It was an exceptional evening with the author and actress Nadja Poderegin, hosted by the Serbian Council of Great Britain and the Serbian Library in London, on 26th May 2016.
The launch of the new book ‘The Victims and the Fools’ attracted a full audience, of British and Serbs, at the Serbian Embassy in London, where event was held, in presence of HE Dr Ognjen Pribicevic. Although the book is based on a love story, the author drew a bigger picture of the post war era in Yugoslavia through the personal stories of each character.
Nadja was born in Serbia, but after her marriage she moved to London. Under the stage name Nadja Regin, she has appeared in more than forty films and television plays in Yugoslavia, Germany, England, Austria and New Zealand, including two James Bond films (Gold Finger and From Russia with Love). Later she worked as a script editor, founded Honeyglen Publishing with her sister Jelena, specialising in the philosophy of history, belles lettres, biography and some fiction. Nadja has also translated her mother’s book, Svitanje, from Serbo-Croat into English (as The Dawning), which was published in Yugoslavia, Great Britain, the USA, Canada and in France (as Le Point du Jour) to great acclaim. At present Nadja is completing her memoirs, Recollections, an extract of which has been published in the journal Politika.
Nadja’s novel, The Victims and the Fools, was published in March 2016 and is available as ebook edition exclusively from BearManor Media: http://www.bearmanormedia.com/the-victims-and-the-fools-ebook-edition-by-nadja-poderegin.
The Victims and the Fools
Can a war-torn romance between an idealistic poet and a beautiful dancer survive the ravages of World War II and the crushed aftermath of Communist-led Yugoslavia?
The tempestuous love story of Marko Bozdan and Maria Maric rekindles during a brief but passionate reunion in London in the 1970s. Disillusioned by the dehumanizing cruelty of war and a twisting trail of death and destruction, Marko finds renewed faith in his overwhelming love and compassion for the dancer, whose complex psyche, distorted by traumatic memories, renders her incapable of deep emotions.
The storyline unfolds against a backdrop of collapsing civilisations and conflicting ideologies underlying the turbulent historical context.