MGIP April newsletter


Bato Tomašević
9.11.1929 - 15.04.2017
"Bato. What a great and quite unique man we have lost. Someone we will surely always remember for his many many qualities. Our founder, diplomat, publisher, author and as well a wonderful and kind friend to all with whom he was associated in his most distinguished and successful long life."
Ken Webb

MGIP Summer Meeting & 40th Anniversary



We are delighted to present the keynote-speaker of this year’s summer meeting:

Burhan Sönmez (Foto © Kaan Saganak) was born in Turkey and grew up speaking Turkish and Kurdish and worked for a time as a lawyer in Istanbul. He was a member of Human Rights Society and a founder of TAKSAV (Foundation for Social Research, Culture and Art). When he got seriously injured following an assault by the police in Turkey he had to move to Britain where he received treatment with the support of the organization ‘Freedom from Torture’ in London. Today, Burhan lives in Istanbul and Cambridge.
He is the author of three novels: North (2009), Sins & Innocents (2011), and Istanbul Istanbul (2015). Sins & Innocents, his second novel, was granted with the 2011 'Sedat Simavi Literature Prize'. Burhan Sönmez is the youngest-ever author to win it. The book was also awarded the 'Izmir St. Joseph Best Novel Award' in the same year. All his novels have been published in twenty nine languages.
As an author he has also written for various newspapers and magazines, such as the Guardian, la Repubblica, and Die Zeit. He is a board member of PEN-International. Currently Burhan lectures in Literature and Novel at the university of METU.
© Bernhard Aichner
The ‘local speaker’ at the summer meeting will be our member Aleš Šteger:

Aleš is not only one of the founding publishers of Beletrina Academic Press Ljubljana, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, but he is also an internationally renowned author and poet.  As translator from Spanish and German into Slovene, he published e.g. Pablo Neruda, Gottfied Benn, Ingeborg Bachmann, Cesar Vallego. His books have been translated into 16 languages and his poems appear in international magazines and newspapers such as The New Yorker, Die Zeit, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, TLS and many others. Among other prizes and honours his English translation of Knjiga reči (The Book of Things, BOA Editions, 2010) won two mayor U.S. translation awards (BTBA award and AATSEL).
The film ‘Beyond Boundaries’ by Peter Zach is based on Aleš’ walk along the borders of Slovenia. This small central European country is unique, because it shares borders with four countries: Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia – a source of different impressions and an inspiration for Aleš’ poems, which can be heard in the film. Amongst numerous awards, Aleš received the title Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French State and he is member of Akademie der Künste, Berlin.
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