In this breathtaking final work, Dasa Drndic reaches new heights. Andreas Ban's suicide attempt has failed. Though very ill, he still finds the will to tap on the glass of history to summon those imprisoned within. Mercilessly, he dissects society and his environment, shunning all favors as he goes after the evils and hidden secrets of our times. History remembers the names of the perpetrators, not the victims--Ban remembers and honors the lost. He travels from Rijeka to Zagreb, from Belgrade to Tirana, from Parisian avenues to Italian castles. Ghosts follow him wherever he goes: chess grandmasters who disappeared during WWII; the lost inhabitants of Latvia; war criminals who found work in the CIA and died peacefully in their beds. Ban's family is with him too, those already dead and those with one foot in the grave. As if left with only a few pieces in a chess game, Andreas Ban--and Dasa Drndic--play a stunning last match against Death.
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Reading Dasa Drndic is not for the fainthearted. Anger radiates from Drndic's pages, and perhaps the book's greatest strength is the way in which it gives a voice to those people who are unable to tell their own stories.--Shaun Walker
Drndic has in her own way composed an astonishment that extracts light from darkness.
Wry and kindly, funny, angry, informed and intent on the truth, no voice is quite as blisteringly beautiful as that of Drndic. Ban is the witness, the seeker of truth. Drndic, a tenacious collector of personal histories and the names of victims lost in the Holocaust, wrote about many things; for all the darkness, her concerns are life and justice.
The final novel by the late Croatian author is a poignant testament to her relentlessly probing spirit.--Best Book of the Year
Drndic cultivates a visionary art of memory. She rescues the names, and the lives, of the lost. Her writing glows with an incendiary bleakness worthy of Beckett.--Boyd Tonkin
There is great wisdom, along with dark history, in these pages, for those ready to take on the challenge.--Claire Messud"E.E.G. by Dasa Drndic review - reclaiming lives lost to war" (12/11/2018)
An elegant search for lost time and a fitting valediction by a superb writer.-- (01/31/2019)
Drndic interweaves fiction, reality, history, and memory to terrific effect, producing unforgettable meditations on love and loss, the insanity of war and the legacy of human cruelty.--Lucy Popescu
This is a novel of ideas but also of exquisite poetry, as when Drndic writes of a figure out of Ban's past: 'He died alone, and he was afraid of solitude.' An elegant search for lost time and a fitting valediction by a superb writer.-- (02/03/2019)
The 20th century is revealed as a parade of horrors in this harrowing novel from Drndic (1946-2018), one of Croatia's most acclaimed contemporary authors.... Riveting.-- (02/04/2019)
After surviving a suicide attempt, Andreas Ban goes on to dissect and expose the hidden evils and secrets of our times.-- (01/15/2019)
We have lost one of the most electrifying prose writers of our time. It will be difficult to forget a sensibility so expansive, so capable of forging ahead while keeping the past constantly at hand.-- (01/01/2019)
Perhaps the most ambitious novel of the twenty-first century so far.--Merve Emre
Drndic's formidable intelligence and Homeric intention cannot help but thrill and exalt.--Dustin Illingworth
One of the most electrifying prose writers of our time. Dasa Drndic has blessed us with a narrator unafraid to merge global traumas with personal ones--we have before us a novel that answers the demands of history with equal parts tenacity and generosity.