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Gabriela Babnik

Gabriela Babnik

Gabriela Babnik (1979) is a writer, literary critic and translator who lives between Ljubljana and Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. Her first novel, Cotton Skin (Koža iz bombaža), was published in 2007 and was awarded the Best Debut Award of the Slovenian Book Fair. Her second novel, In the Tall Grass (V visoki travi, 2009), was shortlisted for the Kresnik Award for best novel of the year, and her third novel, Dry Season (Sušna doba), was published in 2012 and received the European Union Prize for Literature. Babnik has also published a collection of short stories, while her most recent novel, Intimately (Intimno, 2015), was again on the short list for the Kresnik Award.


  • “Gabriela Babnik is one of the foremost European novelists writing today. She is breaking new ground in literary representations of global intercultural relationships, proving, in particular, that European whiteness need not relate itself to African postcolonial identities and locations on neo-imperial terms.” Dr. Ranka Primorac, Lecturer in English at the University of Southampton and an Associate of the Department of African Languages and Cultures at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London

Awards and nominations

  • Best Debut Award of the Slovenian Book Fair 2007
  • Shortlisted for the Kresnik Award 2010, 2016
  • European Union Prize for Literature 2013
  • Longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award 2017

Books by Gabriela Babnik