is an anti-love story, set against a background of
economic hardship. Told through the undiluted language of thought and mania,
the twists and turns of internal dialogue are brought alive by a narrator determined
to find her true voice. It is a warning against letting life slip through one?s
fingers and a call for personal liberation and authenticity.
is set in 1970s Croatia, interchanging between the
capital, Zagreb, and the seaside towns of Rijeka and Pula on the Adriatic
coast. This is a story about an everywoman from a poor family, with a retied
invalid father and a mother who always protects the interests of men. The story
begins with a love affair between two students of literature, who bond through
shared experiences and rush into the romantic dream of marriage.
However, what at first seems idyllic to a young woman
in love soon becomes a nightmare as she finds herself the victim of an
unscrupulous, lazy womanizer whom she must support financially and who often
disappears without explanation, leaving her alone in unfamiliar surroundings.
To free herself from him, she must free herself from the ?prisons? imposed on
her by her family, her community and tradition. She must go wild.