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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.
Nowadays nobody writes as ferociously as Vedrana Rudan. ---Nada Gasic
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Nothing actually happens. At no point does it all add up, which makes this a much more "difficult" read than your average American bestseller. The reader is completely submerged in Tonka's consciousness; no easy separations between author and narrator and reader are allowed. We're strapped down and forced to endure it all. Which is not torture, thanks in part to the excellent translation.
Be aware that you will be repeatedly frustrated by the narrator's refusal to explain or stick to the point. She'll yell at you, accuse you of everything under the sun, contradict herself, and in the end you're left with a collection of shards of ideas, fleeting images and no clear idea of how to fit them all together. Does that sound fun to you? If so, get this book. It isn't The Vagina Monologues nor (barring a pole shift in culture) will it be in Oprah's Book Club any time soon. It is not chick-lit. It is not "empowering."
What it is is an intriguing mess. Maybe more, certainly no less.