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Sinopsis: Fiction. Women's Studies. Translated from the Slovak by Julia and Peter Sherwood. ILONA: MY LIFE WITH THE BARD is a fictionalized biography of Ilona Nováková (1856- 1932), wife of Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav (1849-1921), one of Slovakia's most revered poets. By reconstructing the minutiae of Ilona's everyday domestic routines and envisioning her thought processes, Jana Juráňová paints a vivid and subtly ironic portrait of a woman who spent her life in the shadow of her husband. Juráňová debunks the myth of the great artist, showing instead a vain and self-centred man, unwilling to take criticism and oblivious of his wife's needs. Wittily recreating or imagining Hviezdoslav's real-life encounters with fellow writers and literary scholars—based on careful research in historical and literary sources—Jana Juráňová weaves a rich tapestry of cultural, social and political life in fin-de-siècle Slovakia.
"Beginning in reverie and a nostalgic glance back at the protagonist's early life and dreams, Jana Juráňová's ILONA: MY LIFE WITH THE BARD subtly shifts to a tone of gentle and increasingly piercing irony towards Slovakia's national poet, with moments of almost nightmarish confinement, as it becomes clear that there was a heartlessness at the very heart of the burgeoning national liberation movements taking place throughout Central Europe, for they blatantly didn't include half of the people they claimed to unshackle. Yet Ilona's tenderness toward her husband, the loving eye with which she views the surrounding landscape and her determined if often uncertain attempts to insist on the significance of her life keep bitterness at bay."—Michael Stein
About the Author: Jana Juráňová is an acclaimed Slovak writer, playwright, essayist, translator and publisher. She graduated in English and Russian language and literature and then worked as literary advisor to the Trnava Theatre, later becoming an editor of the literary magazine Slovenské pohľady and freelance contributor to Radio Free Europe. In 1993 she co-founded the feminist educational and publishing project ASPEKT, which she still coordinates, as well as being one of the editors of ASPEKT publications, the Aspekt journal (1993-2004) and many books. She lives in Bratislava. Juráňová has written plays (a monodrama, Salome, 1989, and a play, Silver Bowls, Beautiful Vessels, 1997), children's books (She is just a Babe, 1999, Babette Goes Out Into the World, 2003, Bubbles, 2002, Witches from the New Village, 2006) as well as short stories (Menagerie, 1994). Her longer fiction includes the collection Nets (1996) as well as novels: the feminist detective story The Suffering of the Old Tomcat (2000, also in Hungarian in 2005) and Beadswomen (2006), which was nominated for the Anasoft Litera Award and received the Bibliotéka award for women's fiction in 2006. My Life with Hviezdoslav (2008) was shortlisted for the 2009 Anasoft Litera Award for original Slovak fiction. Several of Juráňová's short stories have appeared in German, English, Hungarian, Polish, Czech, and Norwegian translations. Her novella Dressed in a Net was published in Austria in 2003 (Wieser Verlag). Jana Juráňová's translations from English include Virginia Woolf's Three Guineas, Gender Trouble by Judith Butler as well as books by Margaret Atwood and Jeanette Winterson.
Título: Ilona: My Life With the Bard
Editorial: Calypso Edition
Año de publicación: 2014
Condición del libro: Brand New
Descripción Calypso Editions, 2014. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0988790351