Invisible Woman and Other Stories
By Slavenka Drakulić
Matchmaking Literature and Film 2018
Nevidljiva žena i druge priče
Invisible Woman and Other Stories
Slavenka Drakulić, born in 1949, is an author whose books and essays on feminism, communism and post-communism have been translated into many languages. In addition to her novels and collections of essays, Drakulić's work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers.
LOGLINE of the book
Although aging is a natural process, it is often experienced as shameful, hurtful and lonely. Invisible woman builds a mosaic of experiences, creating a powerful message about oldness.
synopsis of the book / STORY
In "The Cleaning" a woman deals with the death of her mother, while cleaning her closet. In "The House on Sale" a woman deals with her personal and emotional heritage while reminiscing about her grandmother’s house on anniversary of her mother’s death. "The Pants on Sale" talk about human dignity and humiliation when a man tries to buy pants on sale. "Coffee doesn’t taste the same" has a strong confessing note – a woman shares an intimate experience of losing her husband to the Alzheimer’s disease. "A List of Things to Take on the Trip" seems the most autobiographical, since it’s about a woman that has to pack, trying to predict and prevent every possibility of a catastrophe and to pack accordingly, while traveling to a conference. By getting old, people lose their enthusiasm, flexibility, dignity, visibility. Stories, always written from a strong female perspective, depict intimate moments in human life and make us rethink our own relationships with our close ones. It becomes impossible to easily discard difficult subjects, everything that is silenced, emotionally hard and constrained: a painful and gradual disappearance of a person.
With these stories I wanted to open the discourse that makes us face taboos related to aging, open the topics such as weakness, sickness, fear of dying, loss of dignity... This book talks about being lost and insecure in everyday-life situations which were routine before. The book was developed slowly, with consciousness about own aging, especially after parent’s death. It was a moment in which I began to listen voices around me, voices of elderly who I didn’t hear before. Everything is written in stories, from the irreversibility of the process of getting invisible, feeling of own guilt regarding parents and stories that aren’t mine, but made a great impression on me. Shifting perspectives (first and third person, male and female views, generation vertical), as well as autobiographical and fictional elements, intertwine in the narration of characters and make the reader feel simultaneously connected with and separated from the text.
pUBLISHER company profile
Fraktura was founded in 2002. We have received over 50 literary honors including awards for the best publisher in Croatia in 2014, the best publisher in region in 2014 and London Book Fair International Excellence Award in 2015. In 2013 Fraktura has begun The World Literature Festival in Zagreb that has turned into one of the most significant yearly manifestations of this kind in the region.
Seid Serdarević is editor-in-chief of Croatian publishing house Fraktura and program director of World Literature Festival. He graduated comparative literature and Czech literature at the University of Zagreb. He was awarded the Croatian prize Kiklop as editor of the year 2007 and in 2015, Fraktura won the London Book Fair International Excellence Award 2015.
MAIN AWARDS / FESTIVALS OF WRITER
Booktiga award, Leipzig Book Award for European Understanding.
PAST MAIN PUBLICATIONS OF WRITER
"Holograms Of Fear" (1987), "Marble Skin" (1989), "The Taste Of A Man" (1997), "As If I Am Not Here" (2009), "Frida’s Bed" (2007), "Accused" (2012), "Dora and Minotaur, My Life with Picasso" (2014), "Mileva Einstein, Theory of Sadness" (2016).
MAIN BIBLIOGRAPHY & SELECTION IN MAIN FESTIVALS OF PUBLISHER
Fraktura has published more than 650 books in fifteen years of existence. From the Croatian and regional authors, some of the most relevant titles are Unterstadt by Ivana Šojat, Homeland, Oblivion by Ludwig Bauer, Sonnenschein by Daša Drndić, Viljevo by Luka Bekavac, Bezdan by Josip Mlakić, Elijah’s Chair and A Castle in Romagna by Igor Štiks, Kinship by Miljenko Jergović, The Fox by Dubravka Ugrešić... Fraktura greatly invests in the publishing high-quality translated literature, such as Péter Nádas, Robert Musil, Witold Gombrowitz, David Grossman, Sofi Oksanen, Rita Monaldi and Francesco Sorti, Daniel Kehlmann, Claudio Magris etc.
Fraktura’s authors were awarded with the most important awards such as t.portal award, Prozart award, Njegoš award, EUPL prize, Meša Selimović award, Jutarnji list daily award, Kiklop award, Vladimir Nazor award, Ivan Kozarac, Josip Kozarac award, Ksaver Šandor Đalski award etc.
AUDIOVISUAL RIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS BY PUBLISHER
Elijahova stolica by Igor Štiks (a play, Jugoslovensko dramsko pozorište), Glava velike ribe by Ognjen Sviličić (a film, Interfilm), Unterstadt by Ivana Šojat (a play, HNK Osijek).
Elderly people in everyday-life situations, at home, in the street, in the store; contemporary.
Every story has a character that experiences some difficulties, issues or problems in the aging process – losing flexibility, losing a parent, losing a husband to the Alzheimer’s disease, getting invisible.
PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL AVAILABLE
https://fraktura.hr/nevidljiva-zena-i-druge-price.html; English sample translation available soon
FILM AND TV REFERENCES (Sample films)
Michael Haneke, Amour
Stories made into a mosaic about aging process would be a great match with the visual media, showing closely that aging often is marginalized, but is also universal and shared experience. Visual media could compliment and complete it and stress out the content meant to be shared in the stories.
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TARGET AUDIENCE AGE
TARGET AUDIENCE PROFILE
The story meets the universal situations, relatable to the widest audience profile, couldn’t be suitable for children.
LOCATIONS IN WHICH STORY TAKES PLACE
Domestic environment (apartment/house), a store, cemetery, an island.
AGE IN WHICH STORY TAKES PLACE
TV (Film and Series) Cinema / Internet / Theatre / Webseries / Musical
AVAILABLE RIGHTS FOR TERRITORIES
Fraktura - Seid Serdarević
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