitar in a punk band, was a free-lance writer for five years, and now works as a publishing editor. He has on the editorial board of the Literatura monthly since 1984 and is one of the jury members of the Vilenica Central European Literary Award. He has published two novels, Plamenice in solze (Torches and Tears, 1987) and Tao ljubezni (Closer to Love, 1996), four collections of short stories, Sopki za Adama venijo (The Bouquets for Adam Fade, 1983), Biografije brezimenih (Biographies of the Nameless, 1989), Menjave koz (Skinswaps 1990), and Zakon zelje (Law of Desire, 2000), a collection of essays on contemporary American literature, especially metafiction, entitled Labirinti iz papirja (Paper Labyrinths, 1994), and a collection of cultural criticism Gledanje cez ramo (Looking over One´s Shoulder, 1996) A short film was based on one of his stories and another one was adapted into a TV drama. He has written five radio dramas and translated several books from English, Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar and The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles among them. He has won major Slovenian literary awards including the Preseren Prize for the book Zakon zelje, and his short stories have been translated into fourteen languages and included in the following anthologies: The Day Tito Died (Forest Books, London and Boston 1993), Central Europe Now! (Archa Publishing House, Bratislava 1995), Nouvelles slovenes (Autres Temps, Marseille 1996), The Imagination From Terra Incognita (White Pine Press, New York 1997) and Afterwards (White Pine Press, Buffalo 1999). His books have been translated into many languages and Menjave ko~ was published in English as Skinswaps (Northwestern University Press, Evanston 1998). A list of his publications, along with some samples, is available at Andrej Blatnik has received various fellowships, including Fulbright, the Austrian KulturKontakt fellowship, and a grant from Japanese government, was a participant of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA, in 1993, and aguest at the International Writers Center at the Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA, in 1995, and Ledig House International Writers' Colony in 1998.

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