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Branka Čubrilo

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At the age of eighteen Branka Čubrilo wrote her first novel I Knew Jane Eyre, which won the Yugoslavian Young Writers Award in 1982. Soon after she wrote a sequel called Looking for Jane Eyre.

In 1999 Branka published the book Fiume Corre – Rijeka Tece, a year later Requiem for Barbara and in 2001 Little Lies – Big Lies (as a part of a trilogy called Spanish Stories for which she obtained a scholarship from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to research the cultural and historical settings of Cadiz in Andalusia).

The Lonely Poet and Other Stories is Branka’s third book published in English by Speaking Volumes, following her earlier novels The Mosaic of the Broken Soul (2011) and Fiume – The Lost River (2014). Branka’s latest novel Dethroned will be published with the same publisher in 2017.

Branka has been living in Sydney with her daughter Althea since 1992.

Now she predominantly writes in English and translates her earlier works in English.

Praise for Branka Cubrilo

5-Star Reviews on Amazon.com

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The Stuff of Literature
July 30, 2013
By Caleb Pirtle, Author, Film-maker
"I was stunned when I read Branka Cubrilo's "The Mosaic of the Broken Soul." I had read her short stories and was quite impressed with her literary talents. However, I thought that Mosaic was probably a woman's book, which would not interest me in the least. I was wrong. The novel is an ode to humanity and those problems both large and small that do indeed become the mosaic of our lives. I felt as though I was reading about someone I truly cared about, and maybe it was because I really did care about a woman facing the toughest tests that can ever confront anyone: the lump in her breast, the black pearl that may take her life, the lost loves she has experienced, the hope that springs eternal, the determination to fight to the end no matter what the end may be. No one captures the passion, the spirit, and the resilience of the human soul like Branka Cubrilo. Some novelists write prose. Branka writes literature. Her story sings. It makes you cry. It makes you worry. You understand what fear is all about when it grips your heart during the darkest of hours. It gives you hope even when hope seems like an impossible place to find. With "The Mosaic of the Broken Soul," Branka Cubrilo has established herself as one of the most important writers of her generation, a generation that is indeed fortunate to have her."

"Branka's writing is elegant and penetrative."
—Penelope Plunket

"Exquisitely well-crafted, The Mosaic Of The Broken Soul is a highly-rewarding literary jewel. Chronicling one brave soul’s harrowing journey on the road to self-discovery, author Branka Cubrilo’s moving offering is equally heart-rending and uplifting. Touching on such delicate themes as motherhood, friendship, grief, loss, and surviving breast cancer, The Mosaic Of The Broken Soul takes the reader on an emotional, passion-filled roller coaster ride through the unfettered depths of the human soul—reassuring us all that even the darkest and longest of tunnels still has light at the end.

An insightful, brutally honest slice of unbridled humanity. Highly recommended."
Apex Reviews

Authors Showcase features the inspirational works of Branka Cubrilo and Beca Lewis
June 25, 2013, Caleb Pirtle III

Review by Morgan Drake: Exquisitely well-crafted, The Mosaic Of The Broken Soul is a highly-rewarding literary jewel. Chronicling one brave soul’s harrowing journey on the road to self-discovery, author Branka Cubrilo’s moving offering is equally heart-rending and uplifting. Touching on such delicate themes as motherhood, friendship, grief, loss, and surviving breast cancer, The Mosaic Of The Broken Soul takes the reader on an emotional, passion-filled roller coaster ride through the unfettered depths of the human soul—reassuring us all that even the darkest and longest of tunnels still has light at the end.

An insightful, brutally honest slice of unbridled humanity. Highly recommended.

Review by Jennifer Perry: Forget what you know, what you’ve read, any other story of or by a woman dealing with cancer, recovery, pain, loss, betrayal and hurt. Branka Cubrilo skips the traditional, chronological one or two dimensional memoir, replacing it with a mosaic of precious images weaving a tapestry of the narrator’s life and soul.

The Mosaic Of The Broken Soul is a breathtakingly beautiful work, nuanced and compelling, engaging with layers of discovery, self-awareness, introspection, pain and healing. It is how we come to terms with our selves, our history, desire for wholeness and peace. It is beautiful. - See more