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Dubravka Ugrešić

Shevaun Williams

Dubravka Ugrešić (b 1949, Croatia) is an author who has published a number of novels and essay, partly on the subject of the dissolution of Yugoslavia.

She taught literature for a number of years at the University of Zagreb, and has also taught at US and European universities such as Harvard, the University of California at Los Angeles, Columbia and the Free University of Berlin. When the Yugoslav wars broke out in 1991, Ugrešić was a clear opponent of the conflict. She had to leave Croatia in 1993 and now lives in the Netherlands.

Ugrešić has won a number of awards, including the Austrian State Prize for European Literature and the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and was also on the shortlist for the Man Booker International Prize in 2009 and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism in 2011. Her books have been translated into more than 20 languages.

A genuinely free-thinker, Ugresic's attachment to absurdity leads her down paths where other writers fear to tread.

THE INDEPENDENT - about Nobody's Home

..wily is always the first word that comes to mind when I think of Ugrešić’s writing. (...) she has firmly established herself as Croatia’s literary grandmaster in exile. You can trust her to have the most penetrating comment about every topic at the pan-European dinner party: refugees, feminism, academia, Russia, corruption, EU funding, rural decline, expatriates and all the rest. Like its totem animal, Fox is vigorous, playful, euphoric, elusive, and virtuosic.

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