LJEVAK – EUROPEA 2017-2018
- Transnational mobility
- Audience development
Naklada Ljevak's Creative Europe – Literary translation project 2017 - 2018 proposes six books to be translated into Croatian from five different languages , with the editorial choice of talented and awarded authors that will be presented to the Croatian readership for the first time. Four titles are EUPL winners, and all books or their authors have been awarded numerous national literary prizes: Afonso Cruz, an awarded Portuguese author, and his latest novel FLORES; David Machado, another Portuguese author, with his EUPL winning and widely praised novel INDICE MEDIO DE FELICIDADE inspired by the recent financial crisis in Portugal; Edina Szvoren's short stories (EUPL) Swedish author Sara Stridsberg and her EUPL awarded novel BECKOMBERGA – ODE TILL MIN FAMILJ; Jonas Hassen Khemiri, another Swedish author, with his multiply awarded book JAG RINGER MINA BRODER; Austrian author Carolina Schutti’s and her novel EINMAL MUS ICH UEBER WEICHES GRAS GELAUFEN SEIN, also awarded the EUPL.
We were concentrated on the cultural and intellectual aspects of the proposed books with the aim of promoting the circulation of the European literary works by introducing to the Croatian reading public other cultures and thereby helping them learn about common European heritage.
Implementation of the project and the introduction of these books and authors to Croatian reading public have helped us expand our usual target public to some new groups. The direct contact between readers and authors has enabled us to create new interest groups that have become our regular visitors and public. During presentation at the EUROPEA festival the dialogue between authors and public was encouraged, mainly on literary subjects, but also about specific social issues - such as multiethnicity, racism, discrimination, nationalism, women rights etc.