Miha Mazzini, writer

Miha Mazzini is a writer, author of 30 published books, translated in 10 languages. His work was selected for many anthologies including Pushcart prize 2012.

Screenwriter of 2 award winning feature films, TV film and documentary and writer and director of 5 short films.

MA in Creative Writing for Film and Television at The University of Sheffield. PhD in Anthropology of Everyday Life, Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis, Slovenia.

Voting member of the European Film Academy.

Computer consultant specialized for usability of web pages and mobile phones applications.

Fiction:

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Nonfiction:

Manuals:

Scripts:

Films:

Stage plays:

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Green Monster Green Monster

Picture book about envy and how to handle it.

Illustrated by Tanja Komadina.

Mladinska knjiga, 2017, 32 pages, ISBN: 978-961-01-4951-4.

2017
Going Home, picture from https://www.channel4.com/news/left-to-die-in-british-detention-who-was-alois-dvorzac Going Home

A tragedy of confusions (based on a true fate)

He wanted to go home but he forgot where home was. He was very old so everybody else already forgot about him (or didn't want to remember him).

The play was selected as United Kingdom finalist for Creative Europe Playwriting Award for POP Drama.

Out of 347 texts, Going Home ended second.

2016
Map of Other Lives/Zemljevidi tujih življenj Map of Other Lives

A literary thriller about a man, who buys not only a stolen iPad but a deadly secret with it.

Goga, 2016, 334 pages, ISBN: 978-961-277-135-5.

2016
Star Call/Zvezde vabijo Star Call

Novel for young adult readers (12+)

Mladinska knjiga, 200 pages, ISBN: 9789610140450.

Modra ptica award for the best YA novel.

2016
Childhood, Otroštvo Childhood

An autographic novel in fictitious stories.

Goga, 236 pages, ISBN: 978-961-277-096-9.

Kresnik award for the best novel of the year.

2015
Only laughter can save us Only laughter can save us

Selection from the essays about the Slovenian customs, culture and way of living, written for www.siol.net between January 2013 and June 2014.

Goga, 270 pages, ISBN: 978-961-277-084-6.

2014
The Erased, Izbrisana The Erased

Novel.

The state has taken her identity and now they've come for her child.

  1. Slovenian edition: Goga, 210 pages. ISBN: 978-961-277-056-3.
  2. Serbian edition: Orion Art, 2015, 223 pages, ISBN: 866389026-8.
  3. Macedonian edition: Goten Publishing, 2015, 273 pages, ISBN: 978-608-4625-54-4-8.
2014
Crumbs Crumbs

Novel

An immigrant worker from Bosnia falls in love with the actress Nastassja Kinski. To be able to approach her, he has to become famous himself. That's why he sets off on a journey to fame in a black comedy with a twist in its tale.

Freight Books, 2004, ISBN: 978-1908754394.

Slovenian edition published in 1987.

USA edition published in 2004 under the title The Cartier Project.

Detroit Free Press has named The Cartier Project as one of her Top-Ten novels of 2005.

2014
Born for Stories Born for Stories

Nonfiction book about writers and creativity.

E-besede, 2012, 240 pages. ISBN: 9789616693974

  • English Kindle edition, 2014, ISBN: 978-961-6922-35-7
2012
Yugoslav Mexico (YuMex) Yugoslav Mexico (YuMex)

TV documentary about Mexican music craze in the communist Yugoslavia.

Director and screenwriter.

Gustav film, 45 minutes.

2012
Full schedules, empty days Full schedules, empty days

Short stories.

Eleven short stories from everyday life.

Goga, 110 pages. ISBN: 978-961-277-028-0.

2012
Paloma negra Paloma negra

Novel.

A man has signed his own death warrant. And now he is tempted back to life with love, music and beauty.

  1. Slovenian edition: Beletrina, 285 pages, ISBN: 978-961-242-509-8.
  2. English edition: Open Books, 2014, ISBN-13: 978-0692253656.
2012
Christmas Dinner Christmas Dinner

TV film.

Screenwriter.

RTV Slovenia, 58 minutes.

2012
The Finger The Finger

Stageplay.

Ekslibris, 64 pages, ISBN: 978-961-6838-37-5.

2012
Če ti ni kaj prav, se pa izseli! If You Don't Like It Here, Move Out!

Selection from the essays about the Slovenian customs, culture and way of living, written for www.siol.net between May 2010 and June 2011.

Goga, 220 pages, ISBN: 978-961-277-016-7.

2011
The Visit The Visit

Short film.

Director and screenwriter.

Gustav film, TV Slovenia and Slovenian Film Fund, 9 minutes.

  • The best short film of the year at the Slovenian film festival 2011!
  • The best short film of the South East European Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA, 2012!
2011
Ghosts Ghosts

Short story collection.

Ten stories, ten persons or objects that won't remain in the past ...

Goga, 136 pages, ISBN: 978-961-6421-94-2.

2010
German Lottery German Lottery

Novel.

Yugoslavia 1950: government secret agents in long black leather coats are everywhere, people are disappearing during the night. Only ray of hope is an unique charity where every ticket is free and everyone wins, where stakes are getting higher and higher, until one day somebody wins a jackpot …

Beletrina, 155 pages, ISBN: 978-961-242-271-4.

  1. English edition: CB Editions, 2012, ISBN: 978-0-9567359-3-5.
  2. German edition: Transit Verlag, 2016, ISBN: 978-3-88747-335-8.
2010
How to google How to google

Manual for googling.

Rokus Klett, 2009, ISBN: 978-961-209-988-6.

  1. Hungarian edition: Klett Kiadó, 2009, ISBN: 978-963-9641-65-5.
  2. Indian edition: Harper Collins, 2012, ISBN: 978-935-0292310.
2009
Flight to Rome Flight to Rome

Stage play.

Two very different men in an airport chapel. One with a bomb, the other with God (maybe).

Stage play was selected as 'the most excellent, skillfully written and complex' in the PreGlej competition.

Gledališče Glej and MGL, 2008

2008
A Very Simple Story, Slovenian

A Very Simple Story, Italian

A Very Simple Story

International web video project.

The same script filmed with actresses from different countries.

Screenwriter and director of Slovenian (8:28) and Italian (9:57) film.

Project was nominated for the Prix Europe award.

2008
Clear moments Clear moments

Short story collection.

What if you suddenly see in a clear moment  that all of your life is based on a lie? Would you try to ignore it, fight it, will you stay broken? Fourteen moments, fourteen decisions, fourteen stories.

Beletrina, 355 pages, ISBN: 978-961-242-110-6.

2007
Drevo glasov Tree of Voices

Novel for young adult readers (12+)

Založba Grlica, 155 pages, ISBN: 961-6501-91-7.

Novel was shortlisted for Desetnica award for the best Slovenian novel for young readers in 2006.

2005
The King of the Rattling Spirits The King of the Rattling Spirits

Novel

Egon was 12 and he wanted a record player. You can win friends with a record player or chat up a girl, invite her to listen to your records. But in order to get a record player, Egon will have to defeat a neurotic mother, a madly religious grandmother, a sadistic teacher - not to mention souls and angels.

Scala House Press, 2004, ISBN: 9-780972-0287-5-2.

Slovenian edition published in 2001.

2004
The Cartier Project The Cartier Project

Novel

An immigrant worker from Bosnia falls in love with the actress Nastassja Kinski. To be able to approach her, he has to become famous himself. That's why he sets off on a journey to fame in a black comedy with a twist in its tale.

Scala House Press, 2004, ISBN: 0-9720287-4-9. Slovenian edition published in 1987.

Detroit Free Press has named The Cartier Project as one of her Top-Ten novels of 2005.

2004
Another 100 Computer Tips & Tricks Another 100 Computer Tips & Tricks

Manual

Tips & tricks for the user of Windows, Winword, Outlook, Internet Explorer and Outlook Express.

Pasadena, 106 pages.

2003
Orphan with the magic voice Piccolo Willy - Orphan with the magic voice

Short film

Director and screenwriter.

Arsmedia, TV Slovenia and the Slovenian Film Fund, 14 minutes.

2003
Guarding Hanna

Guarding Hanna

Guarding Hanna

Novel

He was born a freak. With above-average intelligence, which soon realises that a body bent on destruction cannot live among others. The only person who can help him is a Mafia don, who has enough money to isolate the monster. But nothing comes free. And now, the moment when the freak has to repay the favour has arrived. He has to come out of isolation and become a bodyguard of a woman named Hanna for a week.

Scala House Press, 2002, ISBN: 0-9720287-1-4.
North Atlantic Books, 2008,  ISBN: 978-1-55643-726-7.

Click here to read the reviews.

Slovenian edition published in 2000.

  1. Booksense's THE DAILY PICK
  2. Nominated for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2004
  3. Novel was selected by critics as 4th best foreign novel of the year 2008 in Serbia
2002
Home Delivery Home Delivery

Essays

All you ever wanted to know about everyday life but you didn't have anybody to ask.

Založba Goga, 131 pages.

2002
King of the rattling spirits

King of the rattling spirits

King of the rattling spirits

Novel

Egon was 12 and he wanted a record player. You can win friends with a record player or chat up a girl, invite her to listen to your records. But in order to get a record player, Egon will have to defeat a neurotic mother, a madly religious grandmother, a sadistic teacher - not to mention souls and angels.

Beletrina, 286 pages. Second Slovenian edition: 2008.

  1. American edition: Scala House Press, 2004, ISBN: 9-780972-0287-5-2.
  2. Croatian edition: Fraktura, 2005
  3. Chech edition: Argo, 2005
  4. Italian edition: Fazi Editore, 2008
2001
Sweet Dreams Sweet Dreams

Feature film

Screenwriter

Produced by ArsMedia and the Slovenian Film Fund, 110 minutes.

The premiere was at the 4th Slovenian Film Festival March 30, 2001. The film won:

  1. The award for best feature film
  2. The award for best actress - Veronika Drolc
  3. The award for best screenplay - Miha Mazzini
  4. The Synchro film award for the producer of the best film - Franci Zajc
  5. The Slovenian film critics' award for best film
  6. the Stop magazine award for the best actress of the year - Veronika Drolc
International awards:
  1. Special award for achievement at the 3rd film festival in Motovun, Croatia (2001)
  2. Golden Palm for best film at Mostra de Valencia XXII (2001)
  3. FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) film prize at the Troia Film Festival in Portugal (2002)
  4. "Der Heinrich" award at The Braunschweig Filmfest, Germany (2002)
2001
100 Computer Tips & Tricks 100 Computer Tips & Tricks

Manual

Tips&tricks for the user of Windows, Winword, Excel, Internet Explorer and Outlook Express.

Pasadena, 108 pages.

2001
Telesni čuvaj

Telesni čuvaj

Guarding Hanna

Novel

He was born a freak. With above-average intelligence, which soon realises that a body bent on destruction cannot live among others. The only person who can help him is a Mafia don, who has enough money to isolate the monster. But nothing comes free. And now, the moment when the freak has to repay the favour has arrived. He has to come out of isolation and become a bodyguard of a woman named Hanna for a week.

Beletrina, 333 pages.

  1. American edition: Scala House Press, 2002
  2. New Slovenian edition by Dnevnik/DZS, 2004.
  3. USA, 2nd edition: North Atlantic Books/Random House, 2008
  4. Serbia: Klett, 2008
  5. Poland: Grube Ryby, 2008
  6. Italy: Nikita Editore, 2011, ISBN: 9788895812069.
  7. Turkey: Altın Bilek Yayınları, 2015, ISBN: 9786055831929.
2000
Time is a big chocolate cake Time is a big chocolate cake

Picture book for children aged 6-9.

Kres, 32 pages.

TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH

1999
You're free. Decide. You're free. Decide.

Short film.

Director and screenwriter.

God gave man free will.
The horror of existence starts the moment we must begin to use this divine gift.

Produced by E-motion film, TV Slovenia and the Slovenian Film Fund, 15 minutes.

Best director award on The Highgate Film Festival, London (2001).

1999
Today's Special: 2 manuals and 3 scripts Today's Special: 2 manuals and 3 scripts

Scriptwriting manuals: How to write a script, How to use WinWord for scriptwriting. Scripts: The Cartier Project, Thomas and Sweet Dreams

Triona, 424 pages.

TWO SCRIPTS TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH

1998
The Taming of the Word The Taming of the Word

Manual

Tips&tricks for the power user of Winword and manual for WordBasic programming language.

Pasadena, 454 pages. With CD-ROM.

1996
WordStar for Dummies WordStar for Dummies

Manual for the computer program.

Pasadena, 388 pages.

TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH

1996
Satan's Crown Satan's Crown

Novel

A man with very heightened senses (he can see bacteria floating in the air; bodily fluids oozing from every single pore in human skin) falls in love with a woman. But to love is to touch. Can love overcome his senses?

Wieser, 199 pages.

1993
Clipper Clipper

Manual for the programming language.

Self-published, 704 pages.

1993
The Collector of Names The Collector of Names

Novel

Night on an island. The well behaved and polite demon will come from the woods and ask you for your name. If you answer, you are left without a name. Can anybody live without it? Even through that single night?

Sklad Vladimir Slejko, 173 pages, 30,000 copies!

The novel was chosen as one of the best five novels of the year in Sklad Vladimir Slejko’s competition.

TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH

1993
The Cartier Project The Cartier Project

TV film

Screenwriter.

Produced by TV Slovenija, 90 minutes.

Winner of Prix CIRCOM REGIONAL Fiction 1992, winner 1991 Slovenian film of the year, selected by the audience, Borut Veselko - actor of the year, selected by the audience.

SUBTITLED IN ENGLISH

1991
Computer Tutor Computer Tutor

Manual for first time users of personal computers.

Grad, 84 pages. With video tape and diskette.

1990
Clipper Clipper

Manual for the programming language.

Self-published, 500 pages.

1989
The Musics The Musics

Short stories.

Stories from this book have appeared in numerous foreign anthologies. Two stories were made into short films.

Self-published, 157 pages.

TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH

1989
Clipper Clipper

Manual for the programming language.

Self-published, 204 pages.

1988
Crumbs

Crumbs

The Cartier Project

Novel

An immigrant worker from Bosnia falls in love with the actress Nastassja Kinski. To be able to approach her, he has to become famous himself. That's why he sets off on a journey to fame in a black comedy with a twist in its tale.

Prešernova družba, 165 pages, 54,000 copies!

The book sold 54,000 copies and won a national award for Best Slovenian Novel and the 'Zlata ptica' award for excellent artistic achievement by a young writer. The book was made into the film The Cartier Project awarded the CIRCOM Award for the Best European TV Film of the year 1992.

  1. American edition: Scala House Press, 2004
  2. new Slovenian edition with DVD, Rokus, 2006
  3. UK edition: Freight Books, 2014, ISBN: 978-1908754394
  4. Macedonian edition: Antolog, 2015, ISBN: 608243087-5
1987
The Band of Ocka Orel The Band of Ocka Orel

Poems, songs for the (non-existent) punk band and short stories.

Self-published, 70 pages.

1981

Awards: The best Slovenian novel of the year for The Cartier Project 1986
  'Zlata ptica' award for excellent artistic achievement by a young writer 1988
  European CIRCOM Award for the Best TV Film of the year for The Cartier Project 1992
  Award for the best screenplay for the TV film Thomas in the TV Slovenia competition 1994
  Award for the best screenplay for the short film The Call in the TV Slovenia competition 2000
  Best director award on The Highgate Film Festival, London 2001
  'Vesna' award for the best screenplay for Sweet Dreams, Slovenian Film Festival 2001
  'Vesna' award for the best film for Sweet Dreams, Slovenian Film Festival 2001
  Golden palm for the best film of the XXII Mostra de Valencia for Sweet Dreams 2001
  FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) film prize at the Troia Film Festival in Portugal for Sweet Dreams 2002
  "Der Heinrich" award at The Braunschweig Filmfest, Germany for Sweet Dreams 2002
  Detroit Free Press has named The Cartier Project as one of her Top-Ten novels of 2005. 2006
  Novel Tree of Voices was shortlisted for Desetnica award for the best Slovenian novel for young readers. 2006
  Stage play Flight to Rome was selected as "the most excellent, skilfully written and complex" in the PreGlej competition. 2007
  Very Simple Story was nominated for the Prix Europe award. 2008
  Novel Guarding Hanna was selected by critics as 4th best foreign novel of the year 2008 in Serbia 2009
  The best short story of the Slovenian Book Days 2010 award for the short story Twenty-first Floor 2010
  Finalist of Bristol Short Story Prize 2011 with short story The Flies 2011
  The best short film of the year at the Slovenian film festival 2011 for film The Visit 2011
  Pushcart prize for short story That Winter, published in Ecotone magazine 2012
  Short film The Visit wins at the South East European Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA 2012
  "Modra ptica" award for the best YA novel for Star Call 2016
  "Kresnik" award for the best Slovenian novel for Childhood 2016
  The play Going Home was selected as United Kingdom finalist for Creative Europe Playwriting Award for POP Drama. Out of 347 texts, the play ended second. 2016

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