“Afferra il coniglio” wins Premio Latisana per il Nordest

“Catch the Rabbit” has won the International Latisana per il Nordest prize in Italy. The Italian edition was published by Nutrimenti edizioni and translated by Elisa Copetti. The prize was awarded on September 11 ex aequo to Lana Bastašić for “Catch the Rabbit” and Paolo Malaguti for “Se l'acqua ride”. These two novels beat 65 titles and made it to the top.

In an official statement, the jury elaborated on their decision to choose “Catch the Rabbit”: There is a generation of young authors mainly from the Balkan area, who work on innovative forms of storytelling, able to represent contradictions and aporias of the new Europe. Lana Bastašić belongs to this group of storytellers children of war. The “on the road” novel, narrating the friendship between Sara and Lejla, becomes a clear metaphor of an estrangement condition that, starting from a painful memory, is capable to represent large part of contemporary society.

The author decided to share her prize with her Italian translator, Elisa Copetti, stating that “we don't appreciate literary translators as we should”.

The video of the entire ceremony is available on YouTube here.

The award ceremony at Teatro Odeon in Latisana, Italy.

“Catch the Rabbit” shortlisted for Italian Premio Latisana per il Nord-Est

28° Premio Letterario Internazionale “Latisana per il Nord-Est”


Martedì 31 agosto alle ore 11.00, nella Sala Pasolini del Palazzo della Regione di Udine, si è tenuta la conferenza stampa di annuncio dei finalisti del Premio Narrativa e del vincitore del Premio Territorio Coop Alleanza 3.0:


Lana Bastašić, Afferra il coniglio (Nutrimenti)

Romina Casagrande, I bambini di Svevia (Garzanti)

Paolo Malaguti, Se l’acqua ride (Einaudi)

La cerimonia di premiazione, durante la quale verrà proclamato il vincitore del Premio Narrativa, avrà luogo sabato 11 settembre alle ore 20.30 nel Teatro Odeon di Latisana e sarà trasmessa in streaming sul canale YouTube del Premio.

Obbligo di certificazione verde e di prenotazione contattando la biblioteca.

“Catch the Rabbit” Selected for Indies Introduce

“Catch the Rabbit” has been selected for the Indies Introduce debut picks of the season in the USA. Two panels of booksellers chose the Indies Introduce titles—10 adult and 10 children’s—as the best of the Summer / Fall 2021 debuts. Publishers offer special terms on these books just for participating indie booksellers.

Here is what the booksellers who nominated it had to say about the novel:

“Amazing, heart-wrenching, wondrous. A years-spanning story of an intense friendship and how history (you know, wars and stuff) weighs on people's bonds. More than a decade ago, Sara left Bosnia, never to return. Now, drawn back by a long-lost childhood friend, she’s on a road trip through the Western Balkans, her own past, and a landscape scarred by social and political violence. Bastašić wrestles questions of obligation and understanding into one woman’s deeply personal reckoning. What do we owe the people who’ve shaped us, who taught us how to feel alive? What we know (and un-know) of our friends, our histories, and ourselves? It’s a story of how a person can misunderstand her friend and herself and then be completely wrecked and rebuilt as she grows to a new understanding of her world. Prepare to be split in two. WOW!” -Chris Lee, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI

“Sara and Lejla remind us that slipping back into an old friendship is the most comfortable and impossible thing to do. With too much shared and not enough spoken, Catch the Rabbit holds the truth of how growing up and coming of age are two separate events, neither of which anyone really does with grace, or without pain.” -Carrie Koepke, Skylark Bookshop, Columbia, MO

“A compelling story about a complex female friendship. Two estranged friends go on a Thelma and Louise-style road trip across Bosnia in search of one friend's brother (presumed dead from the Bosnian War). For readers of Ferrante's Neapolitan Quartet and any who has had intense childhood friendships.” -Audrey Huang, Belmont Books, Belmont, MA

Saša Stanišić Reviews “Fang den Hasen” for Die Zeit

Lejla und Sara sind unterwegs, in einem maroden Opel Astra über den Balkan, mit Wien als Ziel. Sie überqueren die Grenze nach Österreich und rasten an einem See. Am Ufer spielen zwei Mädchen, auf jene versunkene Weise in ihre Kindheit vertieft, die ahnen lässt: Die Freude und Unbeschwertheit werden kippen, das Spiel wird kippen, etwas verloren gehen, vernichtet werden. – KEEP READING HERE

OUT NOW: German Edition of “Catch the Rabbit”

S. Fischer Verlag have just brought out the German edition of the novel “Catch the Rabbit”, translated by Rebekka Zeinzinger and edited by Teresa Puetz.

»Eine europäische Literatur, [die] vollbringt, was hervorragende Literatur vollbringen sollte – uns hoffen lassen, dass sich Wunder erfüllen. Lana Bastašićs Geschichten müssen erzählt werden.« Saša Stanišić


Als junge Mädchen waren sie unzertrennlich, obwohl sie gegensätzlicher nicht sein könnten: Lejla, die Schamlose, Unbändige. Sara, die besonnene Tochter des Polizeichefs. Eine zwiespältige Nähe aus Befremden und Anziehung. Eine außergewöhnliche Freundschaft, die plötzlich zerfiel wie das Land, in dem sie aufwuchsen. 12 Jahre ist es her, als Sara Bosnien verließ, um an einem besseren Ort ein neues Leben zu beginnen. 12 Jahre absoluter Funkstille, als ein Anruf sie in die verlorene Heimat zurückbringt. Die Rückkehr wird kein harmloses Wiedersehen zweier Kindheitsfreundinnen.
Mit einer fesselnden Sprache zwischen rebellischem Trotz und beißender Komik erzählt Bosniens aufregender Literatur-Shootingstar Lana Bastašić in »Fang den Hasen« von einer außergewöhnlichen Freundschaft in den Wirren der jugoslawischen Geschichte – ausgezeichnet mit dem Literaturpreis der Europäischen Union 2020.