Lend Me Your Character

The pieces collected in Lend Me Your Character--the novella "Steffie Cvek in the Jaws of Life" and the collection of short stories entitled "Life Is a Fairy Tale"--solidify Dubravka Ugresic's reputation as one of Eastern Europe's most playful and inventive writers. From the story of Steffie Cvek, a harassed and vulnerable typist whose life is shaped entirely by cliches as she searches relentlessly for an elusive romantic love in a narrative punctuated by threadbare advice from women's magazine and constructed like a sewing pattern, to "The Kharms Case," one of Ugresic's funniest stories ever about the strained relationship between a persistent translator and a nonresponsive publisher, the pieces in this collection are always smart and endlessly entertaining.

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