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Featured titles

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread

A mediatation on the cultural significance of bread throughout history

Sept. 2020

Price: £ 10,99

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The Fig Tree

The Fig Tree

A multi-generational family saga

October 2020

Price: £ 10,99

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The Masochist

The Masochist

Katja Perat's controversial debut novel

October 2020

Price: £ 9,99

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Latest news

Launch of The Fig Tree

Launch of The Fig Tree

Goran Vojnovic tells all about his latest prize-winning novel 

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Launch of The Masochist

Launch of The Masochist

Katja Perat in coversation with Michael Biggins

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'Our Daily Bread' wins English PEN Award

'Our Daily Bread' wins English PEN Award

English PEN’s flagship translation awards just announced!

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All eBooks half price!

All eBooks half price!

Special lockdown reading offer

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The TLS reviews The Trap

The TLS reviews The Trap

Bruckstein's work recieves attention in the UK media

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At Istros Books, we believe quality has no borders.

Istros Books was set up in 2011 in order to publish and promote literature in translation from SE Europe and the Balkans. In its short history, it has managed to prove itself at the forefront of discovering and promoting exciting new works, ranging from essays on the state of the EU by Slavoj Žižek, to six winners of the EU Prize for Literature.

We are proud to continue our committment to bringing you fresh and exciting works in English translation, including the joint titles published with Peter Owen as part of the World Series collection from Slovenia and Serbia.


"A rather wonderful and admirable list."

John de Falbe, John Sandoe Books


I hope this small and adventurous publisher brings out more.

Nick Lezard, The Guardian


As Britian continues preparations to leave the European Union the work of Istros Books...becomes an ever-more vital link to the continent of Europe.

Irish Examiner


Istros Books has brought a change to the publishing scene by highlighting a region that had until recently been terra incognita

Literature Across Frontiers


Susan Curtis’s pioneering independent list, Istros, which since 2011 has been publishing outstanding fiction from southeastern Europe and the Balkans. 

Eileen Battersby, Irish Times


...nourishment to readers hungry for the best new European fiction, and to those wondering where the new generation of post-Yugoslav novelists are.                     

Kapka Kassabova, The Guardian