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Lidija Dimkovska is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2013 European Union Prize for Literature for A Spare Life. She is also the author of the poetry collection pH Neutral History (Copper Canyon Press, 2012), which was a finalist for the 2013 Best Translated Book Award, and Do Not Awaken Them With Hammers (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2006). She lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
October 5, 2016 - October 21, 2016

A Spare Life Author Tour with Lidija Dimkovska

Brooklyn, NY | Baltimore, MD | Asheville, NC | Iowa City, IA | Chicago, IL | Minneapolis, MN | Seattle, WA | San Francisco, CA | Oakland, CA | Los Angeles, CA

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“A kaleidoscopic, bighearted novel” —Publishers Weekly


In October 2016 author Lidija Dimkovska embarks on an epic, 10-city, coast-to-coast U.S. tour for her European Union Prize–winning novel A Spare Life (beautifully translated by Christina Kramer), which Two Lines Press releases in November. A Spare Life is Dimkovska’s first book to appear in English.

“Bringing to mind Elena Ferrante and Magda Szabó in its social observation and mordant humor” (Katie Kitamura, author of The Longshot and A Separation), A Spare Life is the story of conjoined twin sisters growing up under communism in Yugoslavia. It’s a story of transitions: transitions from communism to capitalism, the disintegration of the Balkans, and the poignant story of two sisters whose bond is repeatedly tried.


Diesel, A Bookstore Audio
TABLE OF CONTENTS

0:00 Introductions

2:54 Bilingual readings in Macedonian and English

13:20 Where the voice of the narrator, one of the conjoined twins, came from?

22:55 The optimism in the twins’ lives

27:05 The relationship of the book to the wars surrounding the disintegration of Yugoslavia

39:55 The “lost generation” of Yugoslavian writers and the writing of the wars

47:10 What does the Macedonian language mean to you?

53:40 Audience Q & A

Lidija Dimkovska is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2013 European Union Prize for Literature for A Spare Life. She is also the author of the poetry collection pH Neutral History (Copper Canyon Press, 2012), which was a finalist for the 2013 Best Translated Book Award, and Do Not Awaken Them With Hammers (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2006). She lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia.