Aleš Debeljak

Aleš Debeljak is a Slovenian poet and cultural critic. His poetry books in English include The City and the Child, Dictionary of Silence, and Anxious Moments, and his nonfiction works include The Hidden Handshake: National Identity and Europe in the Post-Communist World, Reluctant Modernity: The Institution of Art and Its Historical Forms, and Twilight of the Idols: Recollections of a Lost Yugoslavia. A former Roberta Buffet Professor of International Studies at Northwestern University, he teaches at the University of Ljubljana and the Collège d’Europe, Natolin-Warsaw.

  •  March 2009 WLT The moment we open a book and yield to the adventurous challenge, we assert that our place of residence is in the Republic of Letters. It cannot be found in any world atlas; its borders are unstable and passionately negotiated time and again. With every story read, with every verse quietly recounted, we renew our citizenship in the republic....
  • Andrew Zawacki, ed. New York. Persea. 2011. xiv + 178 pages. $20. isbn 978-0-89255-365-5 Slovenian poet Aleš Debeljak (b. 1961) belongs to the group of prominent intellectuals and writers whose poetry—as well as critical, theoretical, and philosophical practice—marked the former Yugoslav cultural and literary space. The author is internationally renowned as one of the major poets of central Euro...