Dry Season by Gabriela Babnik

EU Prize for Literature winner comes to the Free Word Centre

On Monday 9 November Slovenian writer, literary critic and translator Gabriela Babnik, who was awarded the European Union Prize for Literature in 2013 for Dry Season, comes to the Free Word Centre in London to talk about her novel with her translator Rawley Grau and academic and globe-trotter Ranka Primorac. They will discuss the themes and the language of the book, as well as the intricacies of translating from a Slavic language to English and writing on the world stage from the perspective of a 'small language'. The story offers a truly global perspective as it explores themes of racism, the role of women in modern society, and the loneliness of the human condition. Set in Burkina Faso, the novel follows an unusual love affair a 62-year-old Slovenia woman and a 27-year-old man who was brought up on the street in Burkina Faso. 

Dry Season is also one of titles included in Stories that Changed the World, a Creative Europe-supported Literary Translation project led by Beletrina Publishing, Slovenia. Istros Books is their UK partner on this project, and as such shall be publishing two books in English translation in 2015, 2016 and 2017. 

Tickets for the talk can be purchased from the Free Word website. Both Free Word and Istros Books have received EU funding in recent years, for Cooperation Projects and for Literary Translation respectively. The European Union Prize for Literature is also supported by Creative Europe and it spotlights the creativity and diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature in the field of fiction. 

Photo: Cover of Dry Season and its author Gabriela Babnik