Dubravka Ugresic was born in 1949 in Kutina, Croatia. She holds a degree in Slavic Studies and is a translator and essayist as well as an author of novels, short stories and screenplays. Until 1993 Ugresic has taught at the Institute for Theory of Literature at the University of Zagreb and then left Croatia in 2006 to spend a year in Berlin as a guest of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin-Programme. On March 17, 2023, Dubravka Ugrešić passed away in Amsterdam.
She has taught mainly at American Universities, including Harvard University, but also at the University of Amsterdam. She alternates between phases of teaching and phases of intense writing. As the first woman, Ugresic received the highest Yugoslavian Literature Prize (NIN) in 1989 and numerous international awards, including the German Heinrich Mann Prize, the James Tiptree Jr. Award in the US and the Jean-Améry-Preis in France. Her books have been translated into more than 20 languages. Dubravka Ugresic‘s latest publications in German include: The Ministry of Pain (2005), Nobody’s Home (2007), Baba Yaga Laid an Egg (2008) and Karaoke Culture (2012).
With her inspiring and enriching works, she will forever be remembered as one of the outstanding voices of contemporary literature. Ugrešić was a significant voice of European literature, and with her work and personality she committed herself to the freedom of thought and the role of literature in society.