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Anthropologist Jasmina Praprotnik met Helena Zigon while running. Over the course of an icy Slovenian winter, the two marathon runners got together frequently, and Zigon told Praprotnik about her life. Here, Praprotnik tells Zigon’s captivating story in Zigon’s own voice. Each chapter is marked by a kilometer of the half-marathon Zigon ran along the Adriatic Sea on her eighty-sixth birthday, shortly after losing her husband of sixty years, Stane.

Zigon’s life spanned most of the twentieth century. She witnessed the Second World War, the rise and fall of Yugoslavia, and the founding of the new state of Slovenia. Abandoned by her parents and having grown up poor and mistreated by her stepmother, Zigon demonstrates the stoic resilience of a long-suffering Slavic woman. Though beset with challenges, she found a source of strength in the act of running. From a young girl running errands to an old woman running in the face of new grief, running has been a bright thread braided throughout her life. It has served her as a balm and a joy—one that she is grateful to still be able to savor. This inspirational memoir will appeal to general readers, especially those interested in history and running.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. At the Starting Line
  2. pp. ix-2
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  1. 1. Each Step Counts
  2. pp. 3-10
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  1. 2. But Where Are You, Girls?
  2. pp. 11-16
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  1. 3. The Slope of Love
  2. pp. 17-26
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  1. 4. In Search of a Safe Home
  2. pp. 27-34
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  1. 5. The Letter
  2. pp. 35-44
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  1. 6. Helena, Is That You?
  2. pp. 45-52
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  1. 7. Will You Embrace Her When You Meet?
  2. pp. 53-58
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  1. 8. How Strange Life Turns Out!
  2. pp. 59-66
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  1. 9. The Path to Jail
  2. pp. 67-72
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  1. 10. Moving out
  2. pp. 73-78
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  1. 11. May I Ask for the Next Dance, Comrade?
  2. pp. 79-95
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. 96-108
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  1. 12. Three Girls on a Bicycle
  2. pp. 109-118
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  1. 13. My Mother-in-Law’s Gift
  2. pp. 119-128
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  1. 14. Helena, Think About Something Nice!
  2. pp. 129-134
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  1. 15. To Ride! to Be Free!
  2. pp. 135-142
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  1. 16. Supper Under the White Lady
  2. pp. 143-148
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  1. 17. With Such Pleasure and Determinationas If I Were Running for the Last Time
  2. pp. 149-154
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  1. 18. To Have Time for Yourself
  2. pp. 155-160
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  1. 19. A Little More
  2. pp. 161-164
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  1. 20. I Can’t Do It Anymore
  2. pp. 165-166
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  1. 21. Where Is My Last Harbor?
  2. pp. 167-170
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  1. The Finish Line
  2. pp. 171-172
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  1. About How This Book Was Born
  2. pp. 173-176
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  1. Thanks
  2. p. 177
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781609092313
Related ISBN
9780875807737
MARC Record
OCLC
1006529337
Pages
193
Launched on MUSE
2017-11-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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