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New book: Escape From Despair - A Croatian Family's Survival
By Marko Puljić | Published  09/19/2007 | Friends , Culture And Arts , Croatian Life Stories | Unrated
New book from Croatian-American author


"Escape from Despair: A Croatian Family's Survival" is a memoir, set among Croatia's working-class during the communist era. This brutal and complex story depicts lives hemmed in by poverty and sexual abuse.

Bozena, an obedient, religious wife and her husband, Ivan, a violent alcoholic, struggle to survive with six children under the dictatorship of former Communist Yugoslavia. Dealing with hunger and sickness as part of their daily life, the children and Bozena manage to escape from Ivan. Unable to find a job and to make ends meet on a minimal income, the family is forced to deal with the black market and to escape from their bureaucratic country.

Thrilled and deeply grateful to finally reach America, the family has difficulty coping with the trauma of their past.

The author, Katarina Tepesh, is one ofthe six children.

The book is available at Amazon.com and is partially available online at www.tepeshbooks.com. Katarina Tepesh's official website is at www.katarinatepesh.com.



Katarina Tepesh rođena je 1950. na granici Slovenije i Hrvatske kao jedno od šestero djece hrvatskih roditelja. U New Yorku, gdje živi, piše intervjue, članke u ženskim časopisima, filmskim i književnim revijama, a povremeno prati i sportske događaje, tenis i New York City marathon. Njena knjiga Escape from Despair: A Croatian Family's Survival počinje kratkim pričama i člancima već objavljenim u malo drukčijoj verziji: "Anica, a Mail Order Bride from Croatia" / Anica, hrvatska "poštom naručena" nevjesta objavljena je na www.Croatia.org, "Babin Kuk" u Caprice magazinu; "Meeting A Millionaire/Susret s milijunašem u novinama The American Home esej "Father's Funeral/Očev sprovod i Raped by an Angel/ Silovana od jednog anđela objavljene su na www.QuietMountainEssays.com; među još nekim Katarininim esejima i člancima. "Yearning for Freedom in a Land of the Free"/ Žudjeti za slobodom u zemlji slobodnih u The Tapestry magazinu; Celebrating Women's History Month/ Slaveći mjesec ženske povijesti i Mother's Day/ Majčin dan u Great South Bay Magazineu, u novinama American Home. Knjiga spisateljice Tepesh "Bijeg iz očaja: Opstanak jedne hrvatske obitelji", izdana u Americi na engleskome jeziku, istinita je priča koja prati članove hrvatske radničke obitelji tijekom razdoblja komunizma. Kompleksnom pričom, s autobiografskom podlogom, autorica podastire čitatelju crtice iz života u kojem se isprepliću siromaštvo i zlostavljanje, uključujući i ono seksualno. Njeni protagonisti; Božena, poslušna i pobožna supruga, i njen suprug Ivan, nasilni alkoholičar, u bivšoj Jugoslaviji bore se za opstanak sa svoje šestoro djece. Iz Zagorja, gdje žive podnoseći glad i bolest kao dio svakodnevice, djeca i Božena uspijevaju pobjeći od oca i supruga u Samobor. Bez posla i iz mjeseca u mjesec jedva spajajući kraj s krajem, obitelj je prisiljena raditi na crno a najstariji sin pokušava dramatični bijeg preko granice. Bijeg iz zemlje za obitelj je jedina nada. Uspijevaju otići i oduševljeni su Amerikom u kojoj nalaze svoje mjesto pod suncem, ali i dalje ih muče traume iz prošlosti.
Osim ove knjige, Katarina Tepesh se predstavila čitateljima u Americi i zanimljivim napisima kao što su: "A Walking Tour of Croatian History in New York," "Andrew Bogut Interview," "Two Players from the Bench," "American Scream and Palindrome," "Neither Red Nor Dead: Coming of Age in Former Yugoslavia," "V-Day, Stop Violence Against Women" i mnogim drugima koji su se pojavljivali na www.Croatia.org; "Woman Who Make a Difference" on www.matis.hr Katarina Tepesh je članica The International Women's Writing Guilda www.iwwg.org, također i Storytellers International Toastmasters Cluba i suradnica Croatian Book Cluba.
Newyorčanka Katarina Tepesh često radi za jednu neprofitnu organizaciju, a volontira i u zajednici, uživa u putovanjima i kulturnim događanjima. Naša nadarena i vrlo uspješna sunarodnjakinja redovito prati web portal Hrvatske matice iseljenika, a njena knjiga moći će se u studenome vidjeti na Matičinu štandu 30. zagrebačkog Interlibera.

Izvor: http://www.matis.hr/vijesti.php?id=1104

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