TO THE LAKE: A Balkan Journey of War and Peace (Granta UK/ Graywolf USA 2020)
Ohrid made you feel the weight of time, even on a peaceful evening like this, with only the screech of cicadas and the shuffle of old women in slippers.
BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, February 2020
Best Books of 2020 in the Sunday Times, The Financial Times, The Herald, The Tablet, and The Booksellers’ magazine
BORDER: A Journey to the Edge of Europe (Granta UK, Graywolf USA, 2017)
People die crossing borders, and sometimes just being near them. The lucky ones are reborn on the other side.
Winner of the 2018 Highland Book Prize
Winner of the 2017 Edward Stanford Dolman Book of the Year
Winner of the 2017 Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year
Shortlisted for the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing
Shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize for Non-Fiction
Shortlisted for the 2018 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize
Shortlisted for the Baillie-Gifford Prize
Shortlisted for The National Book Critics Circle Awards (US)
Shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize
TWELVE MINUTES OF LOVE: a tango story
Granta UK, 2011
‘An exquisitely crafted blending of travelogue, memoir, dance history and some seriously good writing on the human condition, it delves deep into the obsessive nature of tango and vividly depicts a world full of beauty and heartbreak, love and loss.’ The Independent
STREET WITHOUT A NAME
Granta UK, 2008
“Not many books on the travel shelves have the force of revelation, but this one does. Kapka Kassabova leads us into a country most of us have hardly read about with an elegant assurance, an acid wit and a heart-rending precision that can make you see the world quite differently. This book is a treasure.” Pico Iyer
Alma UK, Penguin NZ, 2011. Bulgarian and Mexican editions.
‘The exoticism here is reminiscent of Somerset Maugham’s Borneo Stories and the quasi-hallucinogenic experiences of Paul Bowles’ The Sheltering Sky.’ The Times Literary Supplement
Penguin NZ, 1999. Israeli and Japanese editions.
Winner of the 2000 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Novel in South-East Asia and the Pacific. Short-listed for 1999 Montana Book Awards for Best First Novel.