Former IWP resident Lidija Dimkovska will read from her new novel, A Spare Life. A Spare Life is a chronicle of 12-year-old conjoined twin girls who are among the first generation to come of age under democracy in Eastern Europe. “A Spare Life uses the boldest of metaphors – the life of conjoined twins – to embody the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia. This novel brings to mind Elena Ferrante and Magda Szabó in the acuity of its social observation and the depth of its mordant humor.” — Katie Kitamura
Written in luminous prose by an author who is also a master poet, it is a saga about families, sisterhood, immigration, and the occult influences that shape a life.
Lidija Dimkovska is the recipient of the 2013 European Union Prize for Literature for A Spare Life. She is also the author of the poetry collection pH Neutral History from Copper Canyon Press, which was a finalist for the 2013 Best Translated Book Award, and Do Not Awaken Them With Hammers from Ugly Duckling Presse. She lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia.