A Partisan’s DaughterOctober 29th, 2008 - 10:13 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
A Partisan’s Daughter by Louis de Bernières, a British novelist and well known for his book Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. In 1993, de Bernières was selected as one of the 20 Best of Young British Novelists, part of a promotion in Granta magazine. Louis fourth novel, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, was published in the following year, winning the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book.It was also shortlisted for the 1994 Sunday Express Book of the Year and had been translated into over 11 languages and also included in an international bestseller.This year, he was awarded for an Honorary Doctorate in the Arts by the De Montfort University in Leicester, which he had previously attended when it was known as Leicester Polytechnic.
The novel which includes a love story described as funny, sweet and heartbreakingly sad. Based on a relationship between a young Yugoslavian woman and a middle-aged English man around the time of Tito’s demise. A Yugoslavian girl named Roza, who recently shifts to London, and is the daughter of one of Tito’s partisans. Roza, is in her twenties and has already lived a life filled with danger, misadventure, romance, and tragedy. Although she’s not a prostitute ,but when she’s propositioned by Chris, she gets into his car.
Chris is bored, lonely, trapped in a loveless, sexless marriage. Chris is his forties, a stranger inside the youth culture of London in the late 70’s, and also a stranger to himself on the night he invites a Roza into his car, thinking she is a prostitute.
It is all based on, their unlikely love—narrated moment and in recollection.
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