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.
Original title: Balerina, balerina
Edition: Dalkey Archive Press
Price: 12,00 EUR
Ballerina, Ballerina is a painful and poetic reconstruction of its narrator's fractured worldview . . . in both the details of her family life and the bits of the mass-media reality that flow beyond the boundaries of her backyard . . . [she] is unreliable, disoriented, atemporal.
Vladislava Gordić Petković