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Andrej Blatnik was born on May 22nd, 1963, in Ljubljana, Slovenija, where he studied Comparative Literature and Sociology of Culture and got his MA in American Literature and PhD in Communication Studies. He was a free-lanced writer for five years. He works as an editor in Cankarjeva publishing house, teaches publishing studies at the University of Ljubljana and was the president of the jury for the Vilenica prize between 2007 and 2015.

The list of his 12 books in Slovenian as well as 29 in translation is available here.

He is included in many anthologies including  Best European Fiction 2010, edited by Aleksander Hemon, with the preface by Zadie Smith.

A short movie was made after one of his stories and another one was adapted into a TV drama. He wrote five radio dramas and translated several books from English, Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar and The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles among them. He won some major Slovenian literary awards (the award of the city of Ljubljana, Zlata ptica, the highest award for young artists, and "Prešernov sklad" award among them). His stories have been published in English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Finnish, Swedish, French, Italian, Hungarian, Rumanian, Bulgarian, Greek, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Czech, Slovakian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Croatian, Serbian, Albanian, Turkish, Irish, Chinese, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi and Kannada.

Andrej Blatnik has read fiction in Italy, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Greece, Turkey, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Iceland, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, India, China, Australia and the USA (Poets' House in New York City, Library of Congress, University of Iowa, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, Northwestern University, Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco...). He was a participant of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA, in 1993, and a guest at the International Writers Center at the Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA, in 1995, and Ledig House International Writers Colony in 1998. 

He received various fellowships, including Fulbright. He still loves to go for a trip, business or pleasure.

 
 

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