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Istomesečniki

Moon Siblings

Istomesečniki (Moon Siblings) is Svetlana Slapšak’s second novel, and it was published first in 2016 in Serbian (title: Ravnoteža). It was shortlisted for the NIN award and the Meša Selimović award, and it received the Golden sunflower award for the best Serbian fiction book of 2016.

Copyright: Založba Goga
Dimensions: 13 x 20
Year of publication: 2018
No. of pages: 410
Type: hardcover, paperback

About the Book

How can one be a pacifist in times of war? Say in the nineties in Belgrade? A group of women, relatives and friends, save everything that can be saved … they hide their men from the draft, take care of the refugees from Bosnia, the sick, drug addicts, one after another. Because they oppose the official policy, they lose their friends and jobs, which is why the protagonist, Milica, works – anonymously – as a typist for a famous writer. The work is so agonizing that she relaxes by writing a novel under the influence of the Brontë sisters. And so, along the chronicles of Milica’s family and funny ironical fragments of the nationalist drivel, we also read a feminist love story.

 

Svetlana Slapšak

Svetlana Slapšak (1948) is an anthropologist and Doctor of Ancient Studies whose academic career has taken her to numerous European and American universities. Her biography gives an insight into the intellectual scene of the latter years of Yugoslavia and the period of formation of new states, for she stood up to regimes and ideologies, persistently defending her humanist thought, something that was especially important during the period of war in the Balkans when she was also included among the nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize. Lecturer and Dean at the Faculty of Postgraduate Humanist Studies in Ljubljana, she is author of over 50 books, around 400 scientific studies and over 1000 essays.