Alexandra Berková: Temna ljubezen

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Alexandra Berková
Temna ljubezen
Translated by Tatjana Jamnik
Afterword by Tatjana Jamnik
Language: Slovene
Number of pages: 168
Format (mm): 129x198
Published by KUD Police Dubove
Year of publication: 2012
Edition: Eho
ISBN 978-961-93382-1-6

Dark Love is a novella in three parts.
This is the most open excursion into the author’s private life so far. She has not abandoned the sound and well-tried weapons that are so typical of her style – sarcasm, an emphasis on the absurd sides of reality – or the distorted glass through which she looks. The individual sections of the text are handled in various ways (the hyperbolised metaphor of living with a partner, social allegory, a paraphrasing of Dante’s Divine Comedy, to mention a few instances only...). All three segments have one thing in common and that is the psychotherapeutic dialogue between the main character – the ageing narrator Kateřina – and her doctor.
In Czech literary circles, this book is often considered the best home-produced prose work of the past ten years.

Alexandra Berková (1949-2008), a novelist, journalist, author of TV screenplays and radio dramas.
The leading personality of contemporary Czech feminine literature.
Author of tales which cascade with emotion and concentrate largely on feminine themes. Her somewhat delayed first literary work (published in 1986) caused quite a stir among lovers of literature. For several years before her first book came out, she was enchanting audiences at venues throughout the country with her series of readings. When her Book with the Red Cover was finally published, it sold 60,000 copies immediately. Its readers already knew it very well...

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Book reviews:

  • Svet kulture. Radio Slovenija, 3. program Ars, 4. 12. 2012. By Vlado Motnikar.
  • Matej Krajnc, Robni zapisi. Literatura št. 1-2 (2013). 295.

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