Slavenka Drakulić

    is a Croatian writer and journalist. She graduated in comparative literature and sociology from the University of Zagreb. From 1982 to 1992 she was a staff writer for the Start bi-weekly newspaper and news weekly Danas (both in Zagreb), writing mainly on feminist issues. Slavenka Drakulić emigrated from Croatia in the early 1990s for political reasons, and is currently based in Stockholm, Vienna and Zagreb. Her books include How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed; Balkan Express: Fragments from the other Side of the War; Cafe Europa: Life After Communism; They Would Never Hurt a Fly: War Criminals on Trial in the Hague; Two Underdogs and a Cat and A Guided Tour Through the Museum of Communism. „For me, too, Europe is a mental landscape characterized by insecurity and shifting borders. We already have this picture in front of ourselves but then again, we have to ask ourselves: why do we have such a great need to define ourselves within these borders if they are indeed as shifting as they are? It’s all a matter of perception: when I’m in America or Japan, of course I know that I’m European but once I’m here it’s different. And since the borders are changing all the time and it is a matter of a mental landscape and perception, we should think about two things. The first one is insecurity and fear and the other is that we should be much more flexible in how we define and think of what is and what is not Europe. The first one is insecurity and fear and the other is that we should be much more flexible in how we define and think of what is and what is not Europe. You might think that the division between Europe and non-Europe is not geographical but political. We could say it is the division between democracy, capitalism and communism.“

  • As If I Am Not There

    Juanita Wilson‘s powerful, disquieting drama records the
    atrocities committed in the course of the war in former Yugoslavia. The
    film’s first screening in Slovakia, as part of Central European Forum
    2011, will be presented by Slavenka Drakulić, on whose novel ’S‘ the
    film is based.

  • (Slovensky) Ako zostať slobodní?

    (Slovensky) Milí čitatelia, po roku pre Vás opäť pripravujeme v Bratislave Stredoeurópske fórum. Na to minuloročné spomína a na tohtoročné vás pozýva Slavenka Drakulić.