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Dogs and Others
Dogs and Others

Dogs and Others

By Biljana Jovanovic, Translated by John K Cox


146 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $22.95)

Publication Date: April 2019

ISBN 9781912545162

Rights: US, CA & SAM

Istros Books (Apr 2019)

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The first novel of pioneering Serbian author Biljana Jovanovic to be published in English

The protagonist in Dogs and Others is the first openly lesbian character in modern Serbian literature, but she is also so much more than that, as she encapsulates the zeitgeist of her generation. Coming of age in 1970s Belgrade, then the capital city of thriving, socialist Yugoslavia, we follow Lida and the bohemian life she leads, which is made complicated by the trials and tribulations of her family. The whole novel breathes with a new kind of raw sensibility so aptly captured in the voice of the heroineâ€â€a striking, rebellious, overtly feminist and somewhat neurotic young woman.


"Biljana Jovanovic came into the Serbian literary scene as a phenomenon . . . Such girls in literature bring with them spite, devastating erotica, a new language, and new rules, especially when the old rules break down painfully." â€â€Svetlana Slapšak, author and professor

"A rich amalgam of unvarnished bohemian life in socialist Belgrade, narrative experimentation, a sensitive but provocative depiction of family life in the shadow of old age, disability, and 'madness'." â€â€WORDS without BORDERS

"In her novel Dogs and Others, Biljana Jovanovic went a step further in breaking down all taboos regarding women's sexuality in Serbian literature." â€â€LOM (Serbian publisher)

Author Biography

Biljana Jovanovic (1953–96) was a Serbian intellectual who published poetry, three novels, four plays, and a number of nonfiction pieces, mostly connected to her time in the anti-Miloševic opposition of the 1990s. She was known for her feminist and anti-war work with human rights groups and a "flying" (underground) university. John K. Cox is professor of history and department head at North Dakota State University. His translations include five volumes of works by Danilo Kiš; short fiction by Ismail Kadare, Ivo Andric, and Meša Selimovic; and nonfiction by Joseph Roth and Stefan Heym. He lives in Fargo.