Irena Jordanova

Irena Jordanova (born 8 September 1980) is a Macedonian writer. She graduated from the Department of World and Comparative Literature at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje.

Irena Jordanova
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Born (1980-09-08) September 8, 1980 (age 42)
Skopje, SR Macedonia, SFR Yugoslavia


Jordanova published her first story titled "Streets" in a joint student publication named Calculation at WCL. She also published short stories in various Macedonian literary magazines.[1] Her first novel, In Between,[2] was published in 2008 and was a finalist for the prestigious national Novel of the Year Award [3] by the daily newspaper Utrinski vesnik. With her creative prose, she participated in numerous events, readings and conferences and she took part of the International Biennial of Young Artists from Europe[4] in 2009. That same year, she wrote her short story Abandoned Mother for the Biennial reading.[5] In 2010, she published her second novel, The Catalyst 33.

The critics find her writing style as a fiction with bold self-irony. It is a fiction that shows, at the same time, a broad literary culture and a full range of storytelling techniques. Using different kind of "shifts" she plays with meanings and allusions. The permanent dialogue between "I and the Other" she is moving everything that is "fixed" in "mobile" creating a "new ethic" within the traditional literary norms. In her works there is a predominance of bizarre as aesthetic and ethical element creating an original storytelling line. Some of the readers find that despite the positive theme of love & affection, in part of her works there are scenes of cruelty and violence.[6] In 2014 her short story Millisekunden Liebe eng: Milliseconds of Love was published in German and English language

The Catalyst 33 was published in English in 2012 [7]

Her third novel "Willing floating boat" was published in 2018.[8][9]


  • In Between (2008, Skopje: Ili Ili Publishing)
  • The Catalyst 33 (2010, Skopje: Ili Ili Publishing)
  • Willing floating boat (2018, Skopje: Ili Ili Publishing)[10]



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  2. ^ "Ирена Јорданова". 8 August 2017. Archived from the original on 1 October 2022. Retrieved 10 March 2023.
  3. ^ Utrinski Vesnik Archived 2012-03-26 at the Wayback Machine
    - Novel of the Year Award, 2008 Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine
    - Shortlisted autors for the international literary award Balkanika 2008 Archived 2011-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "The International Association of the Biennial of Young Artists from Europe". Archived from the original on 2011-08-24. Retrieved 2011-04-15.
  5. ^ "Мајка Распуштеница". 26 July 2013. Archived from the original on 29 October 2019. Retrieved 10 March 2023.
  6. ^ "The Catalyst 33". Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2023-03-10.
  7. ^ The Catalyst 33. Archived from the original on 2023-03-10. Retrieved 2023-03-10.
  8. ^ "Послушен брод што плови". Archived from the original on 2023-03-10. Retrieved 2023-03-10.
  9. ^ "Нова книга: "Послушен брод што плови" на Јорданова – Вечер". Archived from the original on 2018-07-25.
  10. ^ Макфакс (2018-07-20). "Објавен третиот роман на Ирена Јорданова". МАКФАКС (in Macedonian). Archived from the original on 2020-02-03. Retrieved 2023-03-10.
  11. ^ "Роман на годината 2018 - извадоци од пристигнатите романи (17) |". Archived from the original on 2022-10-22. Retrieved 2023-03-10.