Chiamatemi Esteban

Book presentation by Lejla Kalamujić in conversation with Alessandra Sarchi

with LIS interpreter

1 show for this event

Lejla Kalamujić, an emerging voice in Balkan literature, puts together twenty-two short stories in a single narrative flow to describe the dissolution of a family and her country, the former Yugoslavia. Call me Esteban, an award-winning book, published in Italy by Nutrimenti, traces the protagonist Lejla’s gradual loss of reference points: her mother’s untimely death and her father’s alcoholism, her grandparents’ aging, the war and, eventually, the mental institution. Her love for a girl is the beginning of a complicated but bright rise from the abyss. An intense and emotional travel journal about the experience of loss and love as an element capable of healing even the deepest wounds. 

LIS interpreter will be present at the presentation

Dates for this event:

12/09/2022 – H 19.00
– Biblioteca Renzo Renzi

About the author

Lejla Kalamujić, born in 1980 in Sarajevo and graduated in Philosophy and Sociology, is the author of two short story collections: The Anatomy of a Smile and Call Me Esteban. She is also the author of numerous short stories published in magazines and translated into a dozen languages, as well as the play Ogress, or How i killed my Family. Call Me Esteban has won numerous awards in the Yugoslav region, was shortlisted for the European Literary Prize in 2016, is translated into German, French, Macedonian and Polish, and is being translated in the United States.

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