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Slovak Euro Stars
May 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pmFree
Slovak Euro Stars with Balla and Ivana Dobrakovová
Balla, who goes only by his surname has a day job in the local council’s audit office in Nové Zámky, a provincial town in southern Slovakia. Since his first short story collection, Leptokaria (1996), he has published nine more books, mostly of short fiction, the latest being the novella Veľká láska (“The Great Love”, 2015). Balla’s works have been translated into Czech, German, English, Hungarian, Polish, Slovene and Serbian. His novella V mene otca (“In the Name of the Father”, 2012; Jantar Publishing, 2017) was voted Book of the Year by the Slovak daily SME in 2012 when it also won the Anasoft Litera Prize and the Tatrabanka Foundation Art Prize for literature.
Ivana Dobrakovová graduated from Bratislava’s Comenius University with a degree in English and French (translation and interpreting). She is based in Turin where she works as a freelance translator from French and Italian, currently working on Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels. She debuted in 2009 with her short story collection Prvá smrť v rodine (“The First Death in the Family”), followed by the novel Bellevue (2010). Her most recent collection of short stories Toxo appeared in 2013. She has won several literary competitions, including Poviedka 2008, and all three of her books have been shortlisted for the Anasoft Litera prize.