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Catherine, Great and Small

Olja Knežević
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Olja Knežević

Catherine, Great and Small

Young Catherine is growing up with her grandmother, who organizes her childhood in Titograd in the eightees after her mother and father have left. The authorithy of the elderly Montenegrian prepares her for the ups and downs in this witty story. Her cleverness and skills in selling ice cream on the streets prepares the high school student for the upcoming years when she is going to finance her studies on her own. The Belgrade period, in which she starts independant life, coincides with the disintegration of Yugoslavia. The collapse of the society in which Katarina finds herself and her first serious identity crisis, are skillfully linked by the author into a series of tragicomic complications. The novel has been adapted for the radio version at:

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