Literature in Slovenia


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Literature in Slovenia

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Jan 28, 2020, 8:34am

In my latest copy of the London Review of Books I noticed there is advertised a 4 - day Slovenia Tour for Book Lovers. Discover Slovenia through Literature featuring Local Writers in English Translation - information at

Just wondering if anyone in this group knew anything about this.

Jan 28, 2020, 8:39am

Just noticed I have a book on my shelves La femme gauchère by Peter Handke Is it worth reading; does anybody know?

Jan 28, 2020, 3:03pm

Haven't read anything by Handke

Jan 29, 2020, 12:18pm

How about footke?

An acquaintance, now dead, who wrote a wonderful sort of intro to Arjun and the Good Snake, a colleague of Slavoj Žižek, Janez Justin, now dead, a man who spoke about 10 or 12 languages, met Beckett a couple times, recommended Handke to me. But as is the way of these things, I was forced to choose from what was available and got something I found not just boring but stylistically vacuous. So he comes highly recommended, but apparently it has to be the right books, probably early novels.

A Slovenia tour for book lovers. I'd have to see who sponsored it. The clique of translated writers in Ljubljana is a tight-assed bunch in my experience. The master, Vitomil Zupan, who was a madman, a born anarchist, and who wrote the best Slovene novel I know of, Minuet for Guitar, is long dead by now.

Them what wants a book lovers tour best visit me and we then take the Rilke walk and visit Joyceanic Trieste, before visiting Piran, where Joyce drank away his eye-sight.

Slovene writers tended to die of alcohol or drug related problems. Several poets in the early 1920s died very young. One very interesting artist, who also wrote I think, Hinko Smrekar, has little about him in English.

Jan 29, 2020, 1:12pm

Zupan's book is really good---it's a WWII novel. The only other Slovenians I've read are Borut Praper and the poet Tomaz Salamun and I think Salamun lived a good part of his life in the United States.

Jan 29, 2020, 2:31pm

A Rick book tour. Imagine that

Jan 29, 2020, 2:45pm

We were going to meet in Prague in 2018, remember that? The Rick book tour is still possible. We could make it an LT festival.

Jan 29, 2020, 2:46pm

Summertime. I can get permission to camp on the beach, a lightly forested, grassy area, we can have music and readings, discussions at night...

Jan 29, 2020, 2:47pm

I'll read my paper The Territory of Slovene Literature, which is about Rilke, Joyce,
and Musil...

Jan 29, 2020, 4:50pm

I would like to go to Trieste again. Next year perhaps I will be in N Italy.

Edited: Jan 29, 2020, 4:57pm

I'm 25 mintues from the train station, 17 minutes from the gas chambers.

(trains still running--crematoria destroyed, just frame of buildings left standing)

Jan 29, 2020, 11:13pm

ever the writer