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Mars: Columbia University

  • Columbia University Harriman Institute 420 W 118th St, Harriman Institute, Room 1219 New York, NY 10027 (map)


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Mars showcases Asja Bakić’s strong and unique voice. These are sly, uncommon stories—a rare mix of the witty and the visceral, with no small hint of the decadent and transgressive. A major talent.” —Jeff VanderMeer, author of Borne

A debut story collection of darkly humorous, feminist speculative fiction from the Balkans.

Mars showcases a series of unique and twisted universes, where every character is tasked with making sense of their strange reality. One woman will be freed from purgatory once she writes the perfect book; another abides in a world devoid of physical contact. With wry prose and skewed humor, an emerging feminist writer explores twenty-first century promises of knowledge, freedom, and power.