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Igor Stiks, translated by Natasa Milas

IGOR STIKS was born in 1977 in Sarajevo. His fiction, academic work, poetry and essays have appeared widely in journals and reviews of the former Yugoslavia and abroad. His novel A Castle in Romagna received the Award “Slavic” for Best First Book in 2000. His second novel Elijah’s Chair (2006) received both the Award “Gjalski” and the Award of “Kiklop” for the Best Fiction Book of the Year in Croatia and it has been translated into a dozen European languages. The theater play based on this novel won the Grand Prix of the 2011 Belgrade International Theatre Festival. His first collection of poems History of a Flood was published in 2008. Recently in collaboration with Srecko Horvat he wrote a political essay "The Right to Rebellion - An Introduction to the Anatomy of Civic Resistance" (2010). Igor Stiks is a senior research fellow at the University of Edinburgh.

NATASA MILAS is a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. She works on Russian and Balkan literature and film and translates from Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian literature. Most recently Natasa co-edited a special issue of the film journal Kino Kultura 14, and guest edited Absinthe 20: Spotlight on Bosnia. Her essays and translations appeared in Slavic and East European Journal, Absinthe, InTranslation, and In Contrast: Croatian Film Today.

Let’s Say His Name Was Daniel

Let's Say His Name Was Daniel was first published in print in Dec 2013 in Absinthe 20: Spotlight on Bosnia. Let me tell you a story about a colleague, a judge, a story about a friend, a peer, a Sarajevo Jew. You see, this fellow judge, let’s say his name was Daniel, was born to an impoverished family of former doctors and petty traders.


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