Dušan Jelinčič (1953) is a writer, playwright, essayist and translator from Trieste. A professor of literature by training, he works as an editor and presenter on informative programmes at the Slovene section of the Italian state broadcaster RAI, and is also a top-class alpine climber. He is one of the most popular contemporary Slovene writers, characterised by his fluent language, an epic breadth, a modern approach and an insightful, in-depth rendering of individual issues. He has published over twenty works on themes ranging from mountaineering in which he has achieved international recognition, to romance, existentialism, mystical-fantasy, memoir and history. Notable among them is his novel Šepet nevidnega morja, dvanajst tablet svinca (The Whisper of an Invisible Sea, Twelve Tablets of Lead) (Mladika, 2020) which brought him the Prešeren Fund Award. Jelinčič is also recognised in the Italian cultural scene, particularly for his novel Zvezdnate noči (Starry Nights) (ZTT, 1990). Dove va il vento quando non soffia, the Italian translation of his novel Kam gre veter, ko ne piha (Where Does the Wind Go When It’s Not Blowing) (Litera, 2007), was reprinted as a weekly literary supplement in Italian daily newspapers Corriere della Sera and La Gazzetta dello Sport.