Annihilation (Zagreb, Croatia; March 23d, 2020)

My dear friends. My home was destroyed in the earthquake, in Zagreb, Croatia. I woke up yesterday at 6:23, my whole room and myself were shaking,  just like the guy who is in an “electric chair” at the end of Lynch’s Lost Highway. Since at first, I couldn’t tell what was happening, I started to yell, and ran out of the house as quickly as I could. During this whole winter, there was no snow, and at that moment, it started snowing. The atmosphere was apocalyptic and uncanny. I went back to the house and grabbed my laptop, since many important documents are in there, and went out again. Another earthquake, of similar strength occurred half an hour later. The house is destroyed beyond repair, and it is my only place to live in my hometown. 

I will have to move to the country to my grandfather’s house and then migrate. Most likely to Italy when the pandemic is over. My whole life and my way of living, were destroyed in 12 seconds. I hugged my cat and let her out of the house, so that she doesn’t return to the house which might collapse. I love her dearly, and am not sure if I will see her again. I never wrote a personal post on this blog, and put hundreds of hours in it, hopefully I will publish a collection of essays, but decided to reach out to you in this challenging moment. All of this happened in the wake of the pandemic in Croatia. I am emotionally devastated and financially drained and I am not sure whether I will continue writing. Hope you are doing well in this pandemic, they told us to stay home; at this moment I don’t really have one.

Lots of love,





Why donate?

My home was destroyed in the earthquake on Sunday March 22nd. It was my only place to live in my hometown and I will need all the help I can get at this moment. If you enjoyed reading this blog, you can join many people from Croatia who have already donated to this cause. Thank you!




20 thoughts on “Annihilation (Zagreb, Croatia; March 23d, 2020)

  1. Hi Hrvoje

    I have very little to offer but my concerned thoughts and wish to stay updated with your journey.


    I will PayPal what and when I can!

    You are in a movie – make it a masterpiece


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    1. You are immensely kind. I appreciate your words of consolation and support. You gave me an idea to mantain this blog! I will update you all on my journey and as the title of the post I will symbolically use a famous film title (to keep this site movie related).

      It is intense! I am better today, I recuperate rather quickly.

      You have my sincere gratitude.

      If it were a movie, it would be similar to Midsommar or Argento’s Suspiria, horrific but beautiful. I see it that way. I will do my best to make it a masterpiece.

      Hope you are doing well.


    1. I thank you sincerely for your support. I agree, no one should go through these things, but as Machiavelli says, Fortuna is merciless. We have to fight and build dams against her floods. The problem is I am “damless” at the moment (what a word!) but with enough strength it can be managed.

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  2. Jeez, I’m really sorry to hear that. A pandemic of this magnitude is bad enough by itself, but adding an earthquake to things is flat-out unfair. However you can do it, I hope you pull through.

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    1. I agree, this pandemic is bad enough, but this devastation of personal property i.e. my home is a fatal blow. But, it can be managed to work this out. It will be hard, without a doubt, but being accustomed to longterm suffering prepares one for that. I will fight, and prevail, I hope as well. Good fortune will help!

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  3. Abandoned your cat? Do you know how miserable the life is of a domesticated feline left to fend for themselves? She’ll not understand why you deserted her. She will be at the mercy of feral animals. She has a sad, ugly life now, until she dies.
    Sorry for your misfortune. But you did a very bad thing.


    1. You must understand that I wrote these passages in a state of shock, not knowing whether the house will collapse in one of the subsequent earthquakes. I go there every day for a few hours and feed her, cuddle her. I would like it more if she were with me, but that is not possible at the moment. She is in and around the house, which did not collapse, has a dog she grew up with for company, and as I said, myself, and my family.


    2. Do you know how many abandoned or stray cats there are in Eastern Europe? Millions and millions. It is a way of this harsh life and people are forced to abandon them sometimes. They just have no choice. I mean, there are abandoned CHILDREN without a home sometimes…first these have to be provided for…and only THEN animals – priorities are different when you don’t live in posh and rich capital or country.


  4. I also want to offer my support to you. Stay strong and we are with you! Your film blog is my favourite from the whole wordpress – so intelligent and always a delight to read. I sincerely wish you all the best and happier days!

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