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Biggins, Michael

Overview
Works: 104 works in 202 publications in 2 languages and 2,767 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Biography  Personal narratives‡vSlovenian  Personal narratives  Autobiographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  Historical fiction  Autobiographical fiction 
Roles: Translator, Author of introduction, Author, Interviewee, Editor
Classifications: PG1919.2.A54, 891.8435
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Michael Biggins
Pilgrim among the shadows by Boris Pahor( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A memoir by Boris Pahor, a Slovene from Trieste, who spent the last fourteen months of World War II as a prisoner and medic in the camps at Belsen, Harzungen, Dachau, and Natzweiler, and visited one of the camps twenty years later
Mocking desire by Drago Jančar( Book )

5 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel on New Orleans through the eyes of Gregor Gradnik, a visiting Slovenian professor of creative writing at a university. He leads a split life, respectable academic during the day, bar crawler at night
Alamut by Vladimir Bartol( Book )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2018 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The young and beautiful gazell-eyed Halima arrives at Alamut in a wooden cage, oblivious to the machinations that have delivered her. Equally as young and handsome Avani ibn Tahir enters through the fortress gates on horseback, prepared to avenge his grandfather's death. Unbeknownst to them both, they will each soon be playing leading roles in the tragedy steadily unfolding behind the walls of Alamut. For it is here that the Master of Alamut-the Old Man of the Mountain and self-proclaimed prophet Hasan ibn Sabbah-has devised a scheme, after years of arduous study, that will extend his rule across Persia and ultimately alter the political landscape of the world for centuries-but not without horrible human consequences
The blue tower by Tomaž Šalamun( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The work of this "eminent, still-wild spirit of Central Europe" (Publishers Weekly) continues to electrify. In The Blue Tower, language is remade with tenderness and abandon: "Rommel was kissing heaven's dainty hands and yet / from his airplane above the Sahara my uncle / Rafko Perhauc still blew him to bits." There is an effervescence and a sense of freedom to Tomaž Salamun's poetry that has made him an inspiration to successive generations of American poets, "a poetic bridge between old European roots and the American adventure" (Associated Press). Trivial and monumental, beautiful and grotesque, healing, ferocious, mad: The Blue Tower is an essential volume
The errors of Young Tjaž by Florjan Lipuš( )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With its echoes of fellow Austrian novelist Robert Musil's novella Young Törless, and of Günter Grass's The Tin Drum, Florjan Lipuš's Young Tjaž, first published in 1972, helped moved the critique of Germanic Europe's fundamental social conformity into the postwar age
The galley slave by Drago Jančar( Book )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In late-medieval Europe, Johan Ot flees the Inquisition across Slovenian lands, all the while embodying the spirit of rebellion and consorting with merchants, peasants, pilgrims, prostitutes, pagans, heretics and thieves
Northern lights by Drago Jančar( Book )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A ballad for Metka Krašovec by Tomaž Šalamun( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and Slovenian and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mit mir schläft man auf hartem Boden unter Skorpionen, aber auch dort, wo man Früchte pflückt und murmelt, du bist die Farbe, du bist die Farbe.<Radikal und kompromisslos lebt Tomaž Šalamun seine eigenen Albträume und Ekstasen, doch er lebt auch unsere. Er verzeichnet in extremis die Wunder und Verbrechen des sich selbst verschlingenden und gebärenden Kosmos,>den Kampf um den Samen, der im All abläuft<. Ballade für Metka Krašovec ist ein Buch über Liebe und Lust. Ein Buch, in dem Šalamun die Erlebnisse eines aufwühlenden Jahres bannt, durchwirkt von seiner Poesie, in der es keine Trennung zwischen Realem und Surrealem, zwischen Magie und Wirklichkeit gibt. Warme Erinnerung an die Kindheit in Slowenien, die Hochzeitstage mit seiner Frau Metka, die Nächte mit seinem mexikanischen Geliebten Alejandro (>siehst du denn nicht, dass er mir als Christus erschienen ist<) - alles wird einer befreienden Poetik der omnipräsenten Verzückung unterworfen und folgt den Geboten der>Transgression<, der Überschreitung poetischer Geschmacks- und Tabugrenzen
The tree with no name by Drago Jančar( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A diary recounting four decades' worth of sexual exploits, the memoir of a mental institution attendant, and a familiar-looking bicycle dredged out of a river -- the discovery of these artifacts sends an archivist on an obsessive quest to discover their owners' identities and fates. Shifting between Slovenia's postcommunist present and its wartime occupation by the Axis, The Tree with No Name might well be Drago Jancar's masterpiece : a compelling and universally significant story of an individual confronting the constraints on truth set by his -- and every -- culture
I saw her that night by Drago Jančar( Book )

4 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"I Saw Her That Night is a tragic love story set amid the atrocities of World War II in Slovenia"--
Blackboards by Tomaž Šalamun( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The master of insomnia : selected poems = La maître de l'insomnie : poèmes choisis by Boris A Novak( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publishing in Yugoslavia's successor states( Book )

6 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Games with Greta : & other stories by Suzana Tratnik( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The protagonists of Suzana Tratnik's short stories all share a sense of isolation on society's margins. Whether non-participants in the mainstream, rebels against it, or its occasional victims, they're well practiced at recognizing the herd instinct in action. From the six-year-old girl who discovers transgressive new games to play with her glamorous cousin from England; to a decidedly unusual schoolchild inventing a novel way of getting back at playground bullies; to young women who find their love interests drifting away, seduced by conventional notions of popularity and success; to a narrator who suddenly finds herself on no ordinary train trip through the heart of Slovenia -- these are characters and stories that deftly and sardonically underscore the phantom nature of "normalcy" itself and the risks of its tyranny for dissenters and conformists alike"--
Newcomers by Lojze Kovačič( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The first volume of this three-part autobiographical series begins in 1938 with the expulsion of the Kovacic family from their home of Switzerland, eventually leading to their settlement in the father's home country of Slovenia. Narrated by Kovacic as a ten-year-old boy, he describes his family's journey with uncanny naivete. Before leaving their home, he imagines his father's home country as something beautiful out of a fairytale, but as they make their way toward exile, he and his family realize that any attempt to make a home in Slovenia will be in vain. Confronted by misery, hunger, and hostility, the young boy refuses to learn Slovenian and falls silent, his surroundings becoming a social, cultural and mental abyss. Kovacic meticulously, boldly, and sincerely portrays the objective, everyday world; the style is clear and direct. Told from the point of view of a child, one memory is interrupted by fragments and visions of another. Some are innocent and tender, while others are miserable and ruthless, resulting in a profound and heart-wrenching description of a period torn apart by conflict, reflected in the author's powerful and innovative command of language"--
Double vision : four Slovenian poets : Aleš Debeljak, Alojz Ihan, Brane Mozetič, Jure Potokar( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edvard Kocbek : [dokumentarna monografija : 1904-2004] by Edvard Kocbek( Book )

6 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Al-Araf : a collection of literary sketches by Vladimir Bartol( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Newcomers by Lojze Kovačič( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The first volume of this three-part autobiographical series begins in 1938 with the expulsion of the Kovacic family from their home of Switzerland, eventually leading to their settlement in the father's home country of Slovenia. Narrated by Kovacic as a ten-year-old boy, he describes his family's journey with uncanny naivete. Before leaving their home, he imagines his father's home country as something beautiful out of a fairytale, but as they make their way toward exile, he and his family realize that any attempt to make a home in Slovenia will be in vain. Confronted by misery, hunger, and hostility, the young boy refuses to learn Slovenian and falls silent, his surroundings becoming a social, cultural and mental abyss. Kovacic meticulously, boldly, and sincerely portrays the objective, everyday world; the style is clear and direct. Told from the point of view of a child, one memory is interrupted by fragments and visions of another. Some are innocent and tender, while others are miserable and ruthless, resulting in a profound and heart-wrenching description of a period torn apart by conflict, reflected in the author's powerful and innovative command of language"--
Soviet literary culture in the 1970s : the politics of irony by Anatoliĭ Vishevskiĭ( Book )

5 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Post-thaw ideals and values. This period that ended with the beginning of perestroika and glasnost, Vishevsky believes, also was the incubator of many processes now prevalent in the country's literature and culture. Although censorship kept this ironic worldview off the main stage of Soviet literature, it surfaced in peripheral forms - stand-up comedy, songs of the "bards," short stories in periodicals and newspapers, radio and TV shows, local cinematography, regional
 
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Biggins, M.

Biggins, Michael E.

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