Monday, February 25, 2008

Dubravka Ugresic

A nice article about Dubravka Ugresic:,,332647732-110738,00.html
Her book Lend Me Your Character, an excellent read, is highlighted here hilariously:

"In 1981, while working as an academic, Ugresic wrote a postmodern romantic parody that became a Yugoslav cult classic, Steffie Cvek in the Jaws of Life, for which she also co-wrote a screenplay in 1984. It was published in translation by Dalkey Archive, as Lend Me Your Character (2004). The typist Steffie searches for Mr Right amid a blizzard of advice from friends, an elderly aunt and women's magazines, in a sewing pattern of a novel that weaves threads of Madame Bovary into lessons in applying mascara. When a recent Polish translation came out, readers unaware of when it was written thought it a hilarious send-up of Bridget Jones's Diary."