The Feminist Book Club 2

Caponeu event

09.11.2023

Second session of the Feminist Book Club in Booksa, Zagreb

Daša Drndić: Canzone di guerra: nove davorije, 1997.
Dubravka Ugrešić: Kultura laži: antipolitički eseji, 1996.

9. 11. 2023.

In the first session dedicated to Croatian and (Post)Yugoslav literature, we discussed Daša Drndić (1946–2018) and Dubravka Ugrešić (1949–2023), two authors with different poetics but similar status in the national and international literary scene. Both the novel and the essay we read were published in the second half of the 1990s, when everyday and cultural life were characterized by the war and the disintegration of Yugoslavia, as well as the establishment of new values and norms. Migration and exile as a result of political circumstances have certainly left deep traces in the literary work of both authors. While Daša Drndić moved from Belgrade to Rijeka (1992) and then to Canada (1995) in the early 1990s and returned to Rijeka in 1997, Dubravka Ugrešić left Croatia for good in 1993 and lived and worked in Amsterdam. In their works, both authors problematize a number of social phenomena that became visible in the 1990s, such as growing nationalism, xenophobia, violence and fascism. Both also took a particularly dissident position in relation to the social and cultural revision of the 1990s and built up this position precisely through their writing.

Questions we discussed in the club:

With this question, we connect the novel with the essay collection The Culture of Lies: Antipolitical Essays by Dubravka Ugrešić, i.e. with the selected essay Good night, Croatian writers, wherever you are. We discussed the following essay topics:

 

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