Daša Drndić

by Daša Drndić


Daša Drndić


Fiction by Daša Drndić

Translated from the Croatian by Celia Hawkesworth

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One of the strangest and strongest books.


Drndić has in her own way composed an astonishment that extracts light from darkness.

The Jewish Daily Forward

Drndić is writing to witness and to make the pain stick. Even at their most lurid, her sentences remain coldly dignified.

New York Times Book Review

Belladonna is arriving in America at exactly the right time. Drndić’s novel rings out like an air raid siren.

—Sara Nović, Music & Literature

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.

—Rick Simonson, Elliott Bay Book Company

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.

—Eileen Battersby, Irish Times
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