Battle Songs


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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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5.55 X 7.96 X 0.47 inches | 0.42 pounds

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About the Author

Dasa Drndic (1946-2018) wrote Trieste--"splendid, absorbing" (The New York Times)--shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize; Belladonna--"one of the strangest and strongest books" (TLS)-- winner of the 2018 Warwick Prize; and EEG--"a masterpiece" (Joshua Cohen). She also wrote plays, criticism, radio plays, and documentaries.
Celia Hawkesworth was Senior Lecturer in Serbian and Croatian at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College, London until her retirement. She has published numerous articles and several books on Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian literature, including a study Ivo Andric: Bridge between East and West, and Voices in the Shadows: Women and Verbal Art in Serbia and Bosnia. She has also published numerous translations, including several works by Ivo Andric and Dubravka Ugresic.


Her writing glows with an incendiary bleakness worthy of Beckett.--Boyd Tonkin "The Arts Desk"
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 "The White Review"
Drndic's formidable intelligence and Homeric intention cannot help but thrill and exalt.--Dustin Illingworth "The Paris Review"
Battle Songs is bleak but not hopeless, and Drndic's inventive style carries the reader along without allowing the disillusionment of the book to become disillusionment with the experience of reading it. Those new to Drndic will find themselves impatient to dig deeper into her writing. Fans of her previously Englished books may come away with a better idea of her artistic progression. Anyone interested in Eastern European history or the continuing playfulness of the novelistic form would do well to read Battle Songs.--Alex Tedesco "Blathering Struldbrugs"