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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  12 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Blending the naturalistic and the fabulistic, these elusive, delicate stories fold fable and fairy tale into the everyday, domestic settings of kitchen, garden, car. Women love, and lose, strange creatures they find by the garden gate; dream dogs are liberated from the icy prison of a fridge; bathrooms bloom into rainforests that souls can lose themselves in forever. Seemi ...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published April 1st 2019 by Parthian Books
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Kate Gardner
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These short stories all have female protagonists, often unnamed. While they have real-world settings, the tone is always slightly weird or off kilter. For instance, in the title story, Eleanora stumbles across a circus tent, and on entry finds herself the star of a very weird show with no audience. It’s a dark exploration of pain, psychology and blame, and it’s completely absorbing.

Then again, some of the stories go beyond reality altogether. In “Rainy day Joe”, the narrator finds a tiny man and
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David
Jul 03, 2020 rated it liked it
This collection of stories could be Cecelia Ahern's 'Roar' only with no punches pulled. It's brutal, bawdy and uncompromising. It isn't euphemistic, its central female characters are sketched well enough to be individuals which is no small thing given how short some of the tales are. There's also no telegraphing of political themes in these tales - they are not obvious, they have not been written to wrap around a point, or at least that point is not the usual one, and even if it is, it is given ...more
Ashleighaa
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bought this after an event on Slovak literature in Oxford. The author and one of the translators read out an extract from one of the stories and I was intrigued. Not the kind of stories I usually read but I really enjoyed them - though not sure ‘enjoyed’ is the right word for a lot of them!
The author worked in a crisis centre for abused women and was affected by what she heard there. She left and writes about women in similar situations who escape.
Terry Barlow
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Collection of Short Stories. The Night Circus. I Have Read Before. In a Collection of Slovak Author,s. Stories Cover Many Things. Lust, Death & Past Glories. You Must Have a Avid & Interesting Imagination for Some. Dwarf,s a Common Theme !. One thing for Sure. You are Never Bored.
My Favourite,s Would Be Travesty Show & Apricot. Well Worth Reading.
Danielle
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written surrealist or fable type stories by a young Slovakian writer.
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