Evald Flisar
Evald Flisar
Evald Flisar
Evald Flisar
Evald Flisar
Evald Flisar

O avtorju

EVALD FLISAR
(13. 2. 1945, Gerlinci, Slovenija). je pisatelj, dramatik, esejist, urednik, prevajalec. Študiral je primerjalno književnost v Ljubljani, angleški jezik in literaturo v Londonu in psihologijo v Avstraliji. Svetovni popotnik (doslej je prepotoval 96 držav), voznik podzemnega vlaka v Sydneyju, urednik (med drugim) enciklopedije znanosti v Londonu, avtor kratkih zgodb in radijskih iger za BBC, predsednik (1995–2002) Društva slovenskih pisateljev, od leta 1998 urednik najstarejše slovenske literarne revije Sodobnost. Avtor 14 romanov (deset jih je bilo nominiranih za nagrado kresnik), dveh zbirk kratke proze, treh potopisov (ki veljajo za najboljše v slovenski literaturi), dveh knjig za mlade (obeh nominiranih za nagrado) in petnajstih dram (osem nominiranih za Grumovo nagrado, trikrat je nagrado prejel). Prejemnik nagrade Prešernovega sklada in Župančičeve nagrade za življenjsko delo. Različna njegova dela so prevedena v 40 jezikov (trenutno število prevodov znaša 162, kar nekaj jih je v pripravi), med njimi v japonščino, arabščino in kitajščino, pa tudi tako eksotične, kot so bengalščina, hindijščina, malajščina, indonezijščina, nepalščina, marati in amharščina. Avtorjeve drame redno uprizarjajo poklicna gledališča po vsem svetu (najnazadnje v Avstriji, Belorusiji, Egiptu, Indiji, Indoneziji, Bosni, Srbiji, na Tajvanu, na Japonskem in v ZDA). Udeležil se je več kot 50 literarnih nastopov na vseh celinah. Dvajset let je živel na tujem (tri leta v Avstraliji, sedemnajst let v Londonu). Od leta 1990 živi v Ljubljani. Angleški prevod njegovega romana Na zlati obali (finalist za kresnika 2011) je bil nominiran za najprestižnejšo evropsko literarno nagrado, the Dublin International Literary Prize, medtem ko mu je tretja izdaja angleškega prevoda romana Velika žival samote (My Father's Dreams) kot »enemu 6 najboljših evropskih avtorjev« prislužila udeležbo na prestižni prireditvi European Literature Night v Britanski knjižnici 13. maja 2015. Kulturna redakcija časopisa The Irish Times je njegov roman Na zlati obali (On the Gold Coast) uvrstila med 13 najboljših klasičnih romanov o Afriki, ki so jih napisali Evropejci (v družbi imen kot so Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene, JG Ballard, Bruce Chatwin, Isak Dinesen in drugi). Julija 2015 je bil gost v Kongresni knjižnici v Washingtonu, kjer je bilo predstavljenih 6 njegovih knjig, ki so doslej izšle v ZDA, udeležil se je uprizoritve svoje drame Antigona zdaj v izvedbi gledališča SCENA (Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington), govoril je na stalnem veleposlaništvu Republike Slovenije pri Združenih narodih v New Yorku. Januarja 2016 se je udeležil največjega literarnega festivala na svetu (Jaipur, Indija), v družbi avtorjev, kot so Margaret Atwood, Colm Toibin, Colin Thubron, Aleksandar Hemon, Stephen Fry in številni drugi. Ob izidu romana Ljubezni tri in ena smrt v Angliji se je udeležil predstavitev v Londonu, Bristolu in Dublinu. Januarja 2017 je na stroške indijske vlade preživel tri tedne na promocijski turneji v Indiji (New Delhi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Bangalore), kjer je na treh uglednih univerzah predaval o vlogi pisatelja v sodobni družbi, si ogledal dve uspešni in nagrajeni uprizoritvi svojih dram v bengalščini in promoviral izdajo treh svojih knjig. Med najlepša doživetja v svoji literarni karieri šteje osemdnevno promocijo prevodov dveh svojih romanov (Opazovalec in Na zlati obali) na Poljskem (v Varšavi, Katovicah in Krakovu). Nove uprizoritve njegovih dram pripravljajo v Indoneziji, Indiji in na Japonskem.

About the author

EVALD FLISAR
(1945, Slovenia).
Novelist, playwright, essayist, editor, globe-trotter
(travelled in 96 countries), underground train driver in Sydney, editor of (among other publications) an encyclopaedia of science and invention in London, author of short stories and radio plays for the BBC, president of the Slovene Writers’ Association (1995 – 2002), since 1998 editor of the oldest Slovenian literary journal Sodobnost (Contemporary Review). Author of 14 novels (ten of them short-listed for kresnik, the Slovenian “Booker”), two collections of short stories, three travelogues, two books for children (both nominated for major awards) and fifteen stage plays (eight nominated for Best Play of the Year Award, three times won the award). Winner of the Prešeren Foundation Prize, the highest state award for prose and drama, and the prestigious Župančič Award for lifetime achievement. Various works of his have been translated into 40 languages, among them Bengali, Hindi, Malay, Nepalese, Indonesian, Turkish, Greek, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Czech, Albanian, Lithuanian, Dutch, Icelandic, Romanian, Amharic, Russian, English, German, Italian, Spanish, etc. His stage plays are regularly performed all over the world, most recently in Austria, Egypt, India (three different production in two months alone), Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, Serbia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Belarus and USA. Attended more than 50 literary readings and festivals on all continents. Lived abroad for 20 years (three years in Australia, 17 years in London). Since 1990, resident in Ljubljana, Slovenia. His novel My Father's Dreams, published by Texture Press in 2005 and in 2015 by Istros Books in London, UK, has earned him a place at the European Literature Night, an annual event at the British Library that features 6 of the best contemporary European writers. Another of his novels, On the Gold Coast (published in English by Sampark, Kolkata, India) was nominated for the Dublin International Literary Award. It was listed by The Irish Times as one of 13 best novels about Africa written by Europeans, alongside Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene, Isak Dinesen, JG Ballard, Bruce Chatwin and other great literary names. In June/July 2015 the author completed a three-week literary tour of USA, reading at the Congress Library in Washington and SUA convention in Chicago, attending the performance of his play Antigone Now at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, speaking at the Slovene Permanent Mission at the United Nations ... In January 2016 he was one of the speakers at the largest literary festival in the world (Jaipur, India), together with Margaret Atwood, Colm Toibin, Colin Thubron, Aleksandar Hemon, Stephen Fry and other illustrious names. Following the publication of his novel Three Loves, One Death in England, he attended promotional events in London, Bristol and Dublin. In January 2017 he spent three weeks touring India, lecturing at three renowned institutions (National School of Drama in New Delhi, Rabindranath Tagore University in Kolkata, Malayalam University in Kerala), attending productions of two of his plays in Bengali and promoting translations of three of his books in Kerala, Bangalore and Kolkata. One of the best-organised promotional events in his literary career was the eight-day promotion of two of his novels in Polish translation in May 2017 (Warsaw, Katowice and Krakow). New productions of his plays are due in India, Indonesia and Japan.

>My Father's Dreams

>My Father's Dreams

>My Father's Dreams

My Father's Dreams

Apart from craftily capturing a child's thoughts (another writer who does it comparably well is Orhan Pamuk), Flisar is a formidable stylist too. A stylist whose elegant, precise sentences grant special meaning to anything they touch. »Give me a shopping list and I'll set it to music,« said Rossini who, with legendary ease, composed 39 operas. If we lived at a time that allowed artists comparably beautiful arrogance, Flisar could very well brag to possess a similar ability.
A. H. Kono, European Review of Poetry, Books and Culture

Selected by The Irish Times as one of 30 best books published in 2015.

On the Gold Coast

On the Gold Coast

On the Gold Coast

On the Gold Coast

Nominated for The IMPAC International Literary Prize and chosen by The Irish Times as one of the 13 best books about Africa written by Europeans (along the works by Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene, Isak Dinesen, JG Ballard, Bruce Chatwin etc.)

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