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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

From the author of the highly acclaimed Trieste, a fierce novel about history, memory, and illness


Available October 31st, 2017

Belladonna

Fiction by Daša Drndić

translated by Celia Hawkesworth

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.” Drndić leafs through the horrors of history with a cold unflinching wit. “The past is riddled with holes,” she writes. “Souvenirs can’t help here.”

published October 31st, 2017