The reader is transported back and forth in time and place between mysterious and wondrous tales of tigers, a deathless man, the tiger's wife, a bear hunter, a foreign apothecary, and a country torn apart by recurring wars. Peopled by both a sophisticated, liberal urban population and backwards, superstitious peasants, the former Yugoslavia is the home of diverse ethnic, religious groups, rich musical traditions, political unrest and the devastation of wars - from without and within. Told by a young woman doctor, granddaughter to a famous doctor who served his countrymen irrespective of the ethnic-religious divides, the reader is carried along an undulating journey into fact, fantasy, fear and love. At the end the reader wonders aloud - what is true and what is fiction? What is tale and what is history? And what will be the futures of the new nations that have emerged from the ashes that were?
And who was the tiger's wife?
An outstanding literary achievement brilliantly and engrossingly narrated.
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