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Author(s): Iva Gjurkin
Subject(s): Philosophy, Novel, Croatian Literature
Published by: Durieux
Keywords: novel; coming of age; Bildungsroman; indian philosophy; Buddhism.
Summary/Abstract: The translator and Indologist Iva Gjurkin wrote a novel Līlā, a story about the growing up of two friends. Gjurkin deftly meanders through their childhood and adolescence, touching upon the important points of maturing in order to speak about finding one's inner peace and content with one's self, through the Indian philosophy of play. The narration is steady and meticulous, without a lack or surplus. It is immersed in the social context of the late 20th century, and still focused on the important matter, with language sharp and precise. Gjurkin's novel is impeccably rounded, permeated by rich and deep Indian philosophy, with the relation of the absolute and the individual, so important for this novel, made available even to less curious readers. Iva Gjurkin graduated in Indian Languages and Literature, and Hungarian Language and Literature at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. She published essays and literary works in the magazines Scopus, Književna smotra, and Fantom slobode. She translated theroetical and literary tekst for the magazine Libra libera, and the books The Bourgeois: Between History and Literature by Franco Moretti (2015), What is Iconoclah?, From Realpolitik to Dingpolitik – or How to Make Things Public, and Reset Modernity! by Bruno Latour (2017), and Pamphlets of the Stanford Literary Lab, by Franco Moretti et al. (2018).

  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-953-188-472-3
  • Page Count: 208
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Language: Croatian