Ballad for Emma depicts the life journey of a woman of Jewish descent who, amid the turmoil of the twentieth century, struggles both to survive and to cope with her love for a man she cannot have. Her story dovetails with that of the old Trenck’s Castle, whose fate is miraculously intertwined with hers. Set in Croatia and Hungary, this book explores the dramatic position of one woman under the fascist and communist regimes that left such bloody marks on Europe.
About the Author
Croatian-born Blanka Raguz holds a bachelor of fine arts from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Although she has long been a resident of New York, she maintains a lifelong interest in Croatia’s cultural heritage and history. Ballad for Emma is her second novel.