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Dry Season


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Dry Season by Babnik Gabriela
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With a global perspective, Babnik takes on the themes of racism, the role of women in modern society and the loneliness of the human condition. Dry Season is a record of an unusual love affair. Anna is a 62-year-old designer from Slovenia and Ismael, a 27-year-old man from Burkino Faso who has grownup on the street, often the victim of abuse. What unites them is the loneliness of their bodies, a tragic childhood and the hamartan dry season, during which neither nature nor love is able to flourish. Anna soon realizes that the emptiness between them is not really caused by their skin colour and age difference, but predominantly by her belonging to the Western culture in which she has lost or abandoned all the preordained roles of daughter, wife and mother. Sex does not outstrip the loneliness and repressed secrets from the past surface into a world she relsies ismuch crueller than she thought and, at the same time, more innocent than her own. Cleverly written as an alternating narrative of both sides in the relationship, the novel is interlaced with magic realism.

Author Biography

Gabriela Babnik was born in 1979 in Goppingen, Germany. After finishing her studies at Ljubljana University, she spent some time in Nigeria before working on a master's degree on the modern Nigerian novel. Since 2002, she has regularly contributed articles to all major daily and weekly publications in Slovenia. In 2005, Babnik graduated in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Ljubljana. Her first novel, 'Cotton Skin' was published in 2007 and was awarded the Best Debut Novel by the Union of Slovenian Publishers at the Slovenian Book Fair. In 2009, her second novel 'In the Tall Grass' was published, which was shortlisted for the Kresnik Award in 2010.
Release date NZ
November 1st, 2015
Translated by Rawley Grau
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
black & white illustrations
Istros Books
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