A woman wants to kill her husband after
fourteen years of living together; this is
her clear and consistent intention. There is no concrete reason or valid cause for it; this intention is rather her own conclusion drawn from his despicable logic of the relationship. With a scientific and cold eye the first-person narrator portrays the form, situation, and structure of her intention, soberly dissects the course of their marriage, the injuries suffered, the manipulations, the ignorance. It is the senselessness of his life that has become unbearable over the years, that has lost all value in her eyes, so that she wants to end it with a fact by placing poison mushrooms in front of him. She is aware of the absurdity of such a story but apparently has no choice. Except that chance is the final conductor of the orchestra of life ...
Ana Bilić, born in Zagreb in 1962, has been working for twenty years as a freelance prose writer and playwright in Vienna. After completing law degrees in Zagreb and Vienna she has pursued an artistic career addressing themes in the realm of literature, poetry, and more recently also film. As a bilingual author, she also writes literary works in Croatian.
Among other works, her novel That Little Piece of Big Heaven was published by Hoffmann and Campe; in 2008 she won the exile literature prize; and her text “The Social Integration Contest” was performed in Vienna in the Volkstheater am Hundsturm.
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