"First Printing 1989" stated on copyright page; "A Portrait of Women in a Yugoslav Village"; autographed by author "Eva" on half-title page; Rainier Books publishers, Kirkland, WA; softbound; very good condition with unmarked pages.
Carrying the Farm on Her Back is an intimate portrait of three generations of Croatian women working and celebrating as women have for centuries in the mountain villages of the Balkans. Westerlind's text, which is woven from the women's own words, and her photographs, which capture the rhythm of their days, combine to make a moving statement about strength, hope and the bonds of work and tradition.
This fine work gives readers a glimpse of rural isolated Croatian farm villages. Often in these villages the men migrate for industrial work in towns, while the women maintain the farms alone. Westerlind, a social anthropologist who spent several years in Yugslavia, uses the women's own words to show how they manage to work, play, cook, give birth, and celebrate life in their impoverished surroundings. Many black-and white photographs enhance this unusual book. -- Booklist, June 15, 1989