Sanje Publishing

France Prešeren audiobooks
by France Prešeren

  • audiobook/poetry
  • national award for the best design of 2001
France Prešeren audiobooks

A multilingual audiobook series based on poetry by France Prešeren, contemporary (and in some cases translator) of such great Romantic poets as Mickiewicz, Pushkin, Lord Byron ... Up there with the best of them but largely unknown because of his choice to write in Slovenian and help transform this marginalized language into a vehicle for the high Romantic poetry of his time.

Prešeren’s poems are now available as poetry should be: for listening, not silent reading. It is not by chance that Slovenian has the same word for “poem” and “song”.

The recordings include a complete version of Prešeren’s most famous work, Sonetni venec (A wreath of sonnets). This is not an ordinary sonnet cycle: the last line of one sonnet becomes the first line of the next, intertwining all fourteen sonnets to form a “garland” charged with emotion and symbolism. The first lines of the fourteen sonnets form another sonnet, and the first letters of these lines form the words “Primicovi Julji” (“to Julija Primic”, his unrequited love). Also included is another remarkable series of sonnets, The Sonnets of Unhappiness (Sonetje nesreče).

The series contains three audiobooks:

Poezije (in Slovenian)
-with the participation of Pavle Ravnohrib, Polde Bibič, Veronika Drolc, Jerica Mrzel, Aleš Valič, Uroš Smolej in Uroš Furst

Sonnets of Unhappiness and Other Poems (in English)
-with the participation of Vanessa Redgrave, Simon Callow, Katrin Cartlidge and Marjana Lipovšek (music by Rainer Bischof)
-first published in 2001
Distribution/publishing rights available.

Sonette der Liebe und andere Gedichte (in German)
-with the participation of Angelika Maria Škoda, Blixa Bargeld and Marjana Lipovšek (music by Rainer Bischof)
-first published in 2001
Distribution/publishing rights available.

We plan on expanding the series to other languages.