Lidija Dimkovska in conversation with Katie Kitamura
October 5, 2016, 7:00 PM
Lidija Dimkovska’s A Spare Life is the story of Zlata and Srebra,12-year-old twins conjoined at the head, living in Yugoslavia in the 1980s. Treated as outcasts even by their own family, the twins only want to be normal girls. But after an incident that almost destroys their bond as sisters, they fly to London, determined to be surgically separated. Written in touching prose by a renowned Macedonian author--winner of the 2013 EU Prize for Fiction--A Spare Life is a saga about families, sisterhood, immigration, and the occult influences that shape a life. Translated by Christina E. Kramer. In conversation with critic and novelist Katie Kitamura.
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.
Katie Kitamura is a critic and novelist living in New York City. She is the author of Gone to the Forest and The Longshot, both of which were finalists for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award. A recipient of a Lannan Residency Fellowship, Kitamura has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, Granta, BOMB, Triple Canopy, and is a regular contributor to Frieze. Her new novel, A Separation, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books in February 2017.