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BookStar 2018 award goes to Slavenka Drakulić for Invisible Woman

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BookStar, the European literature festival taking place in Skopje for the fourth year in a row, starts Tuesday with the launch of Invisible Woman and Other Stories, the latest book by renowned Croatian author Slavenka Drakulić.

Drakulić, famous for her sharp wit and for being vocal in defending women’s rights to control their own bodies and their sexual lives, will receive the 2018 BookStar award at the launch of Invisible Woman and Other Stories at the Youth Cultural Center (MKC) at 7:30 pm.

Invisible Woman and Other Stories (2018) has topped recent Croatian bestseller lists and is now published in Macedonian by Antolog, the organizers of BookStar.

According to the publisher, the book deals with the topic of aging and disintegration in a sophisticated way, viewing it through the lenses of irony, reality, pain, and epiphany. The author sheds light on how invisible people become in society as they get older while bravely sharing universally held intimate thoughts.

One of the few authors to have harshly criticized patriarchalism during socialism, Drakulić (b. 1949, Rijeka, Croatia) won worldwide acclaim for her seminal collection The Mortal Sins of Feminism: Essays on Testicology (1984).

Her works have been translated into many languages, and six of them were published by Penguin USA. In addition to her novels and collections of essays, Drakulić’s work has appeared in The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, and other publications. A contributing editor for The Nation, she lives in Croatia and Sweden.

Drakulić will be signing books at Antolog’s bookstore on Friday at 11 am.

She will also be a special guest at BookStar’s Living Literature story slam at MKC on Friday evening. Other participants include Macedonian writers Elizabeta Bakovska (b. 1969, Bitola), Petar Andonovski (b. 1987, Kumanovo), Kalina Maleska (b. 1975, Skopje), Aleksandar Prokopiev (b. 1953, Skopje), Jagoda Mihajlovska-Georgieva (b. 1953, Skopje), and Dzvezdan Georgievski (b. 1961, Jesenice, Slovenia).

Other European writers attending the festival are Jamal Ouariachi (b. 1978, Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Ófeigur Sigurðsson (b. 1975, Reykjavík, Iceland), Michal Ajvaz (b. 1949, Prague, the Czech Republic), Anton Baev (b. 1963, Plovdiv, Bulgaria), Riku Korhonen (b. 1972, Turku, Finland), Enes Halilović (b. 1977, Novi Pazar, Serbia), as well as local authors Zivko Grozdanoski (b. 1986, Kichevo) and Josip Kocev (b. 1985, Skopje).

This year’s BookStar slogan is Taboo or Not Taboo? and the festival will run through Nov. 21.