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Apokalipsa

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Apokalipsa magazine brings freshness to the Slovenian cultural magazine scene and it has been an important part of it since the very start. Together with Apokalipsa cultural society, it was formed in the nineties and it represents a civil-society basis for the development of the magazine, book publishing and various initiatives of the cultural and social scene in Slovenia. It is the only culture environment in Slovenia that developed in the years after Slovenia gained independence and remained in operation to this day. In its very beginning and during its first years, the magazine started to connect the feelings and reflections of new generations with a spiritual foundation of the passing millennium and the upcoming challenges of literature and philosophical tradition. Each year, the magazine organizes an international haiku contest and a haiku comic strip contest, which is a special medium and an “invention” of the editorial board and comic strip authors. A few years ago, a philosophy contest was organized as well. Especially both forms of haiku give Apokalipsa the possibility to offer a concise, singular and magical insight into deeper dimensions of understanding reality while encouraging us to observe the world around us more carefully and accept it. Not as a concept but, phenomenologically speaking, as an unveiling of what is hidden in the mystery it is an incision in the continuing verbal creation and thinking, and in this sense it gives life to something new. The narration returns in the style of new decadence, which is paradoxically also the beginning of new ethics, sensitivity to the Other and Different. Apokalipsa introduces numerous existentialist thinkers who have not been properly presented to the Slovenian spiritual sphere yet. Consequently, it is becoming increasingly evident that its discussions are trying to build a path towards the tradition of structuralism in its extended perspective of contemporary poststructuralism and hermeneutics, since it continues to unfold ever greater semantic innovations in its contemporary essayistic language as well. In terms of contemporary philosophical language, Apokalipsa examines the field of radical ethics with contemporary hermeneutics and Christian postmodern thought. Thus reading Apokalipsa means reading between tradition and innovation.

An important aspect of the magazine is original literature. The editorial board has managed to introduce a number of promising poets and storytellers to the literary world, and they are successfully gaining recognition in the company of older and better known authors. It offers two sections devoted to encouraging young writers and, in a way, they are a moral obligation of the magazine: the author’s first publication does not revolve only around quality since the role of mentorship is in the forefront. Translations of texts are especially valuable, be it anthological presentations of foreign literature or separate authors. Apokalipsa is taking brave steps into the international sphere with its international project called Review within review (and occasional English issues are created with this purpose as well) that also opens a dialogue, which can create astonishing effects.

Apokalipsa has been a monthly magazine ever since 2002 when the Review within review project began. As a part of the project, Apokalipsa has already presented 9 different magazines from 8 countries. Since the very start, it has managed and coordinated the Review within review international project that currently unites 15 magazines from 12 countries and offers 40 different exchanges and numerous other events (festivals, tours, symposiums, workshops, publisher meetings). Apokalipsa constantly strives to create a space of live culture and also opens new paths for itself to go further and expand the artistic aspect of freedom in the dialogue of diversity and the refined internalized polemics originating from it, and thus carry out its continuously rich, diverse and varied program. Of course this is polemos, which does not consider the discussion partner as an adversary and does not accept simplifications or intellectual terror. That is why the magazine continues to promote diversity. Its quality is based on continuous adjustments of the program in response to reality. Therefore it covers special topics and prepares special issues, such as yearly feminist (gender) issues of Apokalipsa, which examine feminist discourse that can be encountered only rarely and unsystematically in Slovenia. Special attention is devoted to the Slovenian social and cultural reality. We encourage a wide circle of intellectuals from various spheres of cultural life to participate in the analysis of the situation and share their vision of development.

In these times of segmentation and division Apokalipsa improves the recognisability of its cultural contents with a rich visual image on the outside and varied content on the inside, including artistic, photographic and abovementioned comic strip supplements.

Publisher information

  • Publisher: Kulturno umetniško društvo Apokalipsa
  • Representative: Primož Repar, predsednik
  • Address: Ulica Lili Novy 25
  • Post office: 1000 Ljubljana
  • Country: Slovenija
  • Telephone: +386 1 256 22 50
  • E-mail: apokalipsa@t-2.net
  • Website: http://www2.arnes.si/~ljapokal1/

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The magazine is co-financed by the Slovenian Book Agency.

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