The Tiger’s Wife ~ Tea Obreht

Set in “the Balkans”, this is a novel filled with fables and fantasies, allegories and mysteries, remembrances and family legends. Natalia Stefanovic, a young doctor, is the principal character here. Through the stories her grandfather tells her, we learn the family history, and by extension, the troubled history of the Balkans. The metaphors for Yugoslavia are quite powerful, but the narrative itself is too disjointed for my tastes, although the individual tales within have a stylish charm.

Everything necessary to understand my grandfather lies between two stories: the story of the tiger’s wife, and the story of the deathless man. These stories run like secret rivers through all the other stories of his life…

As Natalia travels across the border with fellow doctor Zora to give aid to orphans, she learns of her grandfather’s death in a village neither she nor her family had even heard of. She makes a side-trip to retrieve her grandfather’s personal effects and unravel the mysteries that he had tantalized her with his entire life. Obreht has penned an anti-war novel of some note, but it is too diluted to be remembered in that way. A shame.

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