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      May 17, 2017

       

      203-206 Piccadilly
      Piccadilly, Greater London W1J 9LE

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      Slovak Euro Stars - with Balla and Ivana Dobrakovova

      Join the European Literature Network for a fabulous Euro Stars evening with Slovak authors Balla and Ivana Dobrakovova, along with translator Julia Sherwood in conversation with Rosie Goldsmith. Balla, who goes only by his surname, has a day job in the council's audit office in Nove Zamky, a provincial town in southern Slovakia. Since his first short story collectionLeptokaria (1996), he has published nine more books, mostly short fiction, the latest beingVel'ka laska (The Great Love, 2015). Balla's works have been translated into Czsech, German, English, Hungarian, Polish, Slovene and Serbian. His novella V mene otca(In the Name of the Father, 2012; Jantar Publishing, 2017) was voted Book of the Year by the Slovak daily SME in 2012 when it also won the Anasoft Litera Prize and the Tatrabanka Foundation Art Prize for Literature.Ivana Dobrakovova graduated from Bratislava's Comenius Univeristy with a degree in English and French (translation and interpreting). She is based in Turin where she works as a freelance translator from French and Italian, currently working on Elena Ferrante's Neopolitan novels. She debuted in 2009 with her short story collectionPrva smrt v rodine (The First Death in the Family) followed by the novelBellevue (2010). Her most recent collection of short storiesToxo appeared in 2013. She has won several literary competitions, including Poviedka 2008, and all three of her books have been shortlisted for the Anasoft Litera Prize.Into the Spotlight: New Writing from Slovakia is edited and translated by Magdalena Mullek and Julia Sherwood (Parthian Books, 2017). It features the best current Slovak writing on offer. The sixteen authors presented here have all been shortlisted for some of the most prestigious Slovak and European literary awards - and many have won. They represent the Slovak literary scene across the lines of gender, age, style and subject matter. Most importantly, all of them are living authors engaged with today's world in conversation with other contemporary writers and readers. This event is free but please RSVP by email events.piccadilly@waterstones.com, by telephone 020 7851 2400 or in store.

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