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Marija Knežević

A poet, a prose-writer, an essayist and a translator, Knežević was born in Belgrade in 1963. She studied Comparative Literature, prepared literary programmes on the radio, and teaches creative writing. Apart from a few essays and poems, her novel “Ekatarini” was published in Poland. Knežević debuted in 1989 with the novel entitled “Hrana za pse” (Dogs’ Food). Before “Uličarke” (Trollops), she had published seven volumes of poetry, a book “In tactum” (2006), a record of her electronic correspondence sent from the bombed Belgrade entitled “Querida” (2001), and a collection of essays “Knjiga o nedostajanju” (The Book of Insufficiency) (2003). Her last works include a collection of feature articles printed in “Politika” - a Belgrade magazine - and a collection of short stories entitled “Fabula rasa”.


Marija Knežević has got her own style and a perfect awareness of poetry that includes such important issues as: the bond between the presence and “the eternal truths”, the profound feeling of one’s own freedom, and the underground river of humour. “Uličarke” may be read as an urban saga translated into blues. The street that a little girl plays in is dirty and ugly but it gives freedom. And though the girl often feels strange in that street, she is to save her own rhythms of experience (and survival) by creating magical rosaries of words in various languages. Those are her rosaries that will help her to take control over dumbness of the new Babel that is being erected just beside us. What the language of poetry gives to Marija Knežević is freedom. She will always find something to make sense for its own in the sad streets of her city. Just because it exists. You only need to notice that.