To the Lake is an exquisitely written rallying cry to embrace the notion that the people of the Balkans-and indeed humanity as a whole-have more in common than what divides them, despite generations of strife suggesting otherwise
[An] extraordinarily haunting mixture of travelogue, history and family memoir...a delight, exquisitely written and brimming with compassion... [a] wonderful book
From the deep labyrinths of the Balkan past, Kapka Kassabova has returned with another hoard of extraordinary lives, tales of survival, dark comedy and horror. Humanity glitters under her gaze in all its facets. Her prose is spectacularly good and her storytelling is a joy
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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.