The Damned Yard, or Prokleta Avlija originally is a short book by Ivo Andrić, the literature Nobelist. I definitely wasn’t very excited when I saw this book on my school reading list. I never quite liked the concept of Andrić and found his work dull.
Needless to say, I was surprised when I really liked this short book. It was very gripping and filled with the most interesting stories of ordinary and nothing but ordinary people. I almost screamed when I stumbled upon one of my all-time favorite topics – The Borgias. The writing was exquisite and luxurious. I couldn’t stop reading and ended up finishing the book in less than 30 minutes.
The book tells the story of inhabitants of a prison called Prokleta Avlija – The Damned Yard. The characters are intriguing and have very vivid back-stories which obviously build their personalities.
In conclusion, I would recommend this book, so if it is unavoidable to read it do not be as presumptuous and prejudiced as me and simply dive into it.