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10.3.2017. 10:37

Balkan literature: the best contemporary fiction to add to your reading list

The breakup of Yugoslavia caused a tectonic shift in Balkan identity, giving birth to a rich array of new literature that sought to grapple with a new reality. From pagan myths and tales of emigration, to science fiction and Kosovan elegies, here are 10 of the best recent novels from the Balkans you need to read

Text Hannah Weber

  • The Ministry of Pain by Dubravka Ugresić, 2004 (Croatia)
  • Hansen’s Children by Ognjen Spahić, 2004 (Montenegro)
  • Life Begins on Friday by Ioana Pârvulescu, 2009 (Romania)
  • Three Elegies for Kosovo by Ismail Kadare, 1998 (Albania)
  • The Walnut Mansion by Miljenko Jergović, 2003 (Croatia/Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Stork Mountain by Miroslav Penkov, 2016 (Bulgaria)
  • Dry Season by Gabriela Babnik, 2011 (Slovenia)
  • The Russian Window by Dragan Velikić, 2007 (Serbia)
  • The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon, 2008 (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • The Hunger Angel by Herta Müller, 2009 (Romania)