A journey through South East Europe with texts and books that we recommend to anybody interested in the region

A project supported by ERSTE Stiftung

ERSTE Stiftung

These are all books that ESI finds interesting and recommends to our friends. The literary walk, which we are expanding, is a 100 percent noncommercial service: while we ask every publisher for permission, we do not receive any benefit from presenting these books except the joy of sharing our enthusiasm. For any feedback please write to

ESI literary walk: all titles

Literature Map of the Balkans

NEW: Istanbul: Food and the frugal Turks

Turkish Letters. 2005. First published by Eland in 2001, this edition, 2005.

Ogier de Busbecq

NEW: Black Sea: The coming of steam and rail

The Black Sea: A History. 2004. Oxford University Press.

Charles King

NEW: Mestrovic: Motherhood and the Victor

Mestrovic: The Making of a Master. 2008. Stacey International.

Maria Mestrovic, edited by Marcus Tanner

NEW: Rizvanovici, Bosnia: Gnashing

Like Eating a Stone: Surviving the Past in Bosnia. 2008. Portobello Books.

Wojciech Tochman. Translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones

NEW: Down the Danube with Magris: Ruse

Danube. 2001. The Harvill Press. First published in Italian in 1986 and this extract taken from the 2001 translated edition.

Claudio Magris. Translated by Patrick Creagh

NEW: From Pristina to Tskhinvali

Kosovo: What Everyone Needs to Know. 2008. Oxford University Press.

Tim Judah

NEW: Durres 1961: Beijing on Sea

Albania . 1963. Praeger in the US and Weidenfeld and Nicolson. Published in German in 1962 and English in 1963.

Harry Hamm. Translated by Victor Anderson

NEW: 1929: The Balkans and the Great Crash

History of the Balkans: Twentieth Century. (Volume 2). 1983. Cambridge University Press.

Barbara Jelavich

NEW: Rumeli and how the Balkans became the Balkans

The Balkans. 2000. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, an imprint of The Orion Publishing Group, London.

Mark Mazower

NEW: 1948: Stalin, Kosovo and Swallowing Albania

Conversations with Stalin. 2000. Harcourt Brace.

Milovan Djilas

NEW: Transforming Turkey: the 1950s

The Turks Today. 2004. John Murray.

Andrew Mango

NEW: McMafia and the Balkans

McMafia: Crime without Frontiers. 2008. The Bodley Head.

Misha Glenny

NEW: 1916: Serbia in Corfu

Serbia's Great War: 1914-1918. 2007. Hurst.

Andrej Mitrovic

NEW: Princes Amongst Men

Princes Amongst Men: Journeys with Gypsy Musicians. 2007. Serpent's Tail.

Garth Cartwright

NEW: Limp Shevardnadze

Stories I Stole: From Georgia. 2002. Atlantic Books.

Wendell Steavenson

NEW: Knin: War and Suburbia

Are We There Yet? Travels With My Frontline Family. 2007. Reportage Press.

Rosie Whitehouse


Kosovo. 2007. Bradt Guides.

Gail Warrander & Verena Knaus

Sofia: Bulgaria's Jews during WWII

A Concise History of Bulgaria. 2005. Cambridge University Press.

Richard J. Crampton

Dayton: The Napkin Shuttle

To End a War. 1999. The Modern Library, Random House.

Richard Holbrooke

Srebrenica: July 1995

Postcards from the Grave. 2005. Saqi/The Bosnian Institute.

Emir Suljagic

Tornado of Dust - 1944

Eastern Approaches. 2004. Penguin Global.

Fitzroy MacLean

The head of the world

The Companion Guide to Rome. 2006. Companion Guides.

Georgina Masson

Dalmatia: Ships & Grapes

Croatia: A Nation Forged in War. 1997. Yale University Press.

Marcus Tanner

The Rabbi of Stolac

Sarajevo Rose: A Balkan Jewish Notebook. 2005. Saqi/The Bosnian Institute.

Stephen Schwartz

Durham in Pristina - 1908

High Albania. 2000. Phoenix Press, London.

Edith Durham

Tirana: 1962

The Balkans. 1966. Time Incorporated.

Edmund Stillman

Istanbul: Pamuk's City

Istanbul: Memories and the City. 2005. Faber & Faber.

Orhan Pamuk

Mitrovica: 1908

High Albania. 2000. Phoenix Press, London.

Edith Durham

Mealtime - Interwar years in Travnik

Peasant Life in Jugoslavia. 1941. Seeley, Service & Co.

Olive Lodge

Belgrade and the Selenites

Yugoslavia. 1962. Vista Books.

Jean-Marie Domenach & Alain Pontault

Zog's Tirana

King Zog of Albania: Europe's Self-Made Muslim Monarch. 2004. New York University Press.

Jason Tomes