Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Maja Hrgovic - Zlatka
But I remain convinced that there is space there for an author to come along and do something exhilerating in this field. I have today been reading a sneak preview of the forthcoming Granta 115 which is entitled The F Word and is all about feminism in the 21st Century. Not a subject that one would necesarily consider natural ground for writing about happiness. But I came accross a wonderful piece by a Croatian author, Maja Hrgovic, which confirmed again for me the belief that writing about the positives in life can, when done well, be a transcendent experience. There is a passage, when the narrator is with a new friend at a club, which particularly stood out.
"The people around us were just a moving background, extras in a movie starring Zlatka and me. I got carried away. At moments I felt rapture, thick and saturated, clotting in me, somewhere in my lungs, in my oesophagus – I had to open my mouth wide and yell into the noise, anything, just to let it, this something, come out of me."
Fantastic prose. It's a fantastic piece that I enjoyed thoroughly. I look forward to reading more from Maja Hrgovic in the near future.