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Journalist, commentator, performer, writer of plays, short stories and novellas. She currently works as an editor and political commentator for the daily SME. From Bratislava, where she studied dramaturgy and screenwriting, Zuska later got her PhD in cultural and gender studies from the Central European University in Budapest. In 2005 she won first prize in a short-story competition and made her name in 2011 with Sweet Buns in Gothic Script (Buchty švabachom), followed by two novellas, 57 km from Tashkent (57 km od Taškentu, 2013), and Reflux (2015). 

FEATURED BOOK: Sweet Buns in Gothic Script. Tr. Magdalena Mullek, Seagull, 2023. Novel formed of linked stories, based in Paris, London, Helsinki and Budapest, describing a Europe undergoing intense change and reshaping itself through migration. More of an emotional travel guide than a geographic one, the characters think of home with longing and nostalgia. 

Image credits @GabrielKuchta