Daša Drndić wins Prozart Award

time: 27.05.2014. - 29.05.2014.
place: Skopje, Macedonia
organiser: Prozart Festival
Daša Drndić is the winner of the Prozart Award for 2014 for her contribution to by International Literary Festival PRO-ZA Balkan from Skopje for her contribution to development of contemporary Balkan literature.

Jury members: Vladislav Bajac, Aleksandar Prokopiev, Elizabeta Seleva, Ermis Lafazanovski and Dejan Trajkoski.

Festival 'PRO-ZA Balkan' is set to takeplace from 27 to 29 May with the awarding ceremony taking place on 29 May in Skopje.

Daša Drndić was born August 10, 1946 in Zagreb, Croatia. She graduated from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philology, Department of English Language and Literature. As Fulbright fellow, completes her Master’s Degree in Theatre and Communications in the USA (Southern Illinois University), then as a graduate scholar receives a scholarship for post-graduate studies at Case Western Reserve University (USA) and completes her doctorate on protofeminism and the Left, at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Rijeka, Croatia. Assistant Professor. For over twenty years worked as editor, producer and writer in the Drama Department of Radio Belgrade. She has written some thirty radio plays and produced over fifteen features that have been broadcast in Croatia and abroad. She also worked as a high-school teacher of English, as an editor in a publishing house in Belgrade, as a kindergarten teacher in Rijeka, as an assistant for education at the UNHCR office in Rijeka, and as an immigrant as lecturer for the Croatian and Serbian languages at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Published prose and poetry in literary journals throughout former Yugoslavia. Translates from and into English. Novelist. Her books have been translated into English, French, Polish, Hungarian, Slovenian, Dutch, Slovak, Italian, Finnish, Macedonian, while excerpts of her work appear in a number of other languages. Books of prose: Put do subote (The Road to Saturday), Belgrade 1982, Kamen s neba (The Stone from Heaven), Belgrade 1984, Marija Czestochowska još uvijek roni suze ili Umiranje u Torontu (The Black Madonna), Rijeka-Zagreb 1997, Canzone di guerra, Zagreb 1998, Totenwande, Zagreb 2000, Doppelgänger, Belgrade 2002, The False Teeth of Lila Weiss, Toronto Slavic Quarterly, no. 9,2004, Leica format, Zagreb - Belgrade 2003, After Eight, literary critiques, Zagreb 2005, Doppelgänger, Zagreb 2005, Feministički rukopis ili politička parabola: Drame Lillian Hellman (A Feminist Manuscript or a Political Parable: The Plays of Lillian Hellman), Ženska infoteka, Zagreb 2006, Sonnenschein, Fraktura, Zagreb 2007, April in Berlin, Fraktura, Zagreb 2009, and Belladonna, Fraktura, Zagreb 2012. In 2008 Sonnenschein was awarded the “Cyclops” Prize for the best novel of the year 2007, the “Fran Galović” prize as best prose work of the year 2007, and was shortlisted for the “Jutarnji list” award for the best prose work of the previous year. In 2013, the same novel published in English (Quercus, MacLehose Press, 2012) was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

In 2004 the novel Leica format was shortlisted for the literary prizes of «Jutarnji list» and «Vjesnik», as well as for those of «Gjalski» and «Cyclops», and in 2005 her literary critiques After Eight for the «Cyclops» award, as well as April in Berlin in 2009, which was also shortlisted for the “Jutarnji list” literary award in 2010. She writes essays and literary criticism for Third Programme of Croatian Radio, for literary journals and daily papers (“Sarajevo Notebooks”, “Zarez”, “Književna republika”, “Tvrđa”, “Europski glasnik”, “Kruh i ruže”, “Nova Istra”, “Novi Kamov”, “Novi list”, etc.) As freelance writer presently lives in Rijeka, Croatia. Daša Drndić has also been awarded a number of writer-in-residence fellowships, among which were stays in Berlin, Amsterdam, Vienna, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Brussels, and this fall she is leaving for a three month period in Paris. From 1968 to 1991 she was a member of the Association of Literary Translators of Serbia. She is president of the Society of Single Parents – “Minus One”. Member of the Croatian Writers’ Society and Croatian P.E.N. Centre.

(D.H., 01.04.2014)