Croatia reading list for young kids
Beija was six when we went to Croatia so these books are on the young side. Beija developed quite a Nicola Tesla obsession after reading this book with me. She became very angry with Thomas Edison and I think she is still harboring a bit of a grudge. The Marco Polo book would make sense if you are visiting the island of Korcula where he is said to have been born. There is such a long history of transitions of power in Croatia that anything on the Greeks, Romans, Hungarians, Austrians, Ottomans, Germans, etc. could be relevant.
Croatia READING LIST FOR THE GROWNUPS OR very ADVANCED KIDS
Téa Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife is one of my favorite books of all time. Téa was born in Belgrade, former Yugoslavia and I think it is both amazing and completely unfair that she wrote this book when she was in her early 20s. Aren’t you supposed to suffer a little before your art is recognized? The book is a beautiful narrative back and forth in time with lots of semi-magical thinking going on. It gave me a deep understanding of the impacts of the Balkan conflicts on people’s psyches. She calls out Gabriel García Márquez as an inspiration. I can feel that running through her book. Running Away to Home was interesting and enlightening. I’d recommend reading it if you are going to Croatia, but maybe not otherwise.
Did you read any great books about Croatia or the Balkans?