In her own words: the story and the agony behind Dethroned
April 25, 2018
There is nothing good about war: there are no winners; it is neither humanitarian nor humane.
When Gregor Truba, the God of eighties Rock, exchanged his guitar in the nineties for a machine gun, he couldn’t know he was going to be dethroned not only from the centre stage which he dominated for a decade but from his own soul as he set off on a bloody rampage with his elite troupe of Brothers in Arms.
He loved a young gifted poetess Pia, the great grand-niece of Nikola Tesla, who wasn’t able to return Gregor’s love, for she was dethroned from love after witnessing the most shattering scene, possibly staged by her father. Would she ever be able to find love on her mysterious journey from Amsterdam to London, Sydney to Japan?
How many dark secrets did the Catholic Priest, Friar Marag, keep under his tightly-lipped smile, whilst purposely manipulating the faithful, shaping and sculpting their minds and realities as if he was a co-creator working in alliance with the Devil himself to generate chaos and leave his personal stamp on the existence and history of his country. Was he dethroned from humanity for his numerous and well-planned misdeeds?
Was Veronika Truba dethroned from her original self when she changed her name to Nikki Barlow upon her arrival in London, where she formed an unusual friendship with a flamboyant man and the commitment-phobic Dean Bloxham?
From Branka Cubrilo:
There is nothing good about war: there are no winners, it is neither humanitarian nor humane, it is a conflict led by manipulators who do not care about consequences, about ‘collateral damage’ or psychological wounds that can’t be healed afterwards.
In many cases wounds aren’t healed for several generations, the trauma gets passed down to the children, for both the victims of wars and the ‘victors’ are affected as well as the unnamed soldiers whose conscience had to be silenced whilst following orders.
Who can justify war? Why were they actually fought? Have we ever known the exact, true reason for wars that were fought for centuries all over the world?
Wars impoverish countries, making thieves and criminals of people, and often moral judgments cannot be passed in a war. According to many, self-defense is considered to be permissible in the case of an invasion, whilst many would not justify such a theory, arguing that even an invasion is not a reason for atrocities.
The question is: after an absolutely despicable enemy attack, is it justified taking any action during the war to win or to fight off the presented evil, or is that an act of reducing oneself to the same level?
The biggest problem, which I tried to portray about war in Dethroned is that its combatants are prone to self-deception justifying their actions, but there is no plausible moral theory which could license the atrocity and exceptional horror of war.
Dethroned portrays war as a barbaric act. If man believes that there is no law above him and takes the law into his own hands he sets himself onto the path of destruction from where there is no return. That barbaric act of the two wars almost caused the disappearance of European culture.
Dethroned is an anti-war novel; the heroes are anti-heroes, for when there is a lack of clarity and insight into the nature of the war and its consequences everyone loses. After a war the world or man is never the same again; whether this change was for the betterment or for the worse for those who participated willingly or unwillingly, you can find out in my novel that has many twists and turns and takes the reader on an unpredictable journey, offering insights one couldn’t find in mainstream reporting.
This is not ‘just a war drama’, it talks about peace and love, dogma and spirituality, destruction and crisis of morality and humanity, offering hope into the deepening of collective understanding, empathy, and repentance for unthinkable deeds of cruelty and atrocities.
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