Vesna Goldsworthy

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Vesna Goldsworthy (née Bjelogrlić) is a Serbian writer and poet. She is from Belgrade and obtained her BA in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from Belgrade University in 1985. She has lived in England since 1986.

Currently on the staff of Exeter University, she previously worked at Kingston University where she was Director of the Centre for Suburban Studies [1] , and the University of East Anglia.

Her books include Inventing Ruritania (1998), the memoir Chernobyl Strawberries (2005),[2] and a collection of poems The Angel of Salonika (2011).[3] Her first novel Gorsky, which updated the story of The Great Gatsby, was published in 2015.[4] Her second novel, Monsieur Ka, which is a development of the story of Anna Karenina, was published in 2018.[5]


She won the Crashaw Prize in 2011.[6]


  • Inventing Ruritania: The Imperialism of the Imagination, Yale University Press, 1998, ISBN 978-0300073126
  • Chernobyl Strawberries, Atlantic Books, 2005, ISBN 978-1843544142
  • The Angel of Salonika, Salt Publishing, 2011, ISBN 978-1844718788
  • Gorsky, The Overlook Press, 2015, ISBN 978-1468312232
  • Monsieur Ka, Chatto and Windus, 2018, ISBN 978-1784741181

BBC appearances[edit]

Previously she worked for the BBC Serbian Service as a journalist. In 2010, she presented a BBC Radio 4 programme on finding one's voice in a foreign land. In 2017 she was a guest on BBC Radio 3´s Private Passions.[7]


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