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It is 1984, and 12-year-old twins Zlata and Srebra live in communist Yugoslavia. In many ways their lives are like that of young girls anywhere, except for one immense difference: Zlata’s and Srebra’s bodies are conjoined at their heads. A Spare Life tells the story of their emergence from childhood to young adulthood, from their desperately poor, provincial childhoods to their determination to become successful, independent women. After years of discovery and friendship, their lives are thrown into crisis when an incident threatens to destroy their bond as sisters. They fly to London, determined to be surgically separated - but will this dangerous procedure free them or only more tightly ensnare them? In A Spare Life, master poet and award-winning novelist Lidija Dimkovska lovingly tells the lives of two astonishing girls caught up in Eastern Europe’s transition from communism to democracy. A saga about families, sisterhood and being outcasts, A Spare Life reveals an existence where even the simplest of actions is unlike any we’ve ever experienced.
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, which was a finalist for the 2013 Best Translated Book Award, and Do Not Awaken Them with Hammers. She lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
TIME & DATE
Friday, October 7, 2016 - 7:00pm