Dubravka Ugresic was born and raised in what used to be Yugoslavia. She studied Comparative literature and Russian literature at the University of Zagreb. She worked for twenty years at the Institute for Theory of Literature (Faculty of Arts, Zagreb University). She left Croatia in 1993 for political reasons, and has taught on various occasions at American and European universities. She has been awarded several international prizes for her writing: the Swiss “Charles Veillon” European Essay Prize, the Austrian State Prize for European Literature, the Dutch “Resistance” Prize, and the German SudWest Funk Prize.