Creatures of Darkness
A long expected novel by Slađana Bukovac, Creatures of Darkness, is one of the most exciting and shocking novels written in Croatia during the last years.
Through main character, psychiatrist Pavel, who works in general hospital and receives patients like on conveyer, is being shown the reality that surrounds us in which live all those outcastes: disempowered, lost, transsexual, PTSP diagnosed persons with PTSP... The main hero himself gets ill, moreover, during the war he worked as a doctor on other, Serbian side, so today many ﬁnd him a traitor. Through his destiny and destiny of his patients, painfull story about post-war society is being narrated, about people who are, no matter if they’re rich or pour, famous like Dutch ambassador’s wife or entirely anonymous like ecologist trying to rescue animals, condemned to ﬁght and confront the past and future problems, with our without psychiatrist’s help. Creatures of Darkness won Fran Galović Prize 2009 for the best novel.
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