07 February 2014

Cultural Stories: Promotion of the book “Heaven in a Blackberry bush” by Natasa Kramberger

On 7 February a promotion of the book “Heaven in a Blackberry bush” (Nebesa v robidah) by Natasa Kramberger was organised at the EU InfoCentre in Skopje.

Natasa Kramberger, who won the European Union Prize for Literature 2010 with this book, addressed the audience and read short excerpts from the “Heaven in a Blackberry bush” in Slovenian language.

At the promotion, the Slovenian Ambassador, H.E. Branko Rakovec, said „Judging by the good and professional reviews this is a novel that will join the group of most recognizable works of the Slovenian literature. Therefore I would like to express my gratitude to Ms. Kramberg and to all the remaining participants that translated this exceptional work in Macedonian language. It gives me a great pleasure that the novel “Heaven in a Blackberry bush” is now translated into Macedonian language and this work will bring our homeland Slovenia closer to our Macedonian friends.

The audience was also addressed by Dr Aleksandar Prokopiev, writer and promoter of the book, and Mr. Dejan Trajkoski, journalist, writer and editor.

The novel “Heaven in a Blackberry bush” is described by its author as “a novel in stories”. These stories consist of multiple fragments and events that come to life as raindrops plunging in medias res, straight into the heart of the narrative, without introduction or explanation.

Nataša Kramberger (1983) was born in Maribor, the second largest city in Slovenia. She won the Slovenian young authors prize in 2006 and her book Nebesa v robidah was nominated for the Kresnik Prize as Slovenia’s best novel of the year in 2008. In the same year, Kramberger won the international short story competition, A Sea of Words, which is sponsored by the Anna Lindh Foundation, and in 2009 she won the Young Euro Connect prize. Nataša Kramberger works as a freelance writer and journalist.