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Invisible Woman and Other Stories

SLAVENKA DRAKULIĆ

 

Invisible Woman and Other Stories takes us on an intimate journey of ageing, from the shock of catching a glimpse of ourselves in the mirror as others see us to the actual slipping away of the self. The stories speak of reckonings: with the illness and death of a parent, with the emotional baggage that must be cleared out along with the material remains, with memories and missed opportunities, and with the waning of desire.

 

Shortlisted for the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development Literature Prize 2023. 

$36.00

978-953358483-6 Hardback 176 pages

Told through different narrators (first and third person, male and female points of view, different generations), though always with a feminist sensibility, the stories weave autobiographical and fictional elements in their depiction of intimate moments, following the memories, digressions and associations that arise from a fragrance, a touch of cloth, a photograph. Unflinching and meticulous, Drakulić puts words to thoughts and feelings usually unspoken – deemed either too frivolous or too painful – an internal play-by-play of the gradual disappearance of a person.

Invisible Woman and Other Stories is an articulation of intimate experience, a manifest of irreversible loss and the internal rebellion against the injustices of ageing.

Translated, from the Croatian, by Jacob Agee and Christina Pribichevich Zori

 

Distributed in association with The Irish Pages Press

Invisible Woman is a book for all sentient women.”
Andrea Zlatar Violić

“Beautiful, sad and so very true. ”
Ingrid Šafranek

“This book simply cannot be read indifferently. Shocking, without an ounce of banality or sentimentality. ”
Anera Ryznar

“Slavenka Drakulić’s words are like a surgical knife.”
Melania Mazzucco, La Repubblica

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About The Author

Slavenka Drakulić, born in Croatia (former Yugoslavia) in 1949, is a journalist and a writer whose books have been translated into many languages. Her best-known book in the USA and UK is How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed. Her last collection of essays, Café Europa Revisted: How to Survive Post-Communism, was published by Penguin Random House in 2021. In the USA, she has published eight non-fiction books and five novels. The 2010 feature films As If I Am Not There (directed by Juanita Wilson, written by Eliseo Altunaga) was based on her novel S. – A Novel About the Balkans. slavenkadrakulic.com

Slavenka Drakulić

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About The Author

Slavenka Drakulić, born in Croatia (former Yugoslavia) in 1949, is a journalist and a writer whose books have been translated into many languages. Her best-known book in the USA and UK is How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed. Her last collection of essays, Café Europa Revisted: How to Survive Post-Communism, was published by Penguin Random House in 2021. In the USA, she has published eight non-fiction books and five novels. The 2010 feature films As If I Am Not There (directed by Juanita Wilson, written by Eliseo Altunaga) was based on her novel S. – A Novel About the Balkans. slavenkadrakulic.com

Weight 298 g