Sušna doba

  • Title: Sušna doba
  • Author: Gabriela Babnik
  • ISBN: 9789612423940
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Su na doba Gabriela Babnik s novel Dry Season breaks the mold of what we usually expect from a writer from a small Central European nation With a global perspective Babnik takes on the themes of racism the ro
    Gabriela Babnik s novel Dry Season breaks the mold of what we usually expect from a writer from a small, Central European nation With a global perspective, Babnik takes on the themes of racism, the role of women in modern society and the loneliness of the human condition.Dry Season is a record of an unusual love affair Anna is a 62 year old designer from Slovenia and IsmGabriela Babnik s novel Dry Season breaks the mold of what we usually expect from a writer from a small, Central European nation With a global perspective, Babnik takes on the themes of racism, the role of women in modern society and the loneliness of the human condition.Dry Season is a record of an unusual love affair Anna is a 62 year old designer from Slovenia and Ismael is a 27 year old from Burkino Faso who was brought up on the street, where he was often the victim of abuse What unites them is the loneliness of their bodies, a tragic childhood and the dry hamartan season, during which neither nature nor love is able to flourish She soon realizes that the emptiness between them is not really caused by their skin colour and age difference, but predominantly by her belonging to the Western culture in which she has lost or abandoned all the preordained roles of daughter, wife and mother Sex does not outstrip the loneliness and repressed secrets from the past surface into a world she sees as much crueller and, at the same time, innocent than her own Cleverly written as an alternating narrative of both sides in the relationship, the novel is interlaced with magic realism.

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    About Gabriela Babnik


    1. Gabriela Babnik born 1979 is a Slovene writer, literary critic and translator She has published three novels and her journalistic literary and film criticism regularly appears in national newspapers and magazines in Slovenia.


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    1. First, let me say that I never would have learned about this title, let alone read it, if my challenge group weren't trying, as a group, to read something set in every country of the world. Burkina Faso has not yet been claimed, and it seemed such an out of the way place, that it might go neglected for some time. This includes two first person accounts which don't exactly alternate, but are definitely interspersed. For the first sentence or two of a new section, it wasn't always clear who was sp [...]

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    2. I have to admit that before I read this book I really knew nothing about the small West African nation of Burkina Faso. The setting alone of this story in this small and politically volatile country taught me so many things, but the book as a whole is also a fantastic read.From all outward appearances, the two main characters of this story could not be more different. Anna is a 62-year-old white woman from Slovenia who has had a successful career as a textile artist. Ismael is a 27-year-old blac [...]

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    3. Please check out all of my reviews at ultraviolentlit!Burkino Faso is an unusual setting for a writer from Central Europe, but the unexpectedness adds another layer to the story. Ana, a Slovenian woman in her 60s, travels to the small African nation and begins an affair with 27-year-old Ismael. They are united by loneliness and tragic pasts, filled with both emotional and physical abuse. Ana’s world is in the west, yet she has essentially rejected it – she prefers to embrace Ismael’s Afric [...]

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    4. Twisty literary tale of older euro woman visiting (escaping from her "old"life?) Burkina Faso and falling. In love with a much younger street tough fella. Mayhem ensues. Has a back and forth pov that gets tighter and tighter focus as story goes along. Fun "local facts" and history and politics of a country that has had some very down downs in 21st century after being a paragon of normality for much of latter 20th

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    5. Ana, a 62-year-old graphic designer from Slovenia, has run away to a completely foreign place – Burkina Faso. There she meets Ismael, a 27-year-old former street kid with a history of abuse, and they begin a relationship despite – or perhaps because of - their differences. As Ana and Ismael take turns telling us, the readers, about their complex and pain-filled lives, we wander with them further into the dream captivating them.This novel plays with the stereotypes of the old white woman in A [...]

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    6. Sedela je, na modrem fotelju, pod veliko svetilko. "Njeni lasje iz opečnate prsti, ki dela črno celino, so obsipavali mlečni obraz polne lune." "Why Africa?" je vprašal nekdo. "It's not a coincidence," je rekla. In jaz sem mislila. Because it makes me shiver. Or is it his touch somewhat still hanging over my white skin? "Literatura mora govoriti o neizgovorljivem vsakdanjem življenju," je razpletala dalje. In jaz sem mislila, kako sem "à moitié folle grâce à lui." In še naprej se mi je [...]

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    7. I didn't like this to start with, but it grew on me. As soon as I became more confident that this wasn't a conventional tale, and that the narrator was self-consciously unreliable, I could overcome more of the cliches and assertions of the European-Woman-in-Africa narrative. The sights and sounds of Burkina Faso came through, as did the challenge and difficulties and self-obsession of life. At an event I went to recently others loved this and commended it's complexity, subtlety and I think perha [...]

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    8. Challenging, original and rewarding. This tale of a love affair between a 62 year-old Slovenian woman and a 27 year-old black man set in Burkina Faso blends metafiction and magical realism to weave a complex narrative that explores the deep secrets and intense loneliness that pulls unlikely lovers together. In the end, it is not certain that either will find what they long for in each others arms.Full review to follow.

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