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Belladonna
Belladonna

Belladonna

Product ID : 27060132


Galleon Product ID 27060132
UPC / ISBN 0811227219
Shipping Weight 0.92 lbs
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Binding: Paperback
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Manufacturer New Directions Publishing Corporation
Shipping Dimension 7.91 x 5.47 x 1.06 inches
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Author Daša Drndic
Number Of Pages 400
Publication Date 2017-10-31
Release Date 2017-10-31
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Product Description Winner of 2018 Warwick Prize for Women in Translation From the author of the highly acclaimed Trieste, a fierce novel about history, memory, and illness Andreas Ban, a psychologist who no longer psychologizes, a writer who no longer writes, lives alone in a coastal town in Croatia. His body is failing him. He sifts through the remnants of his life―his research, books, medical records, photographs―remembering old lovers and friends, the tragedies of WWII, the breakup of Yugoslavia. Ban’s memories of Belgrade (which he thought he had left behind) and of Amsterdam (a different world and life) alternate with meditations on hole-ridden time (ebbing away through its perforations), on his measly pension, on growing old and fragile, on the intelligence of rats and the agelessness of lobsters, on deadly nightshade. He tries to push the past away, "to land on a little island of time in which tomorrow does not exist, in which yesterday is buried.” Drndic´ leafs through the horrors of history with a cold unflinching wit. “The past is riddled with holes,” she writes. “Souvenirs can’t help here.” And they don't. Review “We might call the novel experimental because of some of the techniques the writer employs. But the story...feels ancient. Undeniable, raw, and mythical. A novel in the documentary style of the German writer W. G. Sebald.” - All Things Considered “Ferocious...an unforgettable blend of fact and fiction, history and the present. Drndic's writing is superb and deals with themes of history, illness, academia and all without flinching. A modern masterpiece.” - Brazos Bookstore “ Belladonna is a book about remembering, and the struggle to speak the truths that are covered up, ignored, twisted, quashed. A powerful indictment of a failure―past and present―to deal with the uglier parts of national history. A very fine work.” - M. A. Orthofer, Complete Review “Although this is fiction, it is also deeply researched historical documentary. A masterpiece.” - Financial Times “A very fine novel, wise and brave. Drndic's fiction is very powerful statement fiction, and yet somehow the quality, the humanity, the playfulness actually counter the polemical intent. This is an extraordinary book.” - Eileen Battersby, Irish Times “An elegant novel of ideas concerning decidedly inelegant topics, empathetic but unforgiving.” - Kirkus (starred review) “An epic, heart-rending saga from the Croatian novelist about a forgotten corner of the Nazi Holocaust....A brilliant artistic and moral achievement worth reading.” - Kirkus (starred review) “This novel is a powerful warning. A fascinating book.” - Eric Wagner, Moment Magazine “Drndic's themes, use of history, and narrative technique invite favorable comparisons to W.G. Sebald, and the novel's relentlessly uncomfortable mood might be Drndic's point: the historical crimes were great, and complicity of almost everyone was enormous.” - Publishers Weekly “A heartbreaking meditation on aging and its many ills. Drndic stares directly into the inky sins of us all and doesn’t blink. The author combines the real world and the fictional until it no longer matters because, in the end, all of it is the truth. Unforgettable.” - Mark Haber, Quarterly Conversation About the Author Daša Drndic (1946–2018) wrote Trieste―“a masterpiece” (Financial Times)―shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and Belladonna―“one of the strangest and strongest books” (TLS) ―winner of the 2018 Warwick Prize, and EEG―“a masterpiece” (Joshua Cohen).  Celia Hawkesworth has translated The Museum of Unconditional Surrender by Dubravka Ugrešic, Belladonna by Daša Drndic―shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize―and Omer Pasha Latas by the Nobel Prize–winner Ivo Andric.