Ballade for Emma depicts a life journey of a young woman of Jewish descent, who is caught up in the complex conditions of a turbulent 20th century and facing numerous obstacles in her struggle for survival and her undying love for a man she cannot have. The story of Emma is also the story of the old Trenck's Castle whose fate is miraculously intertwined with hers. Located in Croatia and partially in Hungary this tale brings a smashing testimony to the suffering and dramatic position of an individual, particularly a woman, in the periods of fascism and communism as the inhumane totalitarian regimes that had left a deep mark in recent European history.
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.