An unforgettable invective, Night marks the emergence of an exciting new voice in contemporary fiction.

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An unforgettable invective, Night marks the emergence of an exciting new voice in contemporary fiction.

Dalkey Archive Press

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Editorial Reviews

“Vedrana Rudan's first novel is a picturesque, unpretentious, ironic-satiric narrative, in which the tragic elements are succeeded by comic episodes, and in which a sharp style and vocabulary serve a singular purpose of diagnosing the Croatian reality.”
-Nada Gasic
“Nowadays nobody writes as ferociously as Vedrana Rudan.”
Library Journal
Ah, the tricky nature of translation. On the one hand, it brings you closer to a world that may otherwise be inscrutable; on the other, it forever limits your reading experience. This American debut by a popular Croatian writer epitomizes the problem. Although admirable, the translation doesn't quite convey the fury of the protagonist in the original (admittedly, the Croatian language is well endowed with profanities). Still, her pain is universal, as is the story's appeal. Tonka, a middle-aged, antifeminist feminist, spends an entire night in front of the TV, rambling to an imaginary audience about her grievances about her own life and the world around her. She is a freethinking woman who (finally) doesn't give a damn, but she is also a victim of a hypocritical society to which she has no choice but to succumb. This novel was hugely popular in Croatia, and rightfully so: it not only reaffirms a fiercely provocative literary voice but might also announce the arrival (or revival) of an inspiring genre where language makes all the rules while tragedy and comedy linger indistinguishable. Highly recommended.-Mirela Roncevic, Library Journal Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564783479
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2004
  • Pages: 214
  • Sales rank: 1,139,429
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Vedrana Rudan was born in 1949 in Opatia,
Croatia. She was a columnist for a major Croatian daily newspaper until she lost her job for opposing the ruling government. Her novels include Night and Love at Last Sight. Night was adapted for the stage and performed in Serbia.

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

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