The travelogue TRANSVERZALA is a sequel of sorts to the author’s award-winning bestseller The Appalachian Trail. In vivid, rich language spiced with witty observations, Jakob J. Kenda takes the reader on a trail that traverses the breadth and length of his country. The narrative offers glimpses of the past while focusing on the present of the author’s native land, masterfully intertwining and lacing both with intimate allusions to love in all its manifestations.
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JAKOB J. KENDA is best known to the public for his translations, particularly of the Harry Potter books. He has a PhD in literary studies and is listed as author or editor for numerous publications, from anthologies to readers. He writes about literature and film for many newspapers and magazines and lectures on these and other topics. He is also frequently called on when some cultural institution is in need of a crisis manager. One of his greatest passions is hiking. Iin 2017 he became the first Slovene to walk the Appalachian Trail and in 2019 he charted and walked the Slovenian circulair trail Transverzala.
The idea for ‘Transverzala’ – a circular walking route that would encompass the mountainous terrain of Slovenia – was put forward already in 1951, but for political and other reasons only half of it was ever realised. In 2019, the author of the travelogue Transverzala finally charted the entire route and walked its full length accompanied in part by his children and friends. With its 1,200 kilometres in length and 70 km of cumulative altitude gain, the uniquely circular trail now represents all the diverse facets of Slovenia’s mountainous areas, from deep forest wilderness to vast alpine vistas, and offers a way to traverse some very difficult parts of a nation’s past.
Jakob J. Kenda
Transverzala: A Travel Novel
+Editor Mateja Seliškar Kenda
+Maps, vignettes and cover Nina Čelhar
+Proofreader and copy editor Marija Čeč
+Typesetter Matjaž Kavar, RAORA
+Length 264 pages
»A beautiful book! Among the best descriptions of hiking as a way of life and thinking. A true treasure‑house of ideas and initiatives the author is not only theorising about but is also putting into practice. An unpretentious ode to the beauties of Slovenia and a perceptive insight into the soul of its people.« Viki Grošelj, climber and author of Everest
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