Téa Obreht

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  • Literature

Arizona, around 1890. Nora’s farm is threatened by drought and powerful cattle ranchers, and recently, according to her little son Toby, by a monstrous animal that roams outside. Her husband has been gone for days, the older sons have been riding away in quarrel, the well house has been broken into. But Nora still has other exams ahead of her. One of them becomes Lurie, son of Ottoman immigrants and Outlaw.

Herzland retells the American founding myth – the settler era in all its hardship and at the same time a dazzling, unknown Wild West in which the conflicts of today’s America are already apparent.

Téa Obreht is considered one of the most important young voices in international literature. Born in Belgrade in 1985, she has lived in the USA since she was twelve years old. Her debut album Die Tigerfrau (2011) appeared in over thirty languages and was nominated for the National Book Award.

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