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By Slavenka Drakulic

ISBN-10: 0060976535

ISBN-13: 9780060976538

From Publishers Weekly
Drakulic, a Croatian feminist who might be top recognized right here for her essays ( The Balkan convey ; How We Survived Communism or even Laughed ), trains her ambitious intelligence on a bold, valuable topic: the reconciliation of lady sexuality with maternity. Her narrator is a sculptor whose newest paintings, a rendering of a sexually aroused lady that is titled "My Mother's Body," triggers her mother's tried suicide. speeding to her mother's bedside, the sculptor reports her emotions approximately her mom and her feel of her personal femininity. She ponders the pivotal second in her dating along with her mom, describing how, whilst she used to be in past due youth and her mom was once a tender and lovely widow, her mother's lover seduced her and her mom selected to not think her account of the incident. hardly, even though, does Drakulic converse to the reader her narrator's feel of urgency: methodically examining and reanalyzing the sculptor's thoughts and her impressions, she additionally drains them of power. Awkward phraseology and diction, notwithstanding, solid doubts upon the interpretation, that is in accordance with the French and never the unique variation.

From Library Journal
This moment paintings of fiction from revered Yugoslav journalist Drakulic is a dreamlike mental novel a couple of girl's obsession along with her emotionally distant mom. The narrator, a sculptor, carves a marble statue and calls it "My Mother's Body." On seeing it, her mom involves face the problems they've got had of their courting and makes an attempt suicide. Sitting at her improving mother's bedside, the daughter relives her youth years of attempting to get with regards to her mom. The narrator recollects her early youngster years, while her mom remarried and taken a guy into their lives, scary very combined feelings yet eventually growing another barrier. fantastically and sensually evoked, this slender novel will locate its basic viewers between girl readers--although it may well offend the extra conservative. advised for all educational libraries and public libraries the place Drakulic's Holograms of worry ( LJ 5/1/92) was once popular.
- Ann Irvine, Montgomery Cty. P . L . , Md.
Copyright 1994 Reed enterprise info, Inc. --This textual content refers to an out of print or unavailable variation of this name.

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His fingers surround them, harder and harder, as if he wanted to tear them off. The band starts up again and we dance among the oleander once more. A distant street lamp illumi­ nates my naked breasts. The taste of his skin in my mouth is so bitter that I have to drink two glasses of water to rinse it out. When they came back to the table. I wanted to tell him something: that I had touched him, that I had tasted him. I did nothing but we shook hands and I held on to his longer than necessary. 35 MARBLE SKIN I thought I could still feel the imprint of her nipple on his palm.

Her words hung in the air, defining that specific space, 43 MA R B L E SKI N under the bath, damp, shadow, blindness, silence. Silence. Things you don’t talk about but which enchain you all the same. Carefully, with her fingertips, she stripped off my organdie dress - I would never again wear it as the stain never came out, even after she boiled it. She grabbed my arm, frightened I would dart away, that I would escape. ’ Even though for years I had been washing myself, I offered no resistance. I crouched in the bath.

I stand in the dark as the trickle runs down my thighs. I go to the bathroom. The water is so cold my teeth chatter. I am afraid that she will hear this unwel­ come noise and come and find me crouching in the bath, naked, transfixed . . I do not dry myself on a towel for fear of dirtying it. I take off my nightdress, 40 SLAVENKA DRAKULld) roll it into a ball and wedge it between my legs. I go back to bed taking care to avoid the wet patch. She wakes me at dawn. ‘You have sullied everything,’ she says.

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