Tena Štivičić’s 3 Winters is set in Croatia between 1945 and 2011; from the remnants of monarchy to Communism, democracy, war and the EU, as the Kos family argue, adapt, fall in and out of love.
World after world is erected and torn down around them. The one constant is the ivy-clad house in Zagreb, built by aristocrats, partitioned, owned by all, owned by a few; witness to four increasingly educated and independent generations of women.
But when the family assemble for Lucia’s wedding, Alisa learns that her nouveau-riche brother-in-law has bought the once nationalized house. For the bride this is progress, for her sister it’s a shady act of greed. For their principled parents, finally, it’s one battle too many.
Against a country in turmoil, Štivičić’s 3 Winters creates the portrait of an eclectic family, held together by the courage to survive.
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