They had grown together
like trees, trunks intertwined,
bark melting into bark.
They had been sisters
in the warm corner behind the tiled stove,
their bodies crammed into a space too small,
their hair mingling,
and their hands holding the book:
interrupting each other
and growing louder,
each other out.
Tendrils was reviewed by Julia Korbik, author of Stand Up. Feminismus für Anfänger und Fortgeschrittene (Stand Up. Feminism for Beginners and Advanced Learners).
Zuzi in particular is fighting the battle for self-determination, to no longer to be a projection of those who yearn after her; to portray herself, rather than be portrayed. Alena tells her, ‘There’s something about you which can’t be softened. (…) Something which can’t be smoothed out with brush strokes’. At the same time, the story of a country’s emancipation is being told: the Czech Republic. Ochre and Tomàš experienced and took part in the Velvet Revolution in 1989. Zuzi and Alena grew up in post-Soviet Czech Republic, but they are not unaffected by the past.
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