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Slavenka Drakulic

is an author and journalist whose books and essays have been translated into many languages. She contributes to The Nation, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review Of Books, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Internazionale, Dagens Nyheter, The Guardian and Eurozine, among others. She was the recipient of the 2004 Leipzig Book-fair "Award for European Understanding". Her latest novel is Frida's Bed (Penguin 2008).



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Slavenka Drakulic

Glancing back (2009-2010)

Recalling childhood trips abroad, Slavenka Drakulic suspects Yugoslavians were corrupted by the freedom to travel. "My generation confused democratic freedom with the freedom to shop in the West. The wars that followed were the almost medieval retribution for that."[Hungarian version added] [more]

22.07.2014


Slavenka Drakulic

Flirting with a stranger

Women's writing on aging

Aging is a common literary theme though overwhelmingly confined to male writing, writes Slavenka Drakulic. Does dementia provide a culturally acceptable, metaphorical replacement for women's accounts of aging, and if so why? [more]

31.01.2014


Slavenka Drakulic

The dogs of Sarajevo

A state apparatus that doesn't function on the level of dogs can't function on the level of people either, writes Slavenka Drakulic. This week, the Bosnian parliament votes on amendments to the law on animal protection. But what is in fact at stake is the continued dehumanization of society. [more]

21.01.2014


Slavenka Drakulic, Carl Henrik Fredriksson, Marc-Olivier Padis, Bente Riise

Creating a space for debate

European cultural journals and the making of the public sphere

Cultural journals have long facilitated a level of intellectual exchange indispensable to societies that put stock in democratic and cosmopolitan spirit. And, as ongoing crisis overshadows the upcoming European elections and the European integration project risks being reduced to the task of reaching formal economic goals, the contribution of cultural journals to a European public sphere is more important than ever. [more]

29.11.2013


Slavenka Drakulic

Croatia: A cautionary tale

Updated 05.12.2013 In the EU's newest member state, an anti-homosexuality campaign has succeeded in forcing a referendum on the constitutional definition of "marriage": a clear warning to other countries against failing to form political responses to social frustrations. [more]

26.11.2013


Slavenka Drakulic

Croatia: On the EU train, but in second class

On 1 July, Croatia entered the crisis-stricken European Union. Former communist countries, whether in the EU or on its threshold, should remind themselves more often of what life was like for them only twenty years ago, writes Slavenka Drakulic. For Croatia, peace and security should be more important than expected economic gains from EU membership. [more]

21.06.2013


Slavenka Drakulic

A few "easy" steps towards reconciliation

Laissez faire reconciliation in the Balkans will never work, writes Slavenka Drakulic. Symbolic gestures by politicians are well and good, but a substantial change in social attitudes can only be achieved through the institutional promotion of tolerance and collaboration. [Italian version added] [more]

27.02.2013


Slavenka Drakulic

The tune of the future

Italy: old Europe, new Europe, changing Europe

Venice versus Lampedusa: travelling around Italy, Slavenka Drakulic observes one kind of Europe being replaced by another. Instead of attempting to conserve the cultural past, we should accept that migration will adapt much of what we consider "European" to its own image. [more]

20.02.2013


Slavenka Drakulic

Buying a kidney

Thousands of Europeans die annually waiting for a new kidney, heart or liver. At the same time, the black-market trade in organs is thriving. So should organ trading be legalized? Slavenka Drakulic, herself a two-time kidney transplant patient, argues the pros and cons. [more]

07.09.2012


Slavenka Drakulic

The taste of grass

Is the return of Serbian nationalism to be dismissed as domestic political point-scoring in an election year, or does it pose a deeper threat to the region? And will Russia step in as the rift with the EU over Kosovo deepens? Slavenka Drakulic considers the possibilities. [more]

01.02.2012


Slavenka Drakulic

Who created Ratko Mladic?

What remains after a war criminal has been sent to The Hague

When Ratko Mladic asks who it was who voted for Milosevic, he has a point, comments Slavenka Drakulic. Will trading off Mladic for the EU allow Serbs to avoid the question of collective responsibility? [more]

29.06.2011


Slavenka Drakulic

Euroskansen

Europe as outdoor museum? Threatened with extinction by all-consuming privatization and the pursuit of endless profit, self-musealization might be Europe's only hope. Slavenka Drakulic has a scary vision of the future of the European way of life. [more]

04.03.2011


Slavenka Drakulic

Censorship does not do justice to victims of mass rape

Attempts to prevent the shooting of a film about mass rape in Bosnia equalled an attempt at censorship, argues Slavenka Drakulic: this kind of response perpetuates misunderstandings about war crimes and overlooks the real problems facing Bosnian victims of mass rape today. [more]

15.02.2011


Slavenka Drakulic

Why I have not returned to Belgrade

Is it to spare her emotions that Slavenka Drakulic has not returned to Belgrade since the wars? She doesn't think so. Instead, her reasons have to do with the silence and denial of so much of Serbian society, and with a youth that is failing to ask the right questions. [more]

25.06.2010


Slavenka Drakulic

Tito between legend and thriller

A museum to Tito at his one-time summer residence glorifying the Yugoslav dictator is in stark contrast to a damning new biography, finds Slavenka Drakulic. Yet between the two extremes is an absence of objective history-writing in the former Yugoslavia. [more]

03.12.2009


Slavenka Drakulic

The false repentance of Biljana Plavsic

Bosnian Serb war criminal Biljana Plavsic was in October released from a Swedish prison after serving two thirds of an 11-year sentence. Slavenka Drakulic notes that Plavsic's "confession" in The Hague was nothing but a staged farce. [more]

23.10.2009


Slavenka Drakulic

Debating denial

Discussing the topic of accountability for the war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia is important for Serbian society, writes Slavenka Drakulic. Summing up a debate around her article "Why I have not returned to Belgrade" in the Serbian newspaper "Politika", she notes: "Many citizens of both Serbia and Croatia seem to believe that if they all just shut up for long enough, the problem will disappear. But it won't." [more]

03.04.2009


Slavenka Drakulic

We took its light for granted

In memoriam: Feral Tribune (1993-2008)

A former contributor to the Croatian weekly "Feral Tribune" writes that the paper was left to die by those who should have taken better care of it: its readers and all who cared for its lone, free, critical voice. [more]

20.03.2009


Slavenka Drakulic

Who's afraid of Europe?

Opening address at the 14th European Meeting of Cultural Journals

Is Europe ready for a new identity? In an essay first published in 2000, Slavenka Drakulic expresses doubts about the continuing momentum of European integration. [more]

05.08.2008


Slavenka Drakulic

Bathroom tales

How we mistook normality for paradise

The shortage of toilet paper alone may not have brought down communism, but it's an apt metaphor for a system unable to fulfil people's basic needs. Although Slavenka Drakulic's bathroom is better stocked these days, she's still prone to doubt. Was the normality she and her fellow eastern Europeans longed for just another false paradise? [more]

03.01.2008


Slavenka Drakulic

The transformation of Biljana Plavsic

One of the few female war criminals on trial confesses to her guilt in The Hague. That is bad news for Karadzic, Mladic and Gotovina. [more]

16.04.2004


Slavenka Drakulic

Triumph of evil

Portrait of a war criminal

Slavenka Draculic on Radislav Krstic, the first war criminal to be indicted in The Hague for his role in the Srebrenica massacre. [more]

12.02.2004


 

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