Ivana Djilas (1976) is a theater director, writer and publicist. She wrote the high-profile novel The House and a peculiar collection of autobiographical essay stories entitled Can you be quiet at least once. She is an immigrant who has been living in Slovenia since 1999. An artist, a woman with a career, a feminist, a failed doctoral student, a precarious worker, a holder of a master’s degree and a recipient of an award from the Association of Dramatic Artists of Slovenia, a novelist, the owner of an apartment and a loan. Occasionally, she would like to be an activist. She is still married for the first time, is the mother of an adopted black child and the mother of a child with special needs. She is loud, hyperactive, tired, overweight, stubborn, principled and sensitive. She is only brave when she is forced to be.