« J'avais découvert posé sur le lit un petit dessin représentant une femme et un homme à tête de taureau. (...) Le dessin est brutal. Je le déteste. Je l'adore. Je ne m'en déferai jamais. (...) Sur ce dessin, c'était moi. Ni Olga, ni Marie-Thérèse, ni aucune autre de ses amantes de passage dont il ne se rappelait pas les noms. J'étais l'élue, j'étais la gagnante, j'étais marquée. J'étais à lui. »
Photographe renommée, figure prometteuse de l'avant-garde parisienne, amie intime des surréalistes André Breton et Man Ray, Dora Maar est une artiste accomplie et célébrée lorsqu'elle rencontre Pablo Picasso en 1936. Fascinée par le génie du peintre, elle rêve d'un compagnonnage artistique, d'une vie à deux faite d'amour et d'art.
Mais pour Picasso, le seul art qui compte est le sien, et leur relation ne sera pour lui qu'un matériau inépuisable pour sa propre créativité. Projetée en pleine lumière par son statut de muse, Dora Maar devient, sous les pinceaux de Picasso, une des femmes les plus scrutées de son temps, mais son art et son individualité resteront à jamais dans l'ombre du maître.
De leur histoire destructrice, elle sortira anéantie.
Dans ce journal intime fictif, Slavenka Drakulic dresse le portrait tragique d'une femme et artiste extraordinaire et offre une voix à celle qui en fut privée.
Biographie de l'autrice :
Slavenka Drakulic est une journaliste et écrivaine croate, dont les oeuvres sont traduites en une vingtaine de langues. Ses écrits (essais, romans ou articles) se concentrent sur la place de la femme, le corps féminin, la maladie et le traumatisme. Elle a reçu plusieurs prix, dont le prestigieux prix de la foire du livre de Leipzig « pour l'entente européenne ». Aujourd'hui éditrice et essayiste, elle collabore avec de nombreux magazines et revues internationaux.
Slavenka Drakulic attended the Serbian war crimes trial in the Hague. This important book is about how ordinary people commit terrible crimes in wartime. With extraordinary story-telling skill Drakulic draws us in to this difficult subject. We cannot turn away from her subject matter because her writing is so engaging, lively and compelling. From the monstrous Slobodan Milosevich and his evil Lady Macbeth of a wife to humble Serb soldiers who claim they were 'just obeying orders', Drakulic brilliantly enters the minds of the killers. There are also great stories of bravery and survival, both from those who helped Bosnians escape from the Serbs and from those who risked their lives to help them.
This is a story of hope and survival amidst the Balkan tragedy. S., a teacher in a Bosnian village, is 29 when war breaks out. One day a young Serbian soldier walks into her kitchen and tells her to pack her bag. She is taken to a concentration camp where there is a mysterious room. She soon finds out what it's for - the Serbs systematically rape their prisoners there. After some months S. finds out she is pregnant. She's devastated and resolves to have the baby aborted. However, when she's finally released it's too late and she when she's evacuated to Sweden she gives birth to the child. S. changes her mind about giving it up for adoption: she realises that it's not the child's fault that it was conceived in violence and that out of the act some good - this new life - can still come.
One autumn in New York, a young Polish poet, studying literature, and a Brazilian anthropologist researching a new book, meet, fall in love and move into a tiny apartment together. Tereza has a lover waiting for her in Poland, Jose a wife and child in Sao Paulo, and it would seem this could only be the most temporary of affairs. Yet there emerges the mesmerizingly explicit portrait of a relationship conducted at the extreme edge of sensuality, defying conventional definition. With no common language, exiled from their culture, for each of them the body of the other becomes everything: spirituality, sustenance, almost unbearable pleasure. Breathtakingly erotic, intensely physical, profoundly intelligent, THE TASTE OF A MAN pursues a path traced by a love based on pure appetite with shameless and unflinching candour, to its ecstatic and terrible conclusion.
Europe is still a divided continent. In the place of a fallen Berlin wall, there is a chasm between the East and the West. Are these differences a communist legacy, or do they run even deeper? What divides us today? To say simply that it is the understanding of the past, or a different concept of time, is not enough. But a visitor to this part of the world will soon discover that we, the Eastern Europeans, live in another time zone. We live in the twentieth century, but at the same time we inhabit a past full of myths and fairy tales, of blood and national belonging, and the fact that most people are lying and cheating or that they have the habit of blaming others for every failure...' An intimate tour of life on the streets of Budapest, Tirana, Warsaw and Zagreb, as those cities continue to acclimatise to the post-Communist thaw, Café Europa does not provide easy solutions or furnish political pallatives. Rather as a Croatian with a viewpoint of ever-widening relevance, the value of Slavenka Drakulic's wry and humane observations lie in the emotional force of their honesty and the clarity of their insight.....
A beautifully imagined story of the last days of Frida Kahlo?s life
A few days before Frida Kahlo?s death in 1954, she wrote in her diary, ?I hope the exit is joyful?and I hope never to return.? Diagnosed with polio at the age of six and plagued by illness and injury throughout her life, Kahlo?s chronic pain was a recurrent theme in her extraordinary art. In Frida?s Bed, Slavenka Drakulic' explores the inner life of one of the world?s most influential female artists, skillfully weaving Frida?s memories into descriptions of her paintings, producing a meditation on the nature of chronic pain and creativity. With an intriguing subject whose unusual life continues to fascinate, this poignant imagining of Kahlo?s thoughts during her final hours by another daringly original and uncompromising creative talent will attract readers of literary fiction and art lovers alike.
"S. may very well be one of the strongest books about war you will ever read. . . .The writing is taut, precise, and masterful."
Set in 1992, during the height of the Bosnian war, S. reveals one of the most horrifying aspects of any war: the rape and torture of civilian women by occupying forces. S. is the story of a Bosnian woman in exile who has just given birth to an unwanted child--one without a country, a name, a father, or a language. Its birth only reminds her of an even more grueling experience: being repeatedly raped by Serbian soldiers in the "women's room" of a prison camp. Through a series of flashbacks, S. relives the unspeakable crimes she has endured, and in telling her story--timely, strangely compelling, and ultimately about survival--depicts the darkest side of human nature during wartime.