Gabriela Babnik

Gabriela Babnik (1979) regularly contributes literature reviews, essays, travelogues, interviews and commentaries for different publications in Slovenia. She holds a Master’s Degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Ljubljana with a dissertation on the contemporary Nigerian novel and is currently writing also political comments on African issues for foreign edition of the main newspaper Delo. Her debut novel Skin of Cotton (Koža iz bombaža) won the Best Debut Novel Award in 2007. Critics agreed that the novel displays exceptional attention to language and uses an inventive way to portray the meeting of European and African cultures and is probably the most significant Slovene novel to date dealing with Africa. She also adopted the novel for a radio play for the Slovene national radio broadcaster. The play was one of three nominees for the Best Adapted Drama Award at the Prix Italia in 2011. Her second novel In the Tall Grass (V visoki travi) was published by Beletrina Academic Press in 2010. The novel focuses on the female protagonist from a typical rural Slovene background. It was short listed for the Kresnik Award, the highest national literary award for best novel in 2010. Her third novel Dry Season (Sušna doba) was also published by Beletrina Academic Press and continues the path of introducing interactions and cultural clashes between Europe and Africa. For this novel she received European Union Prize for Literature in 2013. She has been the guest of several literary festivals in Europe.

 Sample translations 

English - "Dry season" (2012) / Translated by: Gregor Timothy Čeh English - "In the Tall Grass" (2009) / Translated by Katherine Edwards and Olivia Hellewell German - "Zeit der Dürre" (2012) / Translated by: Ana Jasmina Oseban Spanish - "Amante" (2014) / Translated by: Marjeta Drobnič