Catherine the Great and the Small

Olja Knežević

Read by Heather Craney

Translated by Paula Gordon & Ellen Elias-Bursac

Spiracle Audiobooks & Istros Books


Extent: 8:33:00

Audiobook ISBN: SPI-E-IST-00001

RRP: £12

Publication date: 1 December 2023


Catherine’s trajectory in life is accompanied by failures in love, family traumas and an incredible romance with the handsome Siniša. The novel takes us through turbulent times in the Balkan region, from the eighties to the present day, portraying growing up in the twilight of Tito’s Yugoslavia, and giving intimate insights into all that happened to the region after that.

Carefully crafted characters and masterful, dynamic storytelling place Catherine the Great and the Small in the company of the very best novels, which speak about the reality of their geographic setting and are remembered for their convincing, strong, maladjusted characters. Catherine is certainly one of them: a powerful female voice seeking her place within her family, among friends, in the cities she lives in, and constructing her unique identity as a daughter, granddaughter, friend, mistress, wife and mother.

Published with Istros Books
Illustration: Jonathan Hodgson