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Description - Belladonna by Dasa Drndric

Andreas Ban, a psychologist who does not psychologize anymore and a writer who no longer writes, lives alone in a coastal town in Croatia. He sifts through the remnants of his life-his research, books, photographs-remembering old lovers and friends, the events of WWII, and the breakup of Yugoslavia. Ban's memories of Belgrade, Amsterdam, and Toronto alternate with meditations on the mental faculties of rats, a depressed arctic fox, and the agelessness of lobsters. 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."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780811227216
ISBN-10: 0811227219
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 140mm x 28mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 26-Sep-2017
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Dasa Drndric

Dasa Drndic is a Croatian novelist, playwright, critic, and author of radio plays and documentaries. Trieste, her first novel to be translated into English, was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2013. Celia Hawkesworth has translated The Museum of Unconditional Surrender by Dubravka Ugresic, Leica Format by Dasa Drndic, and Omer-Pasha Latas by the Nobel Prize-winner Ivo Andric.