BelladonnaBook - 2017
"From the author of the highly acclaimed Trieste, a fierce novel about history, memory, and illness. Andreas Ban, a psychologist who does not psychologize anymore and a writer who no longer writes, lives alone in a coastal town in Croatia. He sifts through the remnants of his life--his research, books, photographs--remembering old lovers and friends, the events of WWII, and the breakup of Yugoslavia. Ban's memories of Belgrade, Amsterdam, and Toronto alternate with meditations on the mental faculties of rats, a depressed arctic fox, and the agelessness of lobsters. He tries to push the past away, to 'land on a little island of time in which tomorrow does not exist, in which yesterday is buried.' Drndic leafs through the horrors of history with a cold unflinching wit. 'The past is riddled with holes,' she writes. 'Souvenirs can't help here.'"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : New Directions Publishing Corporation, 
Characteristics: 378 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm