A fascinating book - at once evocative, disturbing and chock-a-block full of charm
A unique memoir of what it was like to grow up in a Communist satellite country. In the mosaic of books about the bad old days, this book is the piece that was always missing. Now we have it, and it shines
Not many books on the travel shelves have the force of revelation, but this one does ... Kapka Kassabova leads us into a country most of us have hardly read about with an elegant assurance, an acid wit and a heart-rending precision that can make you see the world quite differently. This book is a treasure
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Essays & Memoir | Granta 157
The Ninth Spring: One Day at the Kolibi
Kapka Kassabova visits the Osmanovi family in the southern Balkans.
Essays & Memoir | Granta 151
‘The chalky mountain separates the lake from its higher, non-identical twin, but only overground. Underground, they are connected. Ohrid and Prespa: two lakes, one ecosystem.’
In Conversation | Granta 151
Edinburgh Book Festival Special | Podcast
In this special Edinburgh Book Festival edition of the Granta Podcast Laura Barber talks to Kapka Kassabova (Street Without a Name, Twelve Minutes of Love) and Peter Stamm (Seven Years) about the often paradoxical relationship between writing and place.