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Barbi Marković

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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Barbi Marković - SCREWED-UP TIMES

Belgrade, 1995: Marko, his sister Vanja and Kasandra from the Roma settlement live in the "giant psycho-economical disaster" of 1990s Belgrade – a vicious circle of poverty, violence, inflation, drugs and new technologies. Yet in this inspired novel there aren't just gangs and dealers, there's also a crazy scientist and a time machine, there's a Balkan pop icon and kinky sex, there are bombardments and destruction, but also music and friendship. When the three young friends are catapulted into the war year of 1999, they realise that they have to rescue their city from the disastrous 90s. In a headlong race against the ticking clock they try to find the key to the time warp and re-write history.

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Barbi Marković Mascha Dabić (Translated by) - Superheroines

Every Saturday, three superheroines meet in a run-down café called Sette Fontane. There is Mascha, the brave supportive one, Direktorka, the inexperienced one ready for adventure, and Marija's granddaughter who has a flexible conscience and revenge in her veins. The three have dark, chaotic powers and want to bring justice to Vienna's suburbs as they plan a futile uprising of the middle class. "Lightening of Fate" and "Annihilation" are the weapons that grandma Marija already successfully used to destabilize an entire country. After failed appearances and painful years of learning in Berlin, Belgrade, Sarajevo and other cities, our three superheroines ultimately find triumph in the darkest of all happy ends.