Books by Slavenka Drakulic

Released: Feb. 22, 2011

"It's no coincidence that the epigraph of this fiction is from George Orwell, for Drakulic is similarly aware of moral failure and political excess."
In a series of fables set in Eastern Europe, Drakulic (Two Underdogs and a Cat: Three Reflections on Communism, 2009, etc.), a native of Croatia, explores with wit, grace and humor the collapse of communism. Read full book review >
FRIDA’S BED by Slavenka Drakulic
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Elegant portrait of an artist that grants Kahlo a vulnerability and complexity often missing from the kitschy images of her that abound today."
The final days of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, as imagined by the Croatian-born author (They Would Never Hurt a Fly, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 9, 2004

"Take it from Drakulic: Ordinary people suck."
Croatian expatriate Drakulic (S., 2000, etc.) offers a philosophically charged indictment of onetime Yugoslavians now standing before the International War Crimes Tribunal. Read full book review >
S. by Slavenka Drakulic
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"This one is more painful than most."
Justly acclaimed as a journalist and an essayist, Drakuli—chose the novel for her latest tale of the terrors of the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. Read full book review >
THE TASTE OF A MAN by Slavenka Drakulic
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"If intended as political satire or an allegory of love or madness, the point is missed, leaving just highbrow hooey. (First printing of 50,000; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Widely known journalist Drakulic (The Balkan Express, 1993, etc.) tries her hand at a second novel (Holograms of Fear, 1992) with results that seem unlikely those she intended. Read full book review >
CAFE EUROPA by Slavenka Drakulic
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"General readers interested in understanding the gritty realities of post-Communist Eastern Europe should grab a coffee and sit down with Cafe Europa. (Author tour)"
Drakuli's eloquent and brave essays demand that the citizens of post-Communist Eastern Europe take personal responsibility for their roles in the new civil society. Read full book review >
THE BALKAN EXPRESS by Slavenka Drakulic
Released: May 24, 1993

"An admirable, deeply felt, mosaic-like portrait of one of the most appalling grotesqueries of modern history."
Drakuli (How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed; Holograms of Fear—both 1992) writes, in these terse, focused pieces, about how she—and every other former Yugoslav—became a Croat (or Serb or Muslim)—and how dizzyingly fast it happened. Read full book review >
HOLOGRAMS OF FEAR by Slavenka Drakulic
Released: May 25, 1992

"Phenomenologically accurate as all this is, be warned that it makes for sludgy fiction: claustrophobic, repetitious, and thoroughly dispiriting."
From Croatian journalist Drakuli (How We Survived Communism, 1991—not reviewed), her first novel to be translated into English. Read full book review >
Released: March 23, 1992

"A sometimes sad, sometimes witty book that conveys more about politics in Eastern Europe than any number of theoretical political analyses."
A poignant and truthful look at what living under Communism was really like, by Croatian journalist and novelist Drakuli. Read full book review >