Slavenka Drakulić

Slavenka Drakulić (Rijeka, 1949) is an author whose books and essays have been translated into more than twenty languages. Her fiction explores the female body, illness and trauma. Her novel S.: A Novel About the Balkans, dealing with the cruelty of war and rape victims, was made into a feature film As If I Am Not There, directed by Juanita Wilson.

Drakulić has also published five non-fiction books, mostly writing about life in communist and post-communist countries. Drakulić is a contributing editor in The Nation (US) and a freelance author whose essays have appeared in The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine and The New York Review of Books. She contributes to Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), Internazionale (Italy), Dagens Nyheter (Sweden), The Guardian (UK), Eurozine and other newspapers and magazines.

She is the recipient of the 2004 Leipzig Book Fair Award for European Understanding. At the Prague Writers’ Festival 2010, she was proclaimed as one of the most influential European writers of our time.

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