This is the second time I have read this book from front to back. I read it for the first time when I was 11. At the time I recognised the Slavic motifs present, but did not understand the actual story...but it has continued to haunt me, so I decided to read it again. I found the story to be relatable in many ways. However, it did not really appeal to me. It seemed too autobiographical- nothing new or original (it reminded me too much of dialogues with relatives). It should be taken into account that it's not an easy task to write an authentic, readable story with so much folklore and motifs woven into it. Having said this, Ugresic is definitely an author whose other works I will read.