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Year in review: Comic take on Slovenian literature No.1 bestseller

Ljubljana, 21 December - A comic take on Slovenian literary classics by translator and comedian Boštjan Gorenc - Pižama, which became the book of the year at the recent Slovenian Book Fair, is likely to be Slovenia's 2016 No.1 bestseller as well, with 6,000 copies sold until mid-December.

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SLOLvenski klasiki, a comic take on Slovenian literary classics, by Boštjan Gorenc - Pižama.
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Published by Cankarjeva založba, sLOLvenski klasiki (sLOLvenian Classics) could reach even higher sales numbers with a reprint in the making, the publisher said. Nonetheless, it is already the top-selling book in Slovenia, having left other major publisher's top sellers in the dust.

The closest contender is Giulia Ender's "Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ" with 5,000 copies of Aleš Učakar's translation sold by Mladinska knjiga.

The publisher Sanje again won the lottery with Vladimir Bartol's Alamut, the 1938 novel set in the historical framework of 11th century Persia and deeply rooted in psychology and Nietzschean and Machiavellian philosophy.

Some 4,400 copies have been sold so far, many also because the novel has again been chosen for the matura secondary school-leaving exam reading.

Far behind on the five top bestsellers list is Beletrina's Figa (Fig) by Goran Vojnović, which has sold in 1,500 copies. The family saga tells the story of three generations marked by historical events in the region.

The last to make it among the top five is a history book about the lands of present-day Slovenia which was written to mark the 25th anniversary of Slovenia's independence.

"Slovenska zgodovina: Od prazgodovine kultur do začetka 21. stoletja" (Slovenian History: From Prehistoric Cultures to the Beginning of the 21st Century) by Peter Štih, Vasko Simoniti and Peter Vodopivec, has sold in 1,410 copies. It is publisher Modrijan's this year's bestselling book.

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