The Silk, the Shears and Marina; or, About Biography

The Silk, the Shears and Marina; or, About Biography

Writings From An Unbound Europe

With Irena Vrkljan

Translated by Sibelan Forrester and Celia Hawkesworth

Imprint: Northwestern University Press

185 Pages, 4.75 x 8.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9780810116047
  • Published: February 1999


  • Hardcover
  • 9780810116030
  • Published: March 1999


Winner of the Ksaver Šandor Gjalski Prize

These are the first two volumes of the Croatian poet and novelist Irena Vrkljan's lyrical autobiography. Although each novel illuminates the other, they also stand alone as original and independent works of art. In The Silk, the Shears, Vrkljan traces the symbolic and moral significance of her life, and her vision of the fate of women in her mother's time and in her own. Marina continues the intense analysis of the poetic self, using the life of Marina Tsvetaeva to meditate on the processes behind biography.

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