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Dry Season

3.31  ·  Rating Details ·  16 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Gabriela Babnik’s novel Dry Season breaks the mold of what we usually expect from a writer from a small, Central European nation. 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 Ism
Paperback, 216 pages
Published November 2015 by Istros Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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I have to admit that before I read this book I really knew nothing about the small West African nation of Burkina Faso. The setting alone of this story in this small and politically volatile country taught me so many things, but the book as a whole is also a fantastic read.

From all outward appearances, the two main characters of this story could not be more different. Anna is a 62-year-old white woman from Slovenia who has had a successful career as a textile artist. Ismael is a 27-year-old blac
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Jan 02, 2016 Kelsi H rated it really liked it
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Burkino Faso is an unusual setting for a writer from Central Europe, but the unexpectedness adds another layer to the story. Ana, a Slovenian woman in her 60s, travels to the small African nation and begins an affair with 27-year-old Ismael. They are united by loneliness and tragic pasts, filled with both emotional and physical abuse. Ana’s world is in the west, yet she has essentially rejected it – she prefers to embrace I
Chelsea Mcgill
Mar 20, 2016 Chelsea Mcgill rated it it was amazing
Ana, a 62-year-old graphic designer from Slovenia, has run away to a completely foreign place – Burkina Faso. There she meets Ismael, a 27-year-old former street kid with a history of abuse, and they begin a relationship despite – or perhaps because of - their differences. As Ana and Ismael take turns telling us, the readers, about their complex and pain-filled lives, we wander with them further into the dream captivating them.

This novel plays with the stereotypes of the old white woman in Afric
Sedela je, na modrem fotelju, pod veliko svetilko. "Njeni lasje iz opečnate prsti, ki dela črno celino, so obsipavali mlečni obraz polne lune." "Why Africa?" je vprašal nekdo. "It's not a coincidence," je rekla. In jaz sem mislila. Because it makes me shiver. Or is it his touch somewhat still hanging over my white skin?

"Literatura mora govoriti o neizgovorljivem vsakdanjem življenju," je razpletala dalje. In jaz sem mislila, kako sem "à moitié folle grâce à lui." In še naprej se mi je mravljinč
Nov 10, 2015 TheLlamaReads rated it it was ok
I didn't like this to start with, but it grew on me. As soon as I became more confident that this wasn't a conventional tale, and that the narrator was self-consciously unreliable, I could overcome more of the cliches and assertions of the European-Woman-in-Africa narrative. The sights and sounds of Burkina Faso came through, as did the challenge and difficulties and self-obsession of life. At an event I went to recently others loved this and commended it's complexity, subtlety and I think ...more
JM Schreiber
Jan 05, 2016 JM Schreiber rated it it was amazing
Challenging, original and rewarding. This tale of a love affair between a 62 year-old Slovenian woman and a 27 year-old black man set in Burkina Faso blends metafiction and magical realism to weave a complex narrative that explores the deep secrets and intense loneliness that pulls unlikely lovers together. In the end, it is not certain that either will find what they long for in each others arms.
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