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Barbi Marković

Barbi Marković

born in Belgrade in 1980, studied German literature and has lived in Vienna since 2006. In 2009, Marković caused a sensation with the Thomas Bernhard remix novel "Ausgehen". In 2016, she published the novel "Superheldinnen", for which she received the Alpha Literature Prize, the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize and the Priessnitz Prize in 2019. In 2017, Barbi Marković read at the Bachmann Prize. 2023 Barbi Marković received the Berlin Art Prize for Literature. In 2024, Barbi Marković received the Leipzig Book Fair Prize for "Minihorror" and the Carl Amery Literature Prize for her literary work. Most recently published by Residenz Verlag: "Die verschissene Zeit" (2021) and "Minihorror" (2023). 

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Coverabbildung von 'Minihorror'

Barbi Marković - Minihorror

In Minihorror, Barbi Marković tells the story of Mini and Miki and their everyday adventures in the city. Mini and Miki aren’t from around here, but they do their best to fit in and do everything right. Despite – or rather because – of this, they are constantly pursued by dangers and monsters, by catastrophes and troubles. This is a book about the nightmares of the middle class, great and small, about the horror of the perfect family breakfast, about workplace bullying and holiday disasters, about the yawning, ever-present emptiness of everyday life. In Minihorror, Barbi Marković has created a perfidious, compassionate monument to the agents of fear in our society – to read it is to feel at once caught-out and understood.

Coverabbildung von 'Die verschissene Zeit'

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.