Slavenka Drakulic

Slavenka Drakulić is a Croatian journalist, novelist, and essayist whose works on feminism, communism, and post-communist society have been acclaimed internationally. She is known for her insightful social commentaries and her unique perspective on the lives of women in Eastern Europe. Her notable works include 'How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed' and 'Café Europa: Life After Communism'. Drakulić's writing often explores the intersection of personal and political, and her narratives are marked by a sharp and compassionate observation of the human condition.


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  1. 1. As If I Am Not There

    The book is a harrowing tale of a young woman's survival in a Balkan concentration camp during the Bosnian War. The protagonist, a school teacher, is taken from her village and forced into sexual slavery by the enemy soldiers. It's a stark exploration of the brutalities of war, the dehumanization of individuals, and the resilience of the human spirit. The narrative is a poignant commentary on the horrors of war and the resilience of women in the face of unimaginable atrocities.

    The 4834th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. How We Survived Communism & Even Laughed

    This book is a poignant and insightful collection of essays that delve into the everyday lives of women under communist regimes in Eastern Europe. Through personal narratives and observations, the author explores the harsh realities and small acts of resistance that characterized life behind the Iron Curtain. From the scarcity of basic necessities to the suppression of individual freedoms, the book reveals the resilience and ingenuity of women who navigated a world of political oppression, economic hardship, and social conformity, often finding ways to inject humor and hope into their struggle for survival and dignity.

    The 5174th Greatest Book of All Time