Writer, theatre and film director Marko Sosič passed away aged barely 62. Marko Sosič was born in 1958 in Trieste. He graduated in theatre directing at the Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Zagreb. He has directed in various Slovenian and Italian theatres as well as for television. He was Artistic director of the Slovene National Theatre in Nova Gorica and Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste.
His debut novel, a subtle story about mentally disabled girl, later on a woman, Ballerina, ballerina (1997) was placed on the Slovenian list of the 100 Slavic Novels series. The novel won the Trieste “Vstajenje” Award and was shortlisted for the “Kresnik”, Slovenian award for the best novel of the year. Within the 100 Slavic Novels collection it was translated into Russian and Serbian.
His novels Kratki roman o snegu in ljubezni (A Short Novel on Snow and Love), Ki od daleč prihajaš v mojo bližino (You Who Come to Me from Afar) were also listed for the Kresnik Award, while the novel Tito, amor mijo, also “Kresnik” finalist, was nominated for the Slovenian national Prešeren Fund Award. His works have been translated into Italian, English, French, Croatian, Serbian, Russian, German, Spanish and other languages.