A Spare Life


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Two Lines Press
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4.9 X 1.3 X 7.9 inches | 1.3 pounds
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About the Author

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 (Copper Canyon Press, 2012), which was a finalist for the 2013 Best Translated Book Award, and Do Not Awaken Them With Hammers (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2006). She lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Christina E. Kramer is a professor of Slavic and Balkan languages and linguistics at the University of Toronto. She is the author of numerous books on the Macedonian language and the Balkans and is the translator of Freud's Sister, The Time of the Goats, and My Father's Books. She lives in Toronto.


"[A] kaleidoscopic, bighearted novel" -- Publishers Weekly

"A Spare Life uses the boldest of metaphors - the life of conjoined twins - to embody the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia. This strange and wonderful novel brings to mind Elena Ferrante and Magda Szabó in the acuity of its social observation and the depth of its mordant humor." -- Katie Kitamura, author of The Longshot and A Separation

"Dimkovska has an eye for detail befitting of a poet and the stark, unrelenting prose of a master storyteller. A Spare Life is a weird and wonderful book, capturing the quirk and complexity of both a declining Yugoslavia, and the inseparable lives of two sisters with clarity, wit, and heart." -- Sara Novic, author of Girl at War, finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

"Lidija Dimkovska enriches our contemporary museum of literary wonders with her powerful, grotesque, weird details and episodes told within the merry old novelistic tradition." -- Dubravka Ugresic, author of Baba Laid an Egg

"The truth is she's unstoppable and will not be ignored." -- the Poetry Foundation

"English-language readers would be poorer without [her]." -- Publishers Weekly

"The direst laugh-out-loud sense of humor around . . . transcendent, dizzying, and not to be missed." -- Boston Review