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Hotel Zagorje: napisala Ivana Simić Bodrožić / Hotel Zagorje by Ivana Simić Bodrožić

Emotivan, ali oslobođen patetike, pun boli i smijeha, mješavine sreće i nesreće, ovaj roman opisuje djetinstvo djevojke prognanice iz Vukovara, njeno odrastanje u stranoj (novoj) sredini, kao i borbu za preživljavanje i pronalaženje smisla u kaotičnom svijetu devedesetih. 

Osvježavajuće iskren glas spisateljice, genijalan u svojoj jednostavnosti, vrlo topao, a često i vrlo smiješan, te sam način pripovijedanja prebaciva nas u jedno drugo vrijeme i jedan drugi svijet. Djevojka iz hotela zagorje progovara intimnim glasom, bez prikrivanja, bez uljepšavanja, bez politike, ali ne bez duše, baš naprotiv s puno hrabrosti, pronicavosti i sposobnosti za uočavanje detalja, osobine koje ima u tolikoj mjeri da bismo ih mogli nazvati i mudrošću.

Jako talentirana spisateljica, kojoj predviđam svijetlu budućnost, učinila je ovu svoju životnu priču sveljudskom, sjajnom i dirljivom, a sigurna sam kako će mnogima od nas( pogotovo onima koji kao ja pripadaju njenoj generaciji) biti poznata i bliska. Predivna knjiga!

This novel is warm and emotional  without ever being sentimental.  Laughter and pain echo trough its pages creating a strange mix of happiness and sorrow. The novel itself describes a childhood of a refugee girl from Vukovar and her growing up in a foreign (new) environment  as well as her effort to make sense of the chaotic world of the nineties.

The voice of the narrator is refreshingly honest, brilliant in its simplicity and quite funny, while the narrative itself  transforms us in another time and place.  The girl from the Hotel Zagorje speaks from her soul in the most intimate manner, with no embellishments and no politics but with an amazing strength and courage. Her ability to notice the little things and put them into context--- I would go as far as to call it wisdom.

Immensely talented young author, in my opinion one that will have a great literary career. She has made her life story very human and touching...I'm sure that to many of us (especially those that like myself are about her age) the story will mean even something more and be very close to the hearth. Beautiful novel! Absolutely beautiful!

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