Maximum grant awareded: 59,951.57 €
Project “Do You Speak Feminine? – Literature as a Way of Women’s Empowerment” gathers 7 books written by female authors in 7 different languages. Focus is on significant female authors from the beginning of XX century to the present day. Female authors have been underrepresented for far too long. Today, women’s voice is much stronger, as authors as well as readers, and they make healthy majority of literary industry. However, there is still a lot to be done for female empowerment, and this project tends to gather women from all fields of expertise: translators, editors, proofreaders, designers, managers etc. Our main task is to deliver quality translation, publication, promotion and dissemination of selected works of high literary quality: French writer Sophie Daull (Au Grand Lavoir) and Finnish novelist Piia Leino (Taivas) are winners of EUPL, Mercè Rodoreda is considered the most important Catalan novelist of the post-war period and La mort i la primavera as her magnum opus. Cora Sandel was Norwegian pioneer in female emancipation with her Albertetrilogien. Anja Golob is acclaimed and award-winning Slovenian poet. Her poetry collection Vesa v zgibi was awarded with Jenko Poetry Prize by Slovenian Writers Association. Ingeborg Bachmann is one of the most authentic literary voices of her time and her poetry collection Ausgewählte Gedichte is a unique philosophical meditation on the questions of gender, homeland and borders. Also, she was in the vanguard of Austrian women writers who strived for emancipation. Dorota Masłowska, author of poetry collection Inni ludzie is the leading female voice of contemporary Polish literary scene. She received most prestigious literary awards in Poland: NIKE and Paszport Polityki. Female authors are still under-promoted in Serbia, and this project is part of Kontrast’s tendency to change that. It is expected to bring more attention to important questions of female empowerment in region, while having huge impact on our readership.