Writer in Residence Programme 2010

Daša Drndic as WIR in Amsterdam

1-28 February 2010

Daša Drndic (Zagreb, 1946) is an important Croatian writer and she is one of the few authors to write about the Lebensbornproject. The Dutch translation of her latest book Sonnenschein - that focuses on the Lebensborn children - will be published by De Geus in February 2010 (translator Guido Snel).

Sonnenschein was awarded with two national Prizes: the Kiklop prize for the best literary work in 2007 and the Fran Galoci Prize for the best novel of 2007.

Drndic spent part of her life in Canada and she completed her Master’s Degree in Theatre and communications in the USA, then her doctorate on protofeminism and the Left, at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Rijeka, Croatia. For over twenty years she worked as editor, producer and writer in the Drama Department of Radio Belgrade. She presently lives in Rijeka, Croatia, where she teaches British literature and Creative Writing at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Rijeka. From 1968 to 1991 she was a member of the Association of Literary Translators of Serbia and she is still part of the Croatian Association of Writers (HDP) and the Croatian P.E.N. Centre.

Come and hear Daša Drndic speak at cultural centre SPUI25 on February 15 at 17 o’clock.

Drndiç’ stay in Amsterdam evoked memories of a short stop in Amsterdam she made during the mid-seventies, which then inspired her to contemplate the history of the twentieth century - as can be read in the essay she wrote about her stay: Amsterdam in zakformaat (translated into Dutch by Guido Snel).