Translated from the Croatian by Celia Hawkesworth
Tea Radan, the narrator of the novel Canzone di Guerra, reflects on her own past and in doing so, composes a forgotten mosaic of historical events that she wants to first tear apart and then reassemble with all the missing fragments. In front of the reader’s eyes, a collage of different genres takes place – from (pseudo) autobiography to documentary material and culinary recipes. With them, the author Daša Drndić skilfully explores different perspectives on the issues of emigration and the unresolved history of the Second World War, while emphasising the absurdity of the politics of differences between neighbouring nations. The narrator subtly weaves the torturous story of searching for her own identity with a relaxed, sometimes disguised ironic style, which takes the reader surprisingly easily into the world of persecution and the sense of alienation between herself and others.
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