Milan Dekleva

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Milan Dekleva (born 1946 in Ljubljana) is a poet, essayist, translator and novelist, who graduated in comparative literature from University of Ljubljana and works as a journalist for several papers and national television. He has published over twenty books of poetry and several plays, two books of short stories, three books of essays and five novels as well as many children’s books, puppet plays, audio plays, songs, television scripts and musicals. An accomplished jazz pianist and a former rugby player, Dekleva, an award-winning author, rose a particular prominence in the nineties. His poems and essays which are formally outstanding deal with the modern human condition in the absence of God.
Milan Dekleva has received several awards for his works: in 1989 the Prešeren fund Award, in 1990 the Jenko Award, in 1995 the Župančič Award, in 1999 the Rožanc Award, in 2003 and 2008 the Veronika Award, in 2006 the great Prešeren Award for his lifetime achievement in the art and literature and Kresnik Award and in 2011 the Desetnica Award.
Dekleva’s works have been translated into a number of languages, including English, Italian, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Czech, Slovak, Croatian and Serbian.