Aleš Šteger

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Slovenian writer Aleš Šteger has published seven books of poetry, three novels, and two books of essays. A Chevalier des Artes et Lettres in France and a member of the Berlin Academy of Arts, he received the 1998 Veronika Prize for the best Slovenian poetry book, the 1999 Petrarch Prize for young European authors, the 2007 Rožanc Award for the best Slovenian book of essays, and the 2016 International Bienek Prize. His work has been translated into over fifteen languages, including Chinese, German, Czech, Croatian, Hungarian, and Spanish. He has published four books in English: The Book of Things, Berlin, Essential Baggage, and the novel Absolution. He also has worked in the field of visual arts (most recently with a large scale installation at the International Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India), completed several collaborations with musicians (Godalika, Uroš Rojko, Peter N. Gruber), and collaborated with Peter Zach on the film Beyond Boundaries.


Workshop with Aleš Šteger 10:00-12:00 | Newcastle University


My Mother

My mother

Who art in bodies,

Devastation is your name.

Come to me at least

In your exile,

Your brutality occurs

In poverty and plenty.

Toss today at least

A worthless crumb

And forgive me

My moments of weakness,

When I try to steal more from life

Than you intend.

Don’t lead me once more into emptiness,

May my bones be crushed

When you caress me,


Translated from Slovenian by Brian Henry


Mati moja,

Ki si v telesih,

Razdejanje je tvoje ime.

Pridi vsaj k meni,

V tvoje izgnanstvo,

Zgodi se tvoje nasilje

V revščini in izobilju.

Navrzi vsaj danes

Kakšno puhlo drobtino

In odpusti mi

Trenutke šibkosti,

Ko poskušam ukrasti življenju

Več, kot nameniš.

Ne odpelji me ponovno v praznino,

Naj se zdrobé moje kosti,

Ko me pobožaš,


Forthcoming in Above the Sky beneath the Earth (White Pine Press, USA, 2019)