Dubravka Ugrešić

Over the past three decades, Dubravka Ugresic has established herself as one of Europe’s most distinctive novelists and essayists. From her early postmodernist excursions, to her elegiac reckonings in fiction and the essay with the disintegration of her Yugoslav homeland and the fall of the Berlin Wall, through to her more recent writings on popular and literary culture, Ugresic’s work is marked by a rare combination of irony, polemic, and compassion. Following degrees in Comparative and Russian Literature, Ugresic worked for many years at the University of Zagreb’s Institute for Theory of Literature, successfully pursuing parallel careers as both a writer and as a scholar. She is the winner of several major literary prizes, her recent work, Karaoke Culture (2011), being awarded the Jean Améry Essay Prize, and also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. Her most recent writings appear in Salmagundi,The Baffler (USA), Gazeta Wyborcza (Poland), and other prominent international periodicals. She lives in Amsterdam.