Olja Knežević: Katarina, velika i mala (Catherine, Great and Small)

The latest addition to my website is Olja Knežević‘s Katarina, velika i mala (Catherine, Great and Small). It tells the story of Catherine (Katarina), a Montenegrin who grows up in Titograd (now Podgorica), Yugoslavia, moves for a while to Belgrade and then back to Titograd as Yugoslavia breaks up, before moving off to London. Catherine makes mistakes, sees loved ones die or leave, is betrayed but somehow manages to struggle through life, her head held up high, as those around her fall. Boyfriends leave, her mother and grandmother die, her husband gets a girlfriend, her country collapses, London is hard work, but she more or less comes through, still smiling, ready for the next challenge.

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