Goran Vojnović

Goran Vojnović (born 11 June 1980) is a Slovenian writer, poet, screenwriter and film director.[1] He is best known for his 2008 novel Southern Scum Go Home (Slovene: Čefurji raus!) which won him numerous awards as well as a lawsuit filed by the Slovenian Police that was withdrawn a day later after media attention and public outrage at police filing charges for a work of fiction brought embarrassment to the Slovenian Ministry of Interior.[2]

Goran Vojnović
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Born(1980-06-11)11 June 1980 (aged 39)
Ljubljana, Slovenia
OccupationWriter, poet, screenwriter, film director
Notable worksČefurji raus!, Jugoslavija moja dežela
Notable awardsPrešeren Foundation Award
2009 for Čefurji raus!
Kresnik Award
2009 for Čefurji raus!

Vojnović was born in Ljubljana. He studied at the Academy for Theatre, Radio, Film and Television. He published his first collection of poetry Lep je ta svet in 1998. His novel Čefurji raus! started out as an unfinished film script. It describes life of immigrant youth in the Fužine estate in Ljubljana, their everyday problems and cultural differences between locals and immigrants from the former Yugoslavia. For it he won the Prešeren Foundation Award[3] and the Kresnik Award in 2009. It has been translated and published in Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Czech[4] and Italian and excerpts translated into German and English.[5]

His novel Jugoslavija, moja dežela (Yugoslavia, My Fatherland) was published in 2011 by Beletrina. The English translation was published in 2015 by Istros Books in the UK.[6]

Published worksEdit

  • Lep je ta svet, self-published poetry collection (1998)
  • Čefurji raus! (Southern Scum Go Home!), novel (2008)
  • Ko Jimmy Choo sreča Fidela Castra (When Jimmy Choo Meets Fidel Castro), collection of newspaper commentaries (2010)
  • Jugoslavija, moja dežela (Yugoslavia, My Fatherland), novel (2013)[7]
  • Figa (The Fig ), novel (2016)[8]

Works Translated into EnglishEdit


  1. ^ "Slovene Writers' Association site". Live Literature Festival (in Slovenian). DSP Slovene Writers' Association. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Razžaljeni policisti zaslišali avtorja (Offended Police Interrogate Author)". newspaper (in Slovenian). Dnevnik 23 January 2009. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  3. ^ Slovenian Ministry of Culture, complete list of Prešeren Foundation Awards recipients[dead link]
  4. ^ Traduki European network for literature and books site
  5. ^ Read Central Slovenian Literature in Translation site
  6. ^ "Yugoslavia, My Fatherland". istrosbooks.com. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  7. ^ Press, Beletrina Publishing. "Goran Vojnović: Jugoslavija, moja dežela • Beletrina - beletrina.si". beletrina.si (in Slovenian). Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  8. ^ Publisher's site, Beletrina

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