Aleš Steger


Aleš Steger about Hasselt-Genk

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When does our journey come to an end? When we run out of money? When we have had one hotel breakfast too many?...

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Poet, essayist and novelist Aleš Šteger (Slovenia, 1973) belongs to a generation of writers that started to publish right after the fall of Yugoslavia. His first poetry collection Šahovnice ur (1995) was sold in three weeks after publication and indicated a new generation of Slovenian artists and writers. Since then Šteger has published poetry, novels and essays. His books have been translated into sixteen languages and his poems appeared in internationally renown magazines and newspapers as The New Yorker, Die Zeit, Neue Züricher Zeitung, TLS. Among other prizes and honours his English translation of Knjiga reči (The Book of Things, 2010) won two mayor U.S. translation awards (BTBA award and AATSEL). Besides writin and translating from German and Spanish Šteger is also the programme director of Beletrina academic Press that he co-funded ( From 1995 to 2004 he was the initiator and programme director of the international poetry festival Days of Poetry and Wine ( He worked also as programme director of the Terminal 12 - programme strand at the Maribor 2012 European Capital of Culture.

For citybooks, Aleš Šteger will write about two Belgian cities: Hasselt and Genk.