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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

Canzone di Guerra wins PEN Award

Canzone di Guerra wins PEN Award

Pen Translates has awarded our 2021 novel by the late Daša Drndić

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Borderless Book Club

Borderless Book Club

SNAPPING POINT by Aslı Biçen is the May read

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EBRD Literature Prize long-lasting!

EBRD Literature Prize long-lasting!

The Highly Unreliable Account of the History of a Madhouse by Ayfer Tunç makes the cut...

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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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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


"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