Monday 16 June 2014

Book Review: Ballerina, Ballerina by Marko Sosič

Title: Ballerina, Ballerina  
Author: Marko Sosič
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication Date: 16 September 2014
Pages: 104
Format: Paperback
Genre: Literary Fiction
Source: ARC via NetGalley
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The narrator of this novel is Ballerina, a fifteen-year-old with the cognitive faculties of a child, and each of its fifteen chapters begins with her first wetting her bed and thereby greeting a new day. Drawing comparison to William Faulkner in its expressionistic depiction of Ballerina's interior world, this is a classic of contemporary Slovenian literature: a hugely popular exploration of a character whose world is so divorced from what we think of as reality. (Goodreads Synopsis)

Ballerina Ballerina is an evocative rendering of the world of a girl lost within herself. We see the fascinating story of her world through her own eyes and the prose is both descriptive and engaging. This is a tale that will appeal to fans of novels like The Curious Incident... and is a wonderful novella that will pass a pleasant hour one afternoon.

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