One of the strangest and strongest books.
—The Jewish Daily Forward
Drndić has in her own way composed an astonishment that extracts light from darkness.
—New York Times Book Review
Drndić is writing to witness and to make the pain stick. Even at their most lurid, her sentences remain coldly dignified.
—Sara Nović, Music & Literature
Belladonna is arriving in America at exactly the right time. Drndić’s novel rings out like an air raid siren.
—Rick Simonson, Elliott Bay Book Company
Drndić’s depiction of psychologist and writer Andreas Ban is so vivid one starts to look for more writing by him. Ban’s utterly candid, open-eyed, no-holds-barred assessment of his own life, looking back at loves and colleagues, at what happened in Croatia and elsewhere in Europe during hideous, dark turbulent times leaves one in awe.
—Eileen Battersby, Irish Times
A very fine novel, wise and brave. Drndić’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.