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Balkan Bombshells

Balkan Bombshells

An anthology of writing from Serbia and Montenegro

Jan. 2023

Price: £ 9,99

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Canzone di Guerra

Canzone di Guerra

Publishing the backlist of the great Daša Drndić

April 2022

Price: £ 9,99

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Like a Prisoner

Like a Prisoner

Remarkable testaments to human endurance by Fatos Lubonja

Sept. 2022

Price: £ 9,99

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Latest news

Women in Translation month!

Women in Translation month!

Read the work of Daša Drndić

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LIKE A PRISONER wins PEN Award

LIKE A PRISONER wins PEN Award

Pen Translates has awarded our 2022 by Fatos Lubonja

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Women in Translation month!

Women in Translation month!

SNAPPING POINT by Aslı Biçen is a fantasitc read!

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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 Central and SE Europe. In its short history, it has managed to prove itself at the forefront of discovering and promoting exciting new works, ranging from essays and flash fiction to historical novels.

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.


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John de FalbeJohn Sandoe Books


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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