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Dry Season
Dry Season

Dry Season

By Gabriela Babnik, Translated by Rawley Graw


216 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $21.95)

Publication Date: January 2016

ISBN 9781908236265

Rights: US, CA, SAM & CAR

Istros Books (Jan 2016)

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breaks the mould of what we usually expect from a writer from a small, Central European nation. With a global perspective, Babnik takes on the themes of racism, the role of women in modern society and the loneliness of the human condition. - See more at: a global perspective, this novel takes on themes of racism, the role of women in modern society, and the loneliness of the human condition

Dry Season is a record of an unusual love affair. Anna is a 62-year-old designer from Central Europe and Ismael is a 27-year-old African who was brought up on the street, where he was often the victim of abuse. What unites them is the loneliness of their bodies, a tragic childhood, and the dry season, or "Harmattan," during which neither nature nor love is able to flourish. She soon realizes that the emptiness between them is not really caused by their skin color and age difference, but predominantly by her belonging to the Western culture in which she has lost or abandoned all the preordained roles of daughter, wife, and mother. Sex does not outstrip the loneliness, and repressed secrets from the past surface into a world she sees as much crueler and, at the same time, more innocent than her own. Cleverly written as an alternating narrative of both sides in the relationship, the novel is interlaced with magic realism and accurately perceived fragments of African political reality.


"Set against the backdrop of the harmattan, the dry season in West Africa, this novel  is a must read for anyone who enjoys brilliant literary writing with strong and intense characters." â€â€Melissa Back, author, The Book Binder's Daughter

Author Biography

Gabriela Babnik studied at Ljubljana University and spent time in Nigeria before working on a master's degree on the modern Nigerian novel. Since 2002, she has regularly contributed articles to all major daily and weekly publications in Slovenia. In 2005, Babnik graduated in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Ljubljana. She is the author of Cotton Skin, which was awarded the Best Debut Novel by the Union of Slovenian Publishers at the Slovenian Book Fair, and In the Tall Grass, which was shortlisted for the Kresnik Award in 2010.