Hotel Nowhere

Hotel Nowhere

Ivana Bodrozic

The girl is nine years old when she is sent to the seaside in the summer of 1991 – but the holiday turns into a timely escape, because war breaks out in her hometown of Vukovar while she’s away. And her father has disappeared without trace...

The voice of the young narrator is deft and engaging as she unfolds the story of the life that follows in a refugee camp where She will spend the next six years together with her mother and brother. Their living quarters might be cramped, and each of the exiles in the camp has suffered their own trauma, but at least there’s always company and life is never dull. Here the girl makes new friends and lives through the vicissitudes of puberty – from her first kiss to her first drink and the inevitable hangover. She also has to contend with the worries of her mother, a woman who never allows her proud standards to slip. And every day she hopes to hear someone bring her the news that she so longs to hear – that her father is still alive.

Foreign Sales

UK/USA (Seven Stories), CZ (Paseka), Denmark (Tiderne Skifter), France (Actes Sud), Italy (Sellerio), Macedonia (Magor), Serbia (Rende), Slovenia (Modrijan), Turkey (Aylak Adam)

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