NAJMAN, JULIJA (1905–1989), author and translator. Born in Slavonia, Najman studied in Vienna and Lausanne. In some works, such as the short story collection Pri ča o Ani ("The Story of Anna," 1968) and the drama Žuti kavez ("Yellow Cage"), she chose Jewish themes. Her fiction dealt mainly with World War II or contemporary life, showing a keen insight into female psychology and employing a simple, compelling style. Her best-known work is Lica, nameštanja, lica ("Appearance, Simulacrum, Appearance"), which contains psychological insights into the behavior of Jewish refugees in troubled times. She also translated French works and published interviews with famous literary personalities.
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