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Year 2 of the ON THE MARGINS project


On the Margins

Year 2


“If people are frightened very often, they sometimes become invisible.”

Tove Jansson

The focus of the second year of the “On the Margins” project will be on women’s voices and experiences. We will publish ten literary works written mostly by women in less represented literary types and genres. Those stories deserve to be heard: some of them break stereotypes and talk about subjects which were long kept silent, they deal with challenges faces by women. Children’s books in this series emphasize the importance of learning about equality from an early age. The only novel written by a man gives a male perspective on the relationship between women and men and deconstructs existing myths.

The project includes three graphic novels: one of them gives a voice to elderly women who have been silenced and made invisible in today’s world (Estamos todas bien, Ana Penyas), the other depicts abuse and harassment of women as well as men (Take It as a Compliment, Maria Stoian), and the graphic novel for teenagers presents a sensitive time of transition from childhood into adolescence (Hysj, Magnhild Winsnes). Tove Jansson’s famous short story “The Invisible Child” teaches children about the right of every being to be visible and to have their voice heard. Short stories written by the co-initiator of the women’s stories exchange in North Macedonia Rumena Bužarovska and the Hungarian novel, the winner of European Union Prize for Literature (Mágneshegy, Réka Mán-Várhegyi) depict patriarchal societal patterns in South-East Europe. Poetry by C. A. Duffy, the first British female “poet laureate”, will be published for the first time in Croatia. Two award-winning Croatian novels, Katarina, Velika i Mala by Olja Knežević and Brdo by Ivica Prtenjača, will be translated into English and German.

We hope that different stories and experiences shared through literature will raise awareness about the motto of the project: “If people are frightened very often, they sometimes become invisible” (T. Jansson), and help bring change.

Magnetic Hill

“Magnetic Hill”, winner of the European Union Prize for Literature, has been dubbed “the novel of the Hungarian #metoo movement”. This is a complex psychological and social work which raises many questions, ranging from female identity to the responsibility of intellectuals in Hungary today.

We Ladies Are Fine

While receiving the Spanish Nacionale Award for graphic novel in 2018, Ana Penyas remarked how it is less important that she is the first female winner of this esteemed award and much more important that it was won because of a story about women, elderly women.

Der Berg

Ivica Prtenjača’s award-winning work “Der Berg” (Cro. “Brdo”, Eng. “The Hill”) is a novel about regaining freedom, the possibility of change and the fascinating Mediterranean culture.


Hanna spends every summer at her uncle with the cousin Siv, who is her age, and older Metter. But Siv has changed compared to last year. She is no longer interested in counting crabs and bugs they catch; she is instead interested in her older sister Mette’s adventures: boys, going out and parties.

Going Nowhere

The title reflects not only a hard stance but also a variedly explored theme of economic migration, a more comfortable kind, one which leaves on a plane with a relatively full belly so it can attempt to make a picture-perfect life for itself...

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