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5.3 X 7.9 X 1.1 inches | 0.92 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 has translated The Museum of Unconditional Surrender by Dubravka Ugresic, Belladonna by Dasa Drndic--shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize--and Omer Pasha Latas by the Nobel Prize-winner Ivo Andric.


Splendid and absorbing... Drndic is writing to witness, and to make the pain stick. These dense and satisfying pages capture the crowdedness of memory.
Although this is fiction, it is also deeply researched historical documentary. A masterpiece.
An epic, heart-rending saga from the Croatian novelist about a forgotten corner of the Nazi Holocaust....A brilliant artistic and moral achievement worth reading.
Drndic's themes, use of history, and narrative technique invite favorable comparisons to W.G. Sebald, and the novel's relentlessly uncomfortable mood might be Drndic's point: the historical crimes were great, and complicity of almost everyone was enormous.
We might call the novel experimental because of some of the techniques the writer employs. But the story...feels ancient. Undeniable, raw, and mythical. A novel in the documentary style of the German writer W. G. Sebald.
This novel is a powerful warning. A fascinating book.--Eric Wagner
In this documentary fiction, the private and public happen at once, large and small scale, imagined with just the same biographical precision... aching with vivid absences, losses, disappearances. This one story is freighted with all the pain and detail of its myriad predecessors.
Consumed with history and memory--the necessity of remembering, and the ordeal of forgetting--[this novel] conflates fact with fiction while flitting between cold, hard truth and soft, sensual exceptional reading experience. unforgettable blend of fact and fiction, history and the present. Drndic's writing is superb and deals with themes of history, illness, academia and all without flinching. A modern masterpiece.
A heartbreaking meditation on aging and its many ills. Drndic stares directly into the inky sins of us all and doesn't blink. The author combines the real world and the fictional until it no longer matters because, in the end, all of it is the truth. Unforgettable.--Mark Haber
A very fine novel, wise and brave. Drndic'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
An elegant novel of ideas concerning decidedly inelegant topics, empathetic but unforgiving.
Drndic has in her own way composed an astonishment that extracts light from darkness.
Belladonna forces us to remember. Grotesque imagery abounds--this is a novel that does not turn its gaze away. But then, sometimes the writing surprises us with humor, or beauty. A complicated, moving book which engages with the horrors of the past.-- (11/15/2017)
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