Ales Debeljak holds a Ph.D. in Social Thought from Syracuse University and is director of the Center for Cultural and Religious Studies at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. A poet, cultural critic, and translator, he has won the Slovenian National Book Award, the Miriam Lindberg Israel Poetry for Peace Prize (Tel Aviv), and the Chiqu Poetry Prize (Tokyo). His books have appeared in English, Japanese, German, Croatian, Serbian, Polish, Hungarian, Czech,Spanish, Slovak, Lithuanian, Finish, Italian, and Romanian translations. His recent publications in English include Reluctant Modernity: The Institution of Art and Its Historical Forms (Rowman & Littlefield, 1998), Twilight of the Idols: Recollections of a Lost Yugoslavia (White Pine, 1994), and three books of poetry: The City and the Child (White Pine, 1999), Dictionary of Silence (Lumen, 1999), and Anxious Moments (White Pine, 1994). His book The Hidden Handshake: National Identity and European Postcommunism is forthcoming from Rowman & Littlefield in Fall 2004. He is general editor of the book series Terra Incognita: Writings from Central Europe, published by White Pine Press. Debeljak and his American wife, together with their three children, make their home in Ljubljana.