Slavenka Drakulić

is a Croatian journalist, novelist, and essayist whose works on feminism, communism, and post-communism have been translated into many languages. She is a founder of Eurozine.

Her most recent book of essays Café Europa: Life After Communism was published by Penguin Random House US in January 2021. Her novels include Mileva Einstein, teorija tuge (Mileva Einstein, the theory of sadness) (Faktura 2016), Dora und der Minotaurus (Dora and the Minotaur) (Aufbau 2016), and As If I Am Not There (Abacus 2013). She lives in Zagreb and Stockholm.

Drakulić’s work has appeared in The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of BooksSüddeutsche Zeitung, Internazionale, The Nation, La Stampa, Dagens Nyheter, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Eurozine, Politiken and The Guardian.


Who's afraid of Europe?

Opening address at the 14th European Meeting of Cultural Journals

Slavenka Drakulic, a committed European, expresses doubts in the continuing momentum of European integration amidst rising anxieties about a loss of national identity. Mirrored in the success of right-wing and populist parties across Europe and concerns being voiced in the post-communist countries queuing for “entry” as well, this anxiety, however, focuses on a cultural construct, the author argues. To make the project Europe work, a new kind of imagined community will need to be created – is Europe ready for that?

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