Confronting the Past: Contemporary Eastern European Writers

Slavenka Drakulic (1949-    )

Cafe Europa


  • Born in 1949 in Rijeka, Yugoslavia (now Croatia), daughter of an army officer and a government employee.
  • Married three times, the third to journalist Richard Swartz; has one child from first marriage.
  • Received B.A. degree in world literature in 1976.


  • In Contemporary Authors, lists her career as "journalist and writer," but also her politics and religion.
  • Participated in the International Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1987.
  • Received a Fullbright Award in 1990.
  • Received the Independent Foreign Fiction Award in 1992 for Holograms of Fear.
  • Received an award from the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna in 1994.

Major Writings (available in translation)

Hologrami straha (novel), 1988  (Holograms of Fear, 1992)
Mramorna koza (novel), 1989 (Marble Skin, 1994)
How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed, 1991
Balkan Express: Fragments from the Other Side of War, 1993
The Taste of a Man (novel), 1997
Cafe Europa, 1997
S: A Novel About the Balkans, 2000

Critical Sources and Reviews

  • Biographical and critical information in the following Gale publication: Contemporary Authors, Volume 144.  Gale Literary Database (Contemporary Authors Online) can be accessed online through a subscribing library at  
  • Other sources for biographical information:

            The Bloomsbury Guide to Women's Literature. Edited by Claire Buck. New York,              1992.   (Biography contains portrait.)
    Modern Women Writers.  4 vols. Ed. by Lillian S. Rovinson, New York, 1996.
            The Writer's Directory, 14th edition. Detroit, 1999.

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