She’s the only Barbie I know. She is the only Barbie who is a guest at Ženergija tonight, who brings together those two worlds and those two realities that interest me as well, Belgrade and Vienna. She writes about class struggle, capitalism, neoliberal reality, life and death, confinement, despair, anger, and spinning in circles. She is a total punk, and we know that punk’s not dead, just like the books that Barbie wrote, they are so live!!
Barbi Marković, born in Belgrade in 1980, Marković studied German literature. She moved to Vienna in 2006 and was Graz writer-in-residence in 2011/2012. She made headlines in 2009 when her Thomas Bernhard remix novel “Izlaženje” was published in German under the title “Ausgehen”. For her novel “Superheldinnen” (2016) she was awarded the Alpha Literary Prize, the fellowship grant of the AdelbertvonChamisso Prize and the Priessnitz Prize in 2019. In 2017, Marković presented her work at the Bachmann Prize and in 2018, “Superheldinnen” was adapted and staged at the Volkstheater Wien. Marković has also written numerous short stories as well as plays for stage and radio. Most recently published by Residenz Verlag: “Die verschissene Zeit” (2021).
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