Goran Ferčec

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Goran Ferčec is an author, playwright, theatre maker and assistant professor at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. His artistic and literary interest is focused on discovering and repositioning historical and social terms of a working class and what happened to that notion at the beginning of 21th century in the countries of Ex-Yugoslavia, transitioning from socialism to liberal capitalism. As a child from a working-class family, he expanded the complexity of the subject and his intimate relation to it into different literary modes of drama, non-fiction and fiction.
His first novel There Will Be No Miracles Here was published in 2011. The same year his performance text Letter to Heiner Müller, directed by Bojan Djordjev, was premiered at Zagreb Youth Theatre. In 2015 he published Handbook for Yesterday, a collection of essays, in 2018 followed a collection of performace texts under the title Overtime work. His work A place that will be the last to collapse, but that will inevitably collapse was commissioned and performed at steirischer herbst festival in 2019, directed by Bojan Djordjev. At the end of 2021 he published his second novel On the life of a female worker at the end of the twentieth century, creating an anti-biography of a no-name woman from the socialist era.
As a dramaturg and co-author he collaborated with Matija Ferlin on several performative projects, including Sad Sam Matthäus, performed in Vienna as part of Wiener Festwochen in 2021.

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