Durieux, 2013, 176 pages
•30-pages excerpt available in English
Translation rights sold: Greece (Kastaniotis), Slovenia (Apokalipsa)
Harmattan is a novel about a young Nigerian emigrant Uhunoma who, after a couple of years spent strayed across the Old Continent in search of a better life, ends up in a German prison somewhere in Bavaria for not having valid documents required for staying in the territory of the EU. In prison, she meets women from around the world, each carrying their own burden of remorse, bitterness and frustration with being imprisoned.
Third book, and first novel by the young Croatian author Ivan Sršen brings an elaborate story about destinies of emigrant and immigrant women in contemporary Europe. The novel got its title, Harmattan, from a very dry wind that blows in West Africa by winter and brings large amounts of sand from Sahara. In the Bavarian prison, the protagonist Uhunoma meets a number of imprisoned women, each of them having a dramatic story to tell.