Magazine article World Literature Today

Kraljica Lir I Njena Deca: Najbolje Price Savremenih Srpskih Spisateljica

Magazine article World Literature Today

Kraljica Lir I Njena Deca: Najbolje Price Savremenih Srpskih Spisateljica

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Kraljica Lir i njena deca: najbolje priče savremenih srpskih spisateljica Ed. Ljubica Arsić. Belgrade. Laguna. 2017. 239 pages.

Renowned, awarded, and translated Serbian writer Ljubica Arsić (b. 1955) often promotes domestic and foreign women authors from past and present times. This time she has assembled a book of short stories Kraljica Lir i njena deca: najbolje priče savremenih srpskih spisateljica (Queen Lear and her children: The best stories by contemporary Serbian women writers) that is a wonderful example of the creative power of women in the Serbian writing tradition. Despite the fact that most of the authors included have received reputable domestic and sometimes European literary awards, women writers in Serbia have not been widely visible. Their writings have received very little critical attention. Selected editions of their works are rarely published, and, as authors, they almost do not exist in schoolbooks, nor are they valued in public debates as opinion-making intellectuals. As in the previous publisher's anthologies of short stories based on a central theme, the introductory story is a stage-setting tale. A brilliantly chosen story, "Queen Lear" by one of contemporary Russia's most distinctive writers, Ludmila Petrushevskaya, underlines the intensity of women's transformative roles and the specificity of their contemplation.

The anthology presents selections from seventeen authors of different generations and writing styles. …

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