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Beletrina, zavod za založniško dejavnost
http://www.beletrina.si/
info@zalozba.org
Kersnikova 4, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 200 3700, 386 (0) 1 200 3701
Fax386 (0) 1 252 2618
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Mitja Čander, Director, Beletrina Editor
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Aleš Šteger, Programme Head, Koda Editor, Days of Poetry and Wine
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Renata Zamida, Marketing, International Cooperation, Fabula Festival
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Tina Deu, PR and Promotion
tina.deu@zalozba.org
Phone386 (0) 1 200 3707
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Anja Kovač, Project coordinator, Days of Poetry and Wine producer
anja.kovac@zalozba.org
Phone386 (0) 1 200 3716
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Matic Razpet, Biblos
matic.razpet@zalozba.org
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Past Events
  • 23 March 2016
    Written on the spot 5, a project by writer Aleš Šteger (Beletrina Publishing Institute), supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia New Delhi, in Kochi, India programme
  • 15 June 2015
    A presentation of the poetry platform Versopolis by Anja Kovač (Beletrina Publishing Institute) and poetry readings by Gašper Bivšek, Katja Perat, and Tina Kozin at the 14th Letterature Festival Internazionale di Roma, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Rome, at House of literature - Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, Italy programme
  • 18 May 2015
    Author Polona Glavan (Beletrina Publishing Institute) at the PRO-ZA Balkan International Literature Festival at Youth Cultural Center in Skopje, Macedonia programme
  • 13 April 2015
    A meeting with authors Matja Čander and Jani Virk, organised in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Rome and Beletrina Publishing Institute, at Sapienza University of Rome in Rome, Italy programme
  • 11 April 2015
    A literary evening with poets Tina Kozin, Veno Taufer and Aleš Šteger and translator Mita Hustinčič (Beletrina Publishing Institute) at Swedish Writers' Union in Stockholm, Sweden programme
  • 21 March 2015
    Poet Aleš Šteger (Beletrina Publishing Institute) joins thirteen other poets from Europe at the World Poetry Day, also organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Rome, at Polish Cultural Institute in Rome, Italy programme
  • 20 March 2015
    A literary evening with writer Feri Lainšček (Beletrina Publishing Institute) at Društvo Slovencev v Beogradu Sava in Belgrade, Serbia programme
  • 1 December to 5 December 2014
    A number of events with writers Gabriela Babnik, Mitja Čander, and Aleš Šteger (Beletrina Publishing Institute)in the framework of the Guadalajara International Book Fair in Guadalajara, Mexico programme
  • 29 November 2014
    A literary evening with Gabriela Babnik, Mitja Čander, and Aleš Šteger (Beletrina Publishing Institute) at The residence of the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Slovenia in Mexico City, Mexico programme
  • 26 November 2014
    Written on site, a project by Aleš Šteger (Beletrina Publishing Institute), in Mexico City, Mexico programme
  • 16 October to 20 October 2014
    A Slovene poetry reading tour in France with Gorazd Kocijančič, Barbara Pogačnik, Aleš Šteger, and Andrej Brvar, organised by the Beletrina Publishing Institute and supported by the Slovenian Book Agency and the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Paris, in Charleville, Grenoble, Lyon, Paris, France programme
  • 20 May to 22 May 2014
    Literary evenings with Goran Vojnović and screenings of his films Piran-Pirano (Arsmedia) and Chefurs Raus! (Arsmedia), co-organised by the Beletrina Publishing Institute and the Centre for Slovene as a Second/Foreign Language, and supported by the Slovenian Book Agency, in Katowice, Kraków, Warsaw, Poland programme
  • 7 April to 30 April 2014
    A month of Slovene culture in Granada, including: the exhibition of illustrations Don Quijote de La Mancha by Nikolaj Pirnat, a concert by violinist Klara Gomboč, a literary evening with Mojca Kumerdej (co-organised by the Beletrina Publishing Institute), and screenings of films The Alexandrians, Spare Parts (Vertigo, E-motion Film), and Rooster's Breakfast (Ars Media), supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Madrid, in Granada, Spain programme
  • 28 February 2014
    A literary evening with Slovene poet Katja Perat, organised by the Beletrina Publishing Institute and British-Slovene Society, in Oxford, United Kingdom programme
  • 26 February 2014
    A literary evening with Slovene poet Katja Perat, organised by the Beletrina Publishing Institute, at University of Nottingham (Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies) in Nottingham, United Kingdom programme
  • 19 February 2014
    A literary evening with Slovene writer Miha Mazzini, organised by Beletrina Publishing Institute, the Centre for Slovene as a Second/Foreign Language, Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Brussels, and Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the European Union, at Passa Porta in Brussels, Belgium programme



The Beletrina Publishing Institute (up to 2014 known as Študentska založba Publishing House) is one of the most productive Slovene publishing houses. It publishes about 50 titles each year and prides itself on its choice of quality literary works. The main criteria for its work is that the writing is innovative, fresh and radical. The book editions Beletrina or Koda have got acclaimed and popular. The publisher places great importance on international cooperation; each year about 20 books are published abroad.

In November 2009 the Beletrina bookshop was opened in central Ljubljana.

Beletrina publishes also the quarterly ČKZ Journal for the Critique of Science, for Imagination and New Anthropology and the online magazine AirBeletrina, and produces two festivals: the annual Days of Poetry and Wine Festival and the World Literatures - Fabula Festival.


History

The publishing activities started in 1996 when the Student Organisation of the University of Ljubljana founded the Študentska založba Publishing House. In 2014 the Beletrina, a non-profit private institute was established to carry on publishing activities. The founders of a new enterprise were the members of the former Študentska založba team Mitja Čander, Tomaž Gerdina, Marko Hercog and Aleš Šteger, supported by writers Andrej Brvar, Milan Dekleva, Niko Grafenauer, Milan Jesih and Veno Taufer.

Book series

Its first two book editions, Translations and Scripta, offered an interesting study of literature that is still popular today. In 1997 it launched the series Claritas and Koda; the Claritas series covered translated texts from the field of philosophy, political science, sociology, history (Seneca, Hume, Moore, Brentano, Cassirer, Arendt, Siedentop) and contemporary texts by Slovene authors (Janez Strehovec, Igor Škamperle), while Koda focused on cybernetic culture and other sciences related to information society, bringing more than 20 publications (covering basic theories by the likes of Debord, Benjamin, Harraway, Sloterdijk, Negri and Hardt) to a Slovene readership. In 2010 the two series were consolidated into one (Koda), which is now the publishing house's main series focused on humanities.

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Since 2003 the book series Beletrina has been published, a collection which covers titles of original literary works by Slovene authors and international authors in translation. The list of contemporary Slovene authors includes among others Lojze Kovačič, Goran Vojnović, Miha Mazzini, Dušan Čater, Feri Lainšček and Boris Pahor, the list of translated authors is long: Bernardo Atxaga, Roberto Bolano, Maria Barbal, Pascal Bruckner, Ramon Gomez de la Serna, Gesualdo Bufalino, Jaume Cabre, Mia Couto, Anton Chekhov, Jonathan Franzen, David Grosmann, Michel Houellebecq, Bohumil Hrabal, Herta Müller, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Franz Kafka, Daniel Kehlmann, Enrique Vila-Matas, Jesus Moncada, Andrej Stasiuk, Flannery O’Connor, Erik Orsenna, Georges Perec, Sergio Pitol, W.G. Sebald, Zadie Smith, Goncalo Tavares, Miloš Urban, Dubravka Ugrešić, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Marguerite Yourcenar, Janice Galloway, etc.


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Festivals and workshops

Beletrina produces in February the World Literatures - Fabula Festival and in August the Days of Poetry and Wine Festival. They organise more than 100 literary events every year as well as autumn literary workshops for young poets and writers.

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International projects

Beletrina cooperates with Fraktura from Zagreb (Croatia) and Magveto from Budapest (Hungary) in the Read Central initiative. The three publishers represent and promote quality literature from Central Europe online and at book fairs.

In 2014 Beletrina launched a European project Versopolis setting up a network of 11 literary festivals as a new platform to present emerging poets live and online.

Translation project

Beletrina's literary translation project Stories that can change the World received support of the Creative Europe Programme in 2014. It comprises six books by renowned authors: Burmese days by George Orwell, Il male viene dal Nord by Fulvio Tomizza, Citadelle by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Mercier et Camier by Samuel Beckett are translated into Slovenian, while Goran Vojnović's Yugoslavia, My Homeland and Gabriela Babnik's Dry season will be soon available to English speaking audiences.

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