Review Sarajevo Firewood, Saïd Khatibi

Saïd Khatibi’s polyphonic novel, Sarajevo Firewood, pays homage to the victims of civil war in Algeria and Bosnia in the 1990s, and gives the survivors a voice. Scarred by erratic memories and traumatic recall – […]


Review The Fig Tree, Goran Vojnović

Lucy Popescu reviews The Fig Tree ahead of Goran Vojnović and his translator Olivia Hellewell discussing the effects of war on successive generations of a family marked by the disintegration of Yugoslavia, for The BookBlast® […]


2BooksReview Wild Woman, Marina Šur Puhlovski & Under Pressure, Faruk Šehić

What can the novels Wild Woman by Marina Šur Puhlovski and Under Pressure by Faruk Šehić tell us about the breakup of Yugoslavia which caused such a tectonic shift in Balkan identity? Each to their […]

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Reading Lists

Spotlight Read the World with MacLehose Press 5 Notable Writers

Read the World with MacLehose Press which specialises in the very best translated literary and crime fiction. If words can offer new worlds, you will find them in the pages of the books by the […]

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Spotlight on Publishing

Spotlight Susan Curtis Istros Books at Belgrade Book Fair

The opening ceremony of the annual Belgrade Book Fair took place on Sunday 21 October, officially starting one of the biggest publishing events of the region. There is no doubt that Serbia takes pride in this […]

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BookBlast® Archive

BB 10×10 Tour Waterstones Nottingham, Christina Pribićević-Zorić Susan Curtis

At Waterstones Nottingham, the fourth talk of the BookBlast® 10×10 tour, a nationwide celebration of independent publishing, features Istros Books, founded in 2011 to showcase the very best fiction and non-fiction from the Balkan region […]

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Translator Interviews

Interview Christina Pribićević-Zorić, translator

Christina Pribićević-Zorić, tell us a little bit about yourself I am from New York. My mother was Irish and my father was from the former Yugoslavia so I had a smattering of Serbo-Croatian when I […]

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Reading Lists

Book Blasts Top 5 Reads for Independent Minds I

Book Blasts Top 5 Reads for Independent Minds this month showcases Ariel Khan, Teresa Solana, Fred D’Aguiar, Marinko Koščec, Oliver Bottini. There’s much excitement here at BB HQ about the 10×10 tour of superb independent […]

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Review Seven Terrors, Selvedin Avdić

BookBlast reviews Seven Terrors, Selvedin Avdić trs. Coral Petkovich Foreword by Nick Lezard. Longlisted for the Dublin Impac Awards 2014, Shortlisted for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Awards 2013 (Istros Books)   “I noticed that […]


Interview Susan Curtis-Kojakovic, Istros Books

Susan Curtis-Kojakovic, tell us a bit about yourself. Are (were) your parents great readers?  I actually come from a working class family, and my parents didn’t even have bookshelves when I was growing up. But […]