The publishing house Goga from Novo mesto hosted two writers from Bosnia and Herzegovina this autumn. Both were guests of the TRADUKI supported writers in residence programs. In September, Mustafa Zvizdić used his four weeks in the writers apartment mostly to work on the manuscript of his latest novel with the working title Garrison Clinic.
The Bosnian-Herzegovinian writer Muharem Bazdulj travelled to the capital of Macedonia, Skopje, to be the writer in residence there in October 2017. As a fellow of the Absolute Modern program, he got acquainted with the cultural and literary life of the city. He used his stay to work on his newest collection of essays. At the endo of his stay, he was presented to the Macedonian audience in a literary evening with a reading and discussion. The audience followed with great interest the presentation of his most recent novel Lutka od marcipana, which has also been translated to Macedonian. The ensuing discussion revolved around the literary scene of the Balkans and the current development in European literature.
The Vienna Book Fair Buch Wien, taking place between November 8-12, opened its doors for the 10th time, which found a lot of resonance in the media and among visitors. With the support of BMEIA and in cooperation with TRADUKI, the Croatian literature got a visible presentation at the book fair. As a part of the year of cultural exchange between Austria and Croatia, altogether nine events took place, signalling an acknowledgment of the literature of Southeast Europe and a willingness to strengthen the exchange.