Beletrina Academic Press, established in 1996, is one of the most important literary publishers and cultural organisations in Slovenia. It has gained its reputation primarily by introducing prominent works of contemporary world and national literature, both fiction and non-fiction, to Slovenian readers. Our goal is to set standards for a new publishing philosophy which, in addition to focusing on non-commercial titles and giving priority to creativity, freshness and directness, respects authors and invests considerable effort in the promotion of their work. Beletrina‘s list of contemporary Slovenian authors is essential, focused as it is on highly regarded writers who not only attract substantial attention today but promise to flourish for decades to come, and we currently fully represent over 20 of the best Slovenian authors.
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Apart from original titles, Beletrina has a highly selected catalogue of translated fiction and non-fiction. Some foreign authors that we have published to date:
Roberto Bolaño, W. G. Sebald, Herta Müller, Mia Couto, Jonathan Franzen, Richard Flanagan, Patrick Modiano, Elfriede Jelinek, Imre Kertész, J. M. G. Le Clézio, Bernardo Atxaga, Michel Houellebecq, Irvine Welsh, Marguerite Yourcenar, Enrique Vila-Matas, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Thomas Bernhard, Janice Galloway, Hanif Kureishi, George Orwell, Andrzej Stasiuk, Georgi Gospodinov, José Saramago, Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, Gilles Deleuze, Carl Gustav Jung, Michel Foucault, Roland Barthes, Theodore Zeldin, Giorgio Agamben …
Beletrina is also involved in several international projects. Each year we organise two international festivals: World Literatures – Fabula, a prose festival that takes place at the end of each winter in Ljubljana, and in the summer Days of Poetry and Wine, the biggest poetry festival in the region. In 2016, we also launched the online magazine European Review of Poetry, Books and Culture and are coordinating a European-wide network of 13 literary festivals.